Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tamara Marke - Lares

After pouring herself a cup of coffee, Tamara got started on all the last minute fixes that were needed for tonight's performance of Panther and the Crane. While she replaced some Velcro on several costumes I started laying in the sketch for the room. Quite honestly I was a bit overwhelmed, every square inch of space was crammed full of interesting visual details. I took a deep breath and got started. I had to assume she would later be working on the contraption sitting on the high stool.
The device she was working on was to be worn over the shoulders by a puppeteer sort of like a base drum in a marching band. Tamara started hot gun gluing leaves to the shoulder supports. She burnt her fingers a couple of times and said " This is why I usually don't use a hot gun." I couldn't really tell what it was I was sketching, but she explained that it was a nest and sticking out of the nest was a shell with a young chick inside. In the sketch you can only see the chicks wing and a small stick which I presume controls the chicks head movements. Tamara actually took a moment out of her hectic day to show me some of her own sketches. They were amazing! The sketches had twisted organic ink line work and vibrant color, they had a touch of the macabre and yet were very playful. After everything was glued and set, Craig came back with the car from an errand and it was time for them to load the repaired items back into the car and head down to the History Center where rehearsals were going on all day right up until moments before the show at 7:30PM...

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Joseph Hayes said...

Wonderful work, as usual, Thomas. I sent you email about becoming the Official sketch artist for Jazz On Edge... let me know if you're interested (or not!)

Thor said...

Thanks Joseph, Certainly I am interested. I am finding jazz makes me draw faster. Lets get together at some point and talk.