Gesture drawing tips and technique. Here are some gesture drawings from life drawing and study session long time ago. This gesture drawings are pre-2006, but they are one of my better gesture drawings that I saved. Gesture drawing usually range from limited time of one minute to three minutes. A Gesture drawing is work of figure study but with rapid execution. On the typical fashion, it involves an artist drawing a series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time, often as little as 30 seconds, or as long as 2 minutes. Gesture drawing is often performed as a warm-up for a life drawing session. Gesture drawing is usually a primary study for 2D animator and the purpose of gesture drawing is to facilitate the study of the human figure in motion. Below are my gesture drawing collection from pre 2006.
Here are five tips that will help you with your gesture study.
1) Observe the core first and get the big shape right away. I usually look at the spine position and movement and pelvis then head and legs for the gesture drawing. Once I have that nailed, I will continue with arms and hands.
2) You have to draw without minimum preliminary lines of sketch and possibly without because there is no time. Just draw with confident and with most accuracy as you can, it won’t be perfect. As long as it has your conviction, good proportion and spontaneous then it is good. **Practice with ballpoint pen will help**
3) No erasing, just draw and draw over.
4) Don’t be discourage if you have many bad drawing, every one of us even the best drawers have bad gesture drawing. You just never seen them. 😉
5) Intense focus and be in the moment. This is between you and your subject.
Hope these tips will help.