Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12.31.14 One Last Post for 2014!

Hey there!
welcome back to my studio....for this, my last post of 2014, I thought I would focus on the other work I do that gets tons and tons of hits--my dancing drawings!  This year I had my first solo exhibition featuring these drawings. Normally, I view drawing as a means to an end because as a story-teller, I am using it as a visual language to communicate but this project was just about the act of drawing--and drawing the thing I love to draw the most which is the figure in motion.  I'm not much of a dancer but I love to watch it and even more, I love to draw it.  I'm not a fine artist and I never had any ambitions of being a gallery-type artist so it was a really nice treat to have had this experience. Thanks, Altered Esthetics, for putting it on!  And here, direct to you, is the full collection:

Company BLU, 2013

Dancing Arms, 2013

Saut de Chat Arabesque, 2013

Twirling, 2013

Twist, 2013

Spiral Arms, 2013

Zenon 2, 2013

Zenon Arms, 2013

  And here is a bunch of solo poses:

Solo Poses, 2013

It was really fun to have an opening with all my friends and a bunch of strangers!  And overall the show had a super positive response, which was really's a pic of me at the show (this one is my fave:)

Beckaroooooo!!! 2014

But there was even more!  I submitted some other dancing themed work for a juried show at the Las Lagunas Gallery in LA and I got in!  Well...this piece got in:

Ballerina Graffiti 3, 2013
 I really liked the moody lighting in that photo so I made these, too:

Dancer Adjusting Her Shoe, 2014
Neon Tutu, 2014
I did a few more of these but I'm running out of time and space!  So those are the ones you get.

My favorite part of this project was getting to sit in on rehearsals and dance classes and to see and draw the dancers in action right in front of me--it was such a fun experience working on this series and huge ego boost to boot! haha  ...But, alas, I haven't been able to pursue it recently because I've been so busy with my book and other things and that's cool--I really enjoyed the experience--I'm sure I'll do more in the future, in the meantime--thanks for all the hits and all the encouragement and compliments--I love compliments!! :-)))

I hope you had a good 2014, mine was pretty cool, I must say.
Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next year! :-)
Love, Beckaroooooo!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12.24.14 A Holi-DAZE post!

Hello friends!
It's been quite a year for me and, after reviewing my blog traffic, I've decided to create for you an all Phantom post!  It's a Happy Holi-DAZE present for you! (since you all love it so much--thanks!!!)  I'm working on hashing out a script for it but that is not something I will post--it does mean there is more to come, though!  I'll be posting layouts as I go along, of course...anyway, it was a lovely surprise this year to learn how much people like the work I've done for Phantom, it's very encouraging and much appreciated! :-)
 So here you go--
A Very Phantom Collection for the holidays!
"The Chandelier" 2013

"Christine Daae" 2013
"No More Talk of Darkness..." 2014
"The Trapdoor"  pages 1 and 2
"The Trapdoor" pages 3 and 4

"The Red Death" 2014

"Masked Ball, panel detail" 2012
"The Masquerade" 2014

Of course, the Opera House has a dark side too....

"On the Underground Lake" 2014

"That Voice Which Calls To Me" 2014
"Secretly Possess You" 2014

And here are some sketches that I'm particularly fond of:

I think I will play a bit with those Paris Opera House sketches...I love this project and I'm excited to see what new work for it will come in the new year!  Right now it is the holiday time and I am determined to relax and have fun!!!!! ....I kinda suck at that--but I'm working on it!!!
  Happy Holidays!  And thanks again for all the Phantom love I got this year!!  I love the love.
Now for some eggnog and roasted chestnuts....(:
Love, Beckarooo!!!