Martha Graham: Lamentation by LilaeaBluecoat

Martha Graham: Lamentation

by LilaeaBluecoat in Album

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable."
Reference was a picture of Graham in her costume form the famous choreography "Lamentation", as photographed by Barbara Morgan.

The scan actually looks better than the drawing itself. Go figure. :roll:
Since this was done on A5 size, the face was only about 1.4 inches/3.5 cm. I know some of my dA friends like doing miniatures. I can now say with absolute certainty that will never become a hobby of mine!

Easy as this drawing might seem, I had a hard time. At some point the paper started behaving as if it were damaged (leaving little dark blotches of graphite that could not be removed) and I became pretty angry and frustrated. Needless to say I'm not very happy with the end result.

- Reference
- Winsor & Newton Extrs Smooth Bristol A5
- Graphite pencils 4H through 2B
- Mechanical pencils
- Pencil eraser, Tom Bow Mono Eraser, kneaded eraser
- Tissue, blending stumps, make-up pads, chamois

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