Meet #maudecharron. She’s a pretty cool powerlifter. After watching her at an international meet, I felt the urge to draw her. Her expression tells a story. She was about to go for her second clean and jerk and while chalking up she shot the weights a defiant look. Now you have to understand; up until this point she had been a ray of sunshine. She almost danced with glee on the platform for her first lift. She was so energetic and upbeat that I was happy for her. But her demeanor changed here. You could tell that she felt that this would be a challenge, but her confidence in herself was unwavering. I love that about athletes. It’s a confidence borne of achievement. “I can because I have”. Of course she made the lift. And her playful excitement returned, but I CV had seen the steel and conviction behind her grace. So I drew her. Right at that moment when she decided that she would succeed, no matter what. Look at that expression. You almost feel sorry for those weights.
Well, it’s that time of year when people approach me to draw really buff women. I don’t mind ❤️
Believe it or not, the whole thing is something that flowed from a lifelong love of weightlifting for me. I have absolutely no problem with a woman trying to be as strong as she wants.
Of course my first show as a spectator made me want to draw these superhuman physiques. And the ladies were more amiable and less guarded than the guys when asked. So I naturally started there.
Having someone willing to pose for dramatic effect was a turning point for me. I’d never had an opportunity to do still life drawing; so I relished having access to people so willing. I guess you can say that I gained a new artistic appreciation for bodybuilders.
I try not to over sexualize the people I draw. That component is there of course, but it’s not the point.
If you’re trying to get the same effect in your work, you have to understand that the people you’re drawing ARE PEOPLE. I do the same thing with cosplay. I find it brings out the best in them.
Sometimes it’s good to just draw an emotion. It keeps things simple, but gives a clean look. I actually like those best.
So that’s that! Now you have an answer for my drawings of women being mostly muscular.
Oddly enough, no one wants an off-season image of themselves, lol.
There are a few exceptions. And honestly, if you’re one, let me know, because I’d love to do more pictures like this one.
This weekend I received a message asking if I’d be interested in doing a cover for a comic book! I was so excited! But I didn’t want to rush it, so I took time to come to with some questions about the gig. Then I went back into messenger to write back.
I couldn’t find it!!
I’ve been in a panic. Did they rescind the offer? Did I delete it by mistake? Hell, did I imagine it? So upset!
Ordinarily a happy ending comes through on these things. So far, nope. What if that was my one chance?
I’m not super handsome and not 1℅ smart, but I have two things going for me; talent and perseverance. I’ll get more chances as long as I continue to improve.
I know that reads like arrogance. It’s really more… confidence. I know my story will end the way I want. There’s just stuff I need to do to get there.
It’ll be okay.
Everything starts with faith in yourself. And you won’t know you have it until things start to suck, lol
You can do it😊