Gesture Drawing is an illustration training technique that seeks to force the illustrator to break down the shape of a figure and place it on the page, with as little thought as possible. The practice forces the illustrator to SEE WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT as apposed to what they think they are looking at since they don’t have time to think.
To benefit for this practice, you must give it your full attention. Music should be your only distraction, but avoid phones, text, and/or talking like the plague. Please take a few mins to view the video below for an excellent example of the Gesture Drawing. PLEASE NOTICE THAT THE DRAWING IS NOT SUPER DETAILED OR REFINED. It’s meant to capture a gesture, a moment, a pose. The details can come later if you so choose.
A wonderful site to practice Gesture Drawings is PoseManiacs.com. Asides from having thousands of poses and angles, they even have a Gesture Drawing app on their site. You can find it here: http://www.posemaniacs.com/thirtysecond
While they call it 30sec Drawing we’re going to start of a little easier. Switch from the 30sec option to 90sec, turn COUNTDOWN on, and you can turn on FullScreen if you want.
PLEASE WAIT FOR MR COLE TO TELL YOU WHEN TO START DRAWING. WE’LL DO THIS PRACTICE AS A CLASS.