AAD (Art a Day Project): Week 42

("Art Deco Steampunk". Friday 7/4/14. Pencil.)

(“Art Deco Steampunk”. Friday 7/4/14. Pencil.)

("Accordion Player". Saturday 7/5/14. Pencil.)

(“Accordion Player”. Saturday 7/5/14. Pencil.)

("Violin Player". Sunday 7/6/14. Pencil.)

(“Violin Player”. Sunday 7/6/14. Pencil.)

("Peacock". Monday 7/7/14. Pencil.)

(“Peacock”. Monday 7/7/14. Pencil.)

("New shawl." Tuesday 7/8/14. Pencil.)

(“New shawl.” Tuesday 7/8/14. Pencil.)

("Profile". Wednesday 7/9/14. Pencil.)

(“Profile”. Wednesday 7/9/14. Pencil.)

("Dancing". Thursday 7/10/14. Pencil.)

(“Dancing”. Thursday 7/10/14. Pencil.)


And let the countdown begin: Approximately 10 weeks left

AAD (Art a Day): Week 41

("Makeup idea". Friday 6/27/14. Colored pencil and pen.)

(“Makeup idea”. Friday 6/27/14. Colored pencil and pen.)

("Dark Eyes". Saturday 6/28/14. Pencil.)

(“Dark Eyes”. Saturday 6/28/14. Pencil.)

("Palta". Sunday 6/29/14. Pencil.)

(“Palta”. Sunday 6/29/14. Pencil.)

("Lili". Monday 6/30/14. Pencil.)

(“Lili”. Monday 6/30/14. Pencil.)

("M1". Tuesday 7/1/14. Pencil.)

(“M1”. Tuesday 7/1/14. Pencil.)

("M2". Wednesday 7/2/14. Pencil.)

(“M2”. Wednesday 7/2/14. Pencil.)

("B1". Thursday 7/3/14. Pencil.)

(“B1”. Thursday 7/3/14. Pencil.)

AAD (Art a Day Project) : Week 38

("Behind the screen". Friday 6/6/14. Sharpie.)

(“Behind the screen”. Friday 6/6/14. Sharpie.)

("Winter Scene". Saturday 6/7/14. Pen.)

(“Winter Scene”. Saturday 6/7/14. Pen.)

("On the rocks". Sunday 6/8/14. Pen.)

(“On the rocks”. Sunday 6/8/14. Pen.)

("Woodland Fairy". Monday 6/9/14. Sharpie.)

(“Woodland Fairy”. Monday 6/9/14. Sharpie.)

("Jewelry". Tuesday 6/10/14. Pencil.)

(“Jewelry”. Tuesday 6/10/14. Pencil.)

("Zeus". Wednesday 6/11/14. Pencil.)

(“Zeus”. Wednesday 6/11/14. Pencil.)

("Yeti Ninja". Thursday 6/12/14. Pencil.)

(“Yeti Ninja”. Thursday 6/12/14. Pencil.)

AAD (Art a Day Project): Week 17

Hey everyone! So I’ve decided to switch things up a bit and not include the time it took to draw the pictures (just because it doesn’t seem relevant anymore). I’ve learned that I cannot, due to my own creative process, other projects, or work, sit down in one setting and draw a picture. That being said, all the pictures still will be drawn in a 24 hour period every day until sometime in September.

If anyone really wants me to include times I will, but for now I think I’ll just write the date and title of my little doodles.

("Tsuchigumo". Friday 1/10/14. Start - 2:05 pm. End - 2:35 pm. Pen.)

(“Tsuchigumo”. Friday 1/10/14. Pen.)

("AD Design". Saturday 1/19/14)

(“AD Design”. Saturday 1/19/14. Sharpie.)

And that makes another notebook full of drawings! Now to book 3…

("Native American Mucha". Sunday 1/12/14. Pen.)

(“Native American Mucha”. Sunday 1/12/14. Pen.)

("Woman on the moon". Monday 1/13/14. Pen.)

(“Woman on the moon”. Monday 1/13/14. Pen.)

("Tribal". Tuesday 1/14/14. Pen.)

(“Tribal”. Tuesday 1/14/14. Pen.)

("Evil Queen". Wednesday 1/15/14. Pen.)

(“Evil Queen”. Wednesday 1/15/14. Pen.)

("Aslan". Thursday 1/16/14. Pen.)

(“Aslan”. Thursday 1/16/14. Pen.)

Belly Dance…as inspiration for other art forms

(Zoe Jakes and Rachel Brice, photographed by Pixie Vision Productions and drawn in pencil by me (as practice for drawing faces and intricate detail))

(Zoe Jakes and Rachel Brice, photographed by Pixie Vision Productions and drawn in pencil by me (as practice for drawing faces and intricate detail))

Ah, Belly Dance. So many things come to mind when you hear that word. It means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I don’t want to get into the dance itself (as that would be an entirely different blog and there are already many excellent belly dance bloggers in the world), but rather, how belly dance has inspired my own artwork.

This past year almost every single one of my pieces has been inspired by belly dance (and before you go thinking, wow, that’s kind of weird, please note that I’ve been belly dancing since I was sixteen, and it is one of my day jobs).

All the women and men (yes, men) that I’ve met through dance are beautiful and strong. On stage, they perform with passion and grace, some pushing the boundaries of the dance and others keeping traditions alive and reminding belly dancers why they dance in the first place.

This strength and independence I see on stage is always the spirit behind the figures in my artwork.

Costuming is another inspiring aspect of belly dance. The costuming in belly dance is unbelievable, especially in Tribal fusion belly dance, as it is a fusion of many dance styles. This means dancers could take costuming pieces from almost any culture they wished to form something new and interesting. I’ve seen astounding use of colors, jewels, headpieces and crowns, and makeup.

The intricate jewelry I find particularly fascinating. The photo at the top of this post is one that I did about five years ago, as practice drawing faces and jewelry. All credit should go to Pixie Vision Productions, and the two models, Zoe Jakes and Rachel Brice.

Looking at the piece now, I can see what needs improvement. Nothing is ever perfect.

But this piece taught me a lot about detail. The way these ladies decorate themselves is extraordinary and it was a privilege to try to recreate all the buttons, feathers, flowers, crystals, etc. that they were wearing for that shoot.

I’ve always been detail oriented, but the detail that goes into costuming and creating a dance comes out in my visual art, and I have belly dance to thank for that, and the hundreds of belly dancers that are just amazing in what they create and perform.

This is just a short post (I could go on and on about the dance, what it means to me, and so on and so forth), but I just wanted to give a shout out to the art form that keeps inspiring me to create.