Trying to really, really learn quick gesture drawing – help needed, please
Hi, I'm approaching the figure drawing fundamentals course a veeery slow way. I'm intending to really really learn each step before progressing to the next. So I've now spent about two weeks doing 30 second gesture drawings, only. If anyone could be so kind as to help with a bit of feedback I would be very grateful. My own feeling is that I'm a bit afraid of connecting the lines, there's quite a lot of open ends. Also I think that I should make a point of always add the hands and feet, cause now I shy away from them. Thank you for looking! :) /Simon
Hey, @Simon L! I agree with our fellows’ comments below, you’ve been doing great so far! But one feeling I get (not from your drawings, but from your comments and what seems to be your approach to practice) is that maybe you might be overthinking your learning process a little bit? I mean, it’s good that you’re taking your time to study carefully, and if you feel that moving on slower and repeating the same exercises various times at each lesson is helping you learn better, that’s great - but I’d just keep an eye out to not turn it into overkill. For most of us, usually, there's only so much we can understand at a certain learning stage, so I wouldn’t expect to be able to “fully master” gesture before considering moving on to the further lessons of the course. Of course, you, better than me, should be able to tell when you’ve had enough of each exercise, as each person learns at their own pace, but just keep in mind that building up knowledge and developing new skills is hardly ever like an orderly piled up tower of layers, but more like a patchwork of overlapping bits that often benefit from crossed interconnections to slowly blend and smoothen over time. Keep practicing each concept and technique regularly, sure, but also know that learning other topics will likely feedback and somehow benefit whatever you’ve already studied before as well, either directly or indirectly. In other words, @Franklin Elliott summed it up neatly. :) Hope this helps!
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I took Demetrio Cran's advice and added "rubber bands" to the process of 2 minute poses. Wow, so much harder! Struggling a bit with the perspective of the ellipses. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks!
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I've moved on to two minutes, which I find a looot harder than 30 seconds. I can't seem to decide what to focus on – if I focus on getting more detailed I feel that I lose spontaneity and get stiff quickly. If I focus on looser "motion" I end up with a lot of time left and something that looks a bit worse than the 30 sec ones. Anyone got any tips? If any of you see any bad habits going on, please point it out so I can correct it moving on :) Thanks!
These are really nice. The idea is to show the flow and rhythm of the body in the pose. The most important thing is to try to find an "s" or "c" shaped line that describes the pose from top to bottom. When you start to build structure on top of these gesture studies, you'll see why they are so important: they stop stiff drawings! Keep up the good work :)