Saturday, April 7, 2007
Dance, Ballerina, Dance
Possibly the only time in my life that I ever drew a ballerina... like most straight American men, the ballet was never a big part of my life. I did actually attend one performance in my teens, which mostly stands out in my memory because a dancer tripped and fell, and I have a vivid memory of the horrible stillness that hung in the air as the poor girl picked herself up and composed herself. It's been almost 25 years and I still cringe at the thought. This drawing, though, is from much earlier, and produces no such discomfort...only the disquieting concern that her sinister crimson smile is evidence that she's contemplating drinking some unwary art patron's blood. Remember...to a fan of the Lugosi version, Swan Lake is better known as "Theme from Dracula". Coincidence...or something more? Beware!