When I watch Tom and Victoria practice,
I don't notice anything odd about their appearance
in the water; I take the distortion for granted.
But when I tried to draw Tom, I found the distortions
needed explanation: No, his arms aren't really
all weenified, his legs and body aren't that thick; it's just
the way the light is reflected by the moving water.
While working on the drawing, I was reminded
of Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon,
the painting that inspired the artist's development
of Cubism. The debut of this painting in 1907
marked the birth of modern art. From my art history
classes, I understood that Cubism was, in part,
an effort by the artists to flatten perspective and
to keep the viewer's eye moving continually
around the composition. I didn't try to "flatten"
the perpective at all, but the distortions made by
the water certainly force one to keep looking
around the picture, making it move.