Song of the Week

I'm trying out this new thing where I share "Song of the Week" posts. Music has always been an important part of my life and also one of my must-haves for when I'm creating my artwork. I thought I'd share whatever particular songs have helped me get "in the zone" while art making, and also it's always fun in general to talk about good music!

What songs get you in the zone when you want to get creative? Here's one of my top choices ...


SONG OF THE WEEK: "Desperado" by Rihanna

Back when I spent most of my free time choreographing at the Velocity Dance Center (in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle), I would often find myself overthinking every move I came up with. The song let me loosen up, lose the fear of doing a "wrong" move and just go with the flow. Out of that came some of the dance moves I was most proud of that were part of a performance I did sometime last year.

It turns out the song has had a similar effect when it comes to my drawing process. I tend to get too cautious and worry I'm going to do a "wrong" stroke that's going to ruin the whole sketch, and the song (among other songs from the same Rihanna album) has helped me get out of my head, really focus and lose the fear of making mistakes. Besides, awhile ago I had decided to force myself to make any drawing mistakes look like they were done on purpose, so it all seems to be working out so far. :)

Dance the Night Away

Originally posted on August 26, 2016.

Last night, I decided to divert a bit from my usual style of portrait drawing. Instead of zooming in on and making sure to carve every facial feature of a woman's face, I focused on drawing the whole body. I also told myself not to spend more than five minutes on each piece. And, of course, I only drew dancers. :)

In case you didn't already know, I. Love. Dance. I've also always been fascinated in general by the human figure, whether I'm watching someone perform a modern dance piece or catching sight of a Bernini sculpture, dramatic movement and muscle and all. Thus, even though I didn't spend that much time on the above pieces, I put most of my energy into detailing the dancers' muscle tones. I wanted to accentuate the power and contagious energy that a person can carry within them, which shows through movement, especially dance.