First off, hello! I’ve missed you all! I’ve left comments here and there for some, but unfortunately not all. So so sorry. My new Big Girl Job takes up a lot of energy and I just plop into bed some nights, not to be woken again until the next morning. I’ll get this acclimated soon, I swear!
In the midst of all that, I’ve been a good patriotic girl and have been following our U.S. team in the World Cup tournaments. Actually watching games and all that! Granted, I don’t know a lot about soccer, nor would anyone I know ever perceive me as a sports fan, so you can say I’ve been caught up in the World Cup storm. I’m a bandwagon-jumper, I’ll totally admit it. But there is a sort of drama to the games that’s appealing; a ninety-minute battle, country versus country filled with rapid footwork, quick wits and pulled hamstrings. Oh, and don’t forget the yellow cards. I’m half impressed because below the waist I’m as uncoordinated as they come, so the concept of confidently guiding a ball on a field of green with not much more than your feet is just mind-boggling to me.
But not to get too sucked into the sports side, I’ve found that the high-def images provided by FIFA provide ample art models to the average artist. Here, let me show you…
Anyone who has taken a Life Drawing class will tell you there’s not really a way for a model to hold poses like Mr. Howard or Mr. Jones above for a prolonged period of time. So these angles and stances are a nice treat to those artists looking for more action-packed models. (Graphic art panel artists? Yes?)
Notice also, there’s enormous waves of emotion during these games, and the players never fail to deliver. You can just see in their faces the progression of emotions.
Whether blood-thirsty victory….
Or exhausted desperation.
This just makes me chuckle. Povre Christiano.
Face studies, anyone?
In short, I’m that lame sod off in the corner, enjoying what little I know of the game and thinking, “Man, I wish I could capture that moment on canvas.” Maybe start with pouty-puff Ronaldo up there.
So all my non-sports fan artsy-fartsy pals out there, don’t forget to turn your artistic eye towards the World Cup this summer. It’s an untapped reservoir.
It’ll make Coach Klinsmann happy…