the figure - gesture drawings.
Gesture drawings are very common, almost a default practice in most figure drawing classes. Gesture
drawings are fun, and pretty simple. The model takes quick (quick, quick)
poses, and the students quickly scribble out the "gesture"the
essence of the pose, in a few fluid lines.
gesture drawings are sloppy, inaccurate, and for practice only. That's
what they are meant to be. They are to help the artist "loosen
up" and not obsess on details so much. When an artist obsesses
on details, they don't always get the animated, fluid pose of the model.
have scanned in a few of some gesture drawings I did in a Life Drawing
class. As you can see, they are incomplete as drawings. But, they do
show how most figure drawings startfrom the outside in.
that there are lines indicating the legs, arms and spine. These lines
indicate the position of the limbs. And notice the scribbled "circles"
for the hip area and chest area. This is to indicate the bulk of these
areas. Also, there should be an indication of angle of the hips and
lines are always drawn first in a gesture drawing. Then, if there is
time, the body is "filled in." You'll see on the figure on
the right that I didn't have time to fill in the legs. The model had
finished the pose before I was done with the sketch. And, notice that
the figure on left only has little lines to indicate the armsI
didn't have time to finish them either. But the gesture and feel of
the entire pose is still more or less there, because the lines
are all there.
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