Tuesday, February 24, 2009

figuring beauty

I love curves.

And this is new.

Generally I have liked bony angular bodies that form sveltle, lengthy lines, b/c I spent my youth drooling over ballerinas' long, lean, muscular legs and teeny torsos.

But for the past 3 weeks I have been taking a figure drawing class and have spent hours staring at very normal, natural, real naked female bodies.

And so far these bodies have been anything but angular.

I'm not sure if everyone approaches drawing this way, but if I am going to capture something, I want to search every crevice to find the beauty, and honestly, looking at these normal weight, curvy, untoned bodies, it isn't hard. There's the difference in the ratio between the waist and thighs, the multiple hills that are layered over the hip bones, the cinched-in part of the leg that punctuates the thigh from the calf: it's like a piece of chiffon flowing back and forth. Everything flows and grows into the next wave. Female bodies are all just interesting casings that enclose a universal template.

It makes me want to run home after class and stare at my naked body in the mirror and find the equivilant curves in my body. The template for them, courtesy of reproductory needs and estrogen, is under there in everyone. And the way our bodies hug this template in various forms is really beautiful. And worthy of art. In each example.