Rock Bottom : Post 04 – Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya’s family was sent into turmoil when her father was taken away and executed for their Jewish heritage. Soon after his death, her pregnant mother was sent to work in a labour camp. Throughout this, Maya lived with her aunt and trained hard to pursue her passion – dance. She became the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow and her success eventually allowed her to dance well into her sixties.

ROCK BOTTOM is a celebration of the now-famous survivors of human tribulation. This series of illustrations depicts “rock bottom” as a place where the successful nurtured their ambition and took risks that eventually propelled them to succeed.

Panorama Series

Every now and then, I bring out a sketchbook to supply me with a good reason to sit around and people watch. Whether it be from my former dorm room window on Bloor overlooking the Spadina Avenue intersection (seeing people the size of ants, and buses that circle the station like idle caterpillars) or from across the street from my family’s home in Ottawa (greeting the neighbourhood dogs and their human doppelgängers).

These are the first few pages of what will be a collection of observational line drawings of the places I visit, lurk, wander, and think.

New Scanner

After much deliberation, I finally invested in a better scanner! For the past few years I’ve been using a scanner that has taken to “enhancing” scans by pumping up contrast – turning pages bright white and yellow like dog’s pee on snow. Hopefully, this scanner (the Epson Perfection V600) will prove itself worthy. This is a test scan of a polaroid taken by my brother, Eugene, at OCADu’s 98th Graduate Exhibition. More on that later…!