Not so easy. Sitting and watching with the intention of sketching, the first thing you notice is there's constant motion. Further study and you detect that the fencers invariably have a moment when they pause before an attack. It's a moment that quivers with energy. Then you notice there's a repetition to what's happening, like the beats and steps in a ballet.
|Sizing up the Opponent|
The school is a testimony to the wholesomeness of the sport of fencing. There's a large sign that features the names of students who have gone on to prestigious universities. Even more impressive is the sign that shows students who have competed in the Olympics.
|The Student and the Instructor|
The last thing you notice is that fencing is a thorough and exhausting workout. This last sketch is of a fencer who sat on the floor texting after his workout with a private coach. He was drenched in sweat, but seemed pleased with the session he'd just completed.
|Texting After the Workout|