"La Sylphide" -- line art in pen on paper, scanned image colored in Corel Painter on Intuos 3 tablet.
This piece was inspired by the legendary Italian ballerina, Marie Taglioni. She danced the original role of the sylph in the premiere of the ballet "La Sylphide" in 1832 (Not to be confused with "Les Sylphides" -- aka "Chopiniana" -- where a bunch of female dancers in white romantic tutus dance with one guy. That's a different ballet, completely) with her brother dancing the role of James, the young man who falls in love with her despite his engagement to a village girl.
It's my favorite ballet. The version which gave me the most lasting impression was one of the old productions by the Paris Opera Ballet, featuring Ghislaine Thesmar. Her dancing was just so enchanting -- she really moved as if she was light as air. *happy sigh* Although the choreography that has survived to this day is the August Bournonville version and not the original Filippo Taglioni (Marie's father) version.
Anyway, I wanted to give this piece the feel of the classic romanticism of the1800s with gold and brown tones, with various shades of pink added for the sweet nostalgia of that era. ^^
©2011 Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer