Saturday, August 10, 2013

dancing with myself

yelena bryksenkova_dancing
you know, just a late night dance party for one. i really held my breath over those miniature dalida and bardot faces! tiny painting requires too much time and concentration to make a process video, but i hope an animated gif is close enough. i'll try to break it down into more stages next time, but you get the idea:
dancing on Make A Gif


Jennifer said...

Thank you for showing the stages you go through! I'd love to know what tools you work with too (type of paint, pen etc.) and how long it takes you from start to finish.

Anushka said...

Just brilliant! I love the energy!

Anne said...

I love watching the progression. It's like a magic trick done before clearly before one's eyes and yet still it can't be completely understood, and so one watches over and over.

How can one do the flowers on the wall and then the black background and still keep the flowers? Wow

Without this time line I don't think I would have realized your hear was turned that way.

The figure is remarkable flat . We could be seeing her lying in bed from over head

Marvelous of course :)

Thanks to seeing the stages, one can see the drawings fine bones...the foundation of it all

Thank you for posting !

Anne said...

Is there a significance to the star chart from 1992?

I don't know how you work so small and get this detail. You're amazing. Bigger is way easier of course...but crafting the drawing like piece of jewelry is a large part of the fun for you I think . :)

emma said...

Yelena, this is great. Really inspiring! I wish I could go back in time and go to art school! How long does it take you to do a piece like this? Also what scale do you work in, do you do it bigger then scale down? I think one of the hardest things in drawing and painting is being patient and slowing down and taking the time. Thanks so much, Emma

yelena bryksenkova said...

thanks for the appreciation, everyone!

for this one i used mostly watercolor - my set of choice is a box of "leningrad" watercolor cakes - as well as some acryla gouache and, for the blue-black, windsor & newton "payne's gray," straight from the tube. i like it because it's a great substitute for black; just as dark but with more depth and nuance. and it took me about ten hours to complete!

thank you for your thorough observation, as always. the star chart actually says 1942, and no, there isn't any special significance to the year. i was looking at vintage star charts and copied a particular one. i wanted to use a significant year at first, but couldn't decide on one and so made an arbitrary decision. it's true, holding my breath over those tiny details really is the best part for me; a larger piece of paper and i become quite lost!!

this took about 10 hours to complete (not counting the breaks and distractions) and the size is about 4.5 x 5.5 inches. very small; i usually end up working at the size i'm comfortable with and scaling it up. what you see on the screen here is larger than the actual painting. i'm impatient with other activities, but this is an area where i actually LOVE to slow down and focus on the tiniest details. it's almost a zen kind of state: i feel completely calm and centered, and once a major decision is made, i can work on "autopilot" until the next one.


Kelly said...

so lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi Yelena
This was so great to watch "come alive".... and it made me so happy to remember being a teenager and dancing to Kate Bush records. You are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing and writing about what tools you use... though I'm thinking even if you drew with a stick in the sand the picture would look amazing.

Jen Collins said...

already lost count of how many time i just watched this. so ace to see your method.

also in awe of how this is bigger than the final piece!

Pattie Jansen said...

I absolutely ADORE how you can skew the perspective and have it all work in such a wildly intriguing composition. It is such a privilege and so magical to see your process, from the skeleton of the drawing to the full-fledged painting. Just fascinating. How did you get the lid on the record player to look frosted and transparent against black?! I'm also curious to know how you developed your stylized figures. Your girls are so unique and architectural, yet they are soft and very human too.
Thanks, Yelena, for sharing and inspiring!
And I love the late night dance party for one... I've done lots of these!

yelena bryksenkova said...

jen and ericka:
thanks a lot, i'm glad you enjoyed the process. it's kind of interesting for me to watch, too, as i can step back and look at it from the "outside" as if it's someone else's work and note the order in which i do things and how i fix errors! - stuff that's lost on me when i'm absorbed in the work itself.

thanks for your thoughtful response :)
for the lid on the record player, using white like i did on the windows would be too risky (major smudging!) so instead i just painted the wallpaper pattern using a watered-down mix of the same colors, patting it immediately with tissue to make sure it's really pale.
regarding the figures - i don't know, just something that happened over time. i do use myself as reference most of the time, especially for hand gestures, so i suppose it's my own physiognomy simplified into as few lines as possible.


giallodinylon said...

love dalida <3


barbara said...

this is such a great piece...I agree to everything you write here, the comment of Patty just includes all the admiration i have for your work and the same questions! Thank you so much for your generosity to share your process here!!