"Look, a three-headed monkey!!"
Another drawing of Aldric Cheylan
's characters because I just love
drawing these two! ^-^ They are contortion teacher Emaryl and one
of his best pupils, Romir
All the pupils love their master, Emaryl, because he has such a bright
attitude both as a teacher and a person. He has a unique way of
teaching and because of his philosophy his pupils become some of
the most flexible elves in the world! His own contortion practice in
the past helped him to develop his way of teaching.
Emaryl's main idea is that stretching must never be painful but must
be instead something that can be truly enjoyed. First of all, Emaryl
would teach the young elf to touch his feet to the back of his own
head. This is something that most children can do very easily, but
most of them don't even know that they can do it. He would then
let the pupil experience how wonderful it feels, he wouldn't push
any further and would let the boy enjoy the feeling of having his
bare soles laying on the top of his head for as long as he likes.
The student falls in love with this feeling and then Emaryl says
that this is actually what contortion is all about! But it's only the
beginning, more advanced poses would feel even greater!
If it is so enjoyable, the pupil would quickly grow to be obsessed
with it and would want to practice it instead of being forced to
practice it. Emaryl never says such things as "You're good for
nothing!" or "You're not working hard enough!" or anything like
that, because saying that would represent the teacher's own
failure that the student isn't interested enough.
The next stage is learning to fold the back completely in half
backwards, it takes a pretty long period of training during which
Emaryl tells his students very inspiring lectures. He says that
putting feet on the head is just child's play, while folding
completely in half is the most amazing thing the body can ever
experience! The sensation while sitting on your own shoulders
cannot be even compared to anything else, it's a truly
The pupils listen to Emaryl's philosophy while gulping and having
with their eyes wide open and when he's done talking they
immediately want to stretch to learn it as soon as possible. And
very often they overdo it, and then Emaryl tells them: "Hey, if
you came here to torture yourself, you came into a wrong
trainer!" He explains that pushing too hard is the first step to
develop a hatred for contortion. The pain would build a fear of
stretching and that fear would result in getting more stiff
because of the stress, which would consequentially make it only
more and more painful. When the training becomes a source of
stress, the pupil would start avoiding it and eventually would
stop training at all!
Emaryl often says that the mistake of other contortion teachers
is that they push too much. A good teacher, according to
Emaryl, should not just contort the student's body but he
should allow the student's body to develop the feeling of love
for being contorted. The body should grow to enjoy being
contorted, the stretching should not be a stress but a pleasure.
Only through love and pleasure truly amazing things are possible,
and only if the student is really enjoying it like nothing else.
Anyway, this is a stone bridge behind Emaryl's house. It is rare
to see other elves crossing this bridge because it's at the
outskirts of the village and this bridge is only actively used
during festivals and special events, or when the elves need to
trade with other villages. Otherwise the bridge is rarely used,
but it's a place with a nice view and Emaryl likes to use it for
outdoors training, since fresh air is very good for the body, and
proper breathing is one of the most important nuances while
stretching: if the breathing is restricted the student would get
stressed within minutes, but if the breathing is well done, it's
very enjoyable to stay contorted even for a very long time.
And of course, some of the best poses are often done
p.s. Once again thank you so much, Aldric, for having created
such a beautiful place as the Oriental village and such
wonderful characters as Emaryl, Romir and many others!
They're such a pleasure to think about and to draw! ^-^ <3Characters belong to Aldric Cheylan ©
Art by Yuni (yuni.gohanxtrunks.net)