I knew I’d hate this exercise! I find it very difficult to draw from either my imagination or from memory. (Being married to the Management for forty years did not make the portrait from memory any easier!)
I had considered seeking out an Indian dance school in the area for this exercise, but was unable to find one in the time.
I hoped very short time intervals might help. It didn’t! I recorded a short modern dance from Sky Arts 2 which was to the music of Ravel’s Bolero. A male dancer with a muscular, toned physique (you could certainly make out muscles and bone structure under the skin with him!) danced on a raised platform, while progressively more and more other male dancers joined around the platform as the music became more frenetic.
I paused the recording at various points, tried to memorise the pose, turned off the recording and tried to draw the dancer. With the first pose, I managed to get the legs the wrong way round even though I was drawing the pose only a minute after studying it! I’m blaming the black leggings – which I didn’t attempt to describe as black.
After drawing five poses, I decided to redraw them directly from the paused recording.
Drawn from memory
Drawn directly from the TV.