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CoolBird
05-11-2006, 05:42 AM
hi everyone, does this look right? is she dancing?

Goon
05-11-2006, 08:49 PM
i'm not the greatest person to respond, but here's my take.

your subject appears to be a ballerina, or at least is striking a similar pose. However her pose is very linear and straight. There is effectively a vertical line going from her right hand to her left foot. If you look at ballerinas they tend to flow, and a straight line like this would probably be hard to find. So perhaps, if you do this again, start with a curved line of action.
IMG (http://www.prima-ballerina.org/RWB04-1180_prv.jpg)
IMG (http://www.prima-ballerina.org/RWB04-1188_prv.jpg)
IMG (http://www.refocus-now.com/Stock/Dance/images/002%20Ballet%20ballerina%20dance%20woman%20movement.JPG)
furthermore, she is off balance. typically a person holding such a pose would lean forward strongly, and use her upper body and arm to balance out the leg's mass. this pose is not maintainable.
it seems as if she should be in perspective, with her torso tilted towards the camera, leaning into it,and the raised leg receding into the background. if this is the case, you should emphasize the perspective, as I am not getting this sensation.
the skirt and hair are articles influenced by secondary motion, but i cannot figure out why they are positioned as they are. perhaps you should figure out what pose she was in before this.

Rebeccak
05-15-2006, 02:37 AM
CoolBird,

Have been out of town, sorry for not replying earlier. :)

I think it would be helpful to see the reference from which you are working. Also, the sketch is at such an early stage that things could change quite dramatically as you continue to paint. Do you intend to use this in a final piece of some sort, or was this only intended as a sketch? :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

CoolBird
05-17-2006, 12:52 AM
this is just an early sketch of an image i am attempting to make, i just couldn't get the right pose that i wanted. but thank you all for helping out, i should go look around to find some images before sketching.

Rebeccak
05-17-2006, 12:58 AM
CoolBird,

If you are looking for References, there are two great threads here you might want to check out: :)

I5 Minute Sketchathon - Thread 1: Reference (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=298699)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=298699

Tons of dance reference in the thread above.

Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257570)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257570

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

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