cats in the cradle:
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making it look easy:
As expected, in any breeze at all, the Bermuda America’s Cup will be sailed entirely above the water if Emirates Team New Zealand’s most recent practice is any indication. Watch the 11:30 mark of this video from AC junkie MyIslandHomeBermuda for an incredible sequence of foiling tack/foiling rounding/foiling gybe and note the stability on the Kiwi AC50; is ETNZ once again too stable for speed, or do they finally have it right?
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After learning the fundamentals of how to draw figures that stand still, serious artists are introduced to the concept of the line of action. What is it?
First of all, the action line represents the figure’s flow of motion. This is particularly important in portraying cats. Artists experienced in capturing a cat’s movement in drawing begin their composition doodling with waves of lines on their paper or canvas, trying to imagine a suitable movement or action for their figure. Finding the right line of action is crucial to their drawing as they consider it the “mother of all foundations.”
To artists, a lines of action is never be complicated, lest it makes the figure awkward and mangled. Bear in mind that cats move, and shall always be expected to move, in a very graceful manner that when captured on film and viewed frame by frame, it would be like the cat were posing for a magazine cover or centerfold. Do also consider the fluidity of the cat’s movement. The gracefulness of its movement seems to provide an uncanny feeling of predictability, that you almost always know what it is going to do next, except that this understanding is based on your feeling, as if you yourself were the cat. A cat glides through an unbroken sequence of what may seem to be a pre-scripted motion. Notice this difference when observing birds. Birds are nervous and jerky, and will not stand still.
Cat artists will explain that there is a unique excitement derived from drawing cats, and it begins in finding the right line of action. While it is true that the line of action fundamentally determines the motion pose for any figure (human, for example), with the cat, the line easily becomes the figure. Usually, an action line appears as a pencil streak across a blank drawing field where a figure is later built upon. For the human figure, it is a vertical or diagonal line, slightly curved in representing its spine; for cats, it is many times horizontal but more bent like the current of a wave of water. The sprinting image of a cheetah, for example, with its all its legs up in the air, may begin with an action line that looks like a representation of an AC power stream. A kitten captured in a pouncing frolic over a yarn may basically look like diagonal overextended S.
An action line is a line of discipline. It controls the artist’s concept and the way a spectator sees the figure. Its straightforwardness facilitates an easier organization of the figure’s details as the stages progress; it will also aid to a trouble-free understanding of the figure when it is later viewed.
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