People dancing is another story. In gesture drawing you can get enough lines on the paper to suggest the human form in motion, but more than that, I don't think so. That's where photographs come in handy, for some artists, maybe not me.
When I use a photograph things get dicey. I see way too many details. I can't squint enough to blur the two dimensional scene. With live models my brain decides what to keep and what to eliminate. In the latest watercolor I did of the dancing party I took my reference from that photo and drew the scene with the least amount of detail possible. Then I went in with color. Working like that felt like a coloring book, a cartoon.
|Art Instructor (c)2000 Dora Sislian Themelis Watercolor|
|(c)2000 Dora Sislian Themelis Watercolor|
|We are Artists Too (c)2000 Dora Sislian Themelis Watercolor|
|Playing Laouto (c)2000 Dora Sislian Themelis|
|Gregory (c)2000 Dora Sislian Themelis|
These two pieces were done live also. The top is of Son#1 while he was practicing his instrument. The second is Son#2 as he was doing his homework. Both were worked without prior drawing except for the shape of Son#1's head just for proportion. Basically, I sketched in paint. Do these paintings look melancholy to you?
|Dance Party (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis Watercolor|
Here we are back at the dance party painting. I can see the difference between this and the others. How could I have treated this differently without seeking out a dance party to paint at? I didn't try to go at it with just paint and no sketching in pencil. Would that have made the difference? It's still a photograph though, not live.