What is Gesture Drawing? A loose drawing that captures movement, basic shapes, and weight of an object or figure.
Why do Gesture Drawing? 1.Warm-up 2.Capture the essence 3.Active thinking and planning
Techniques and Tips 1.Loose scribbles, no details 2.Capture the whole object quickly 3.Feel the subject-Action Line 4.Start lightly and then build weight 5.Use you arms and shoulder 6.Look at the big pictures 7.Exaggerate the action Draw what you see, NOT what you think you see
Human Proportions: Male The body height = 8 heads Distance between nipples on chest = 1 head Width of calf muscles together at lower arc = 1 head Bottom of the knees = 2 heads from ground level
Warm-Up Exercise Step 1: Warm up your hands, arms and shoulders. Step 2: Scribble on your paper until you feel loose Step 3: Draw the object shown at the front
Gesture Sets: Instructions Work in pairs. Each person will be the drawer and poser. After a few poses, switch roles. Use various media in your work where appropriate. Complete the following gesture drawings in class following the lesson. 1.Pencil gesture (your choice of HB or 6B)-15 sec (X2) 2.Markers (any colour)—30 sec (X2) 3.Black or Brown conte (with tones and values)-1 min (X2) 4.Charcoal (with shading using your fingers)-1.5 min (X1) 5.Coloured pastels or crayons (expression and mood)-2 min (X1)
Practice, Practice, Practice Part I: Refine a Gesture Drawing Choose one gesture from class on a newsprint and refine drawing by applying human proportions and add some details. You can add anatomy using sources. Part II: Sketchbook Practice 3-5 more gesture drawings of objects of your interests or human actions. You may choose any media where appropriate. These sketches should fill up one page each.