We artists can sometimes get lazy. Relying too much on photographic reference, our paintings can conjure a feeling of artifice. They stiffen and fall flat. Feel contrived. Overly orchestrated.
To avoid the bland, I turn to drawing from scratch. I love to draw and wonder why I don't sketch more often. Other artist's drawings intrigue me. Drawing can illustrate line, direction, speed, chains of bodies in space, ovoids, nuance, milieu, tenor - okay, so I'm sounding like my art history professor and you get the point.
In an attempt to express the dynamic:
I considered foreshortening the front leg. In a large canvas this could be effective, on this small panel I decided it would look awkward.
Fun exercise. It ended up with a slightly Asian feel. Like it? Make me an offer...
“When you do dance, I wish you a wave o' the sea, that you might ever do nothing but that” - William Shakespeare