Drawing Gesture, first class
Hello! I'd like to share the first two days of exercising gesture drawing. If there's anything that should be tackled fisrst to avoid bad habits or fundamental mistakes in how to convey gesture, please, let me know! Cheers!
Hey, @Lucas, great stuff! I see you’ve gotten some useful feedback already. I agree that you’re doing really well! Your replies and more recent posts show your commitment to your learning, and that’s the path that will lead you to grow your skills. I think I don’t have much to add for now except encourage you to keep practicing! The following lessons on the Figure course will tackle more closely the idea of conveying 3D form (which you said you still struggle with), so I’m curious to see how future assignments will help you with it. Feel free to keep sharing your work! Happy studies!
Here's a few gesture exercises from today. tried focusing on making the lines of action longer and more expressive.
The gestures are good but I think you should start looking at figures more in 3d than just 2d photographs For example in the 7th photo, Veronica's left leg is actually in front of her right leg, as in your drawing it seems behind, thus looking unnatural. I'm not saying that you draw the whole but just indicate it with a cylinder or a box whichever you may like (I personally use the cylinder as it is anatomically more correct) Other than that these look great Nice work!
I certainly need to work on the 3 dimensionality of the forms, i struggle a lot when there are torsions, specially with the chest/hip areas or when there are body parts in different planes. I'll keep an eye out for that, thanks!
These already show improvement from your old ones, nice work! You did a good job in 2,4,7 and 9 as well as 3,4 and 6 using long continuous lines going through the whole figure to show movement. Try to do that all the time! also nice work showing the tension in the calves in #6 (session 2) for #5 session 1 I don't think using an s curve works very well, it makes the arm look like it has 3 joints. You can use 2 opposing C-curves to show how the shoulder and ground are pushing inward on the arm and show how the arm is bending in response to that. If you want to learn more about that sort of stuff I highly recommend checking out @Mike Mattesi 's videos on FORCE. One more thing. You tend to make your legs a little bit short, which is fine for gesture drawing since we're not really worrying about proportion, but pay attention to it when you attempt longer drawings. Hope that helped!
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Hey tiozebra, I like what you have done here, you have really embraced the idea of gesture in your drawings. What I suggest is that you try to describe the pose from head to toe with as long of a gesture line as you can. Try to use "S" curves and "C" curves. Also, the limbs can be described with gesture lines as well. I did a couple of sketches to show you what I mean, hope it helps :)
Thanks a lot for the tip, Steve, it seems i've been focusing too much on specific blocks instead of looking at the figure as a whole. I'll post the last sketches i did, but i'll certainly keep an eye out to avoid this kind of mistake again. Thanks for taking the time for the help, it really is appreciated!