Gesture Drawing - Drawing the Human Figure Quickly
Gesture drawing is the process of drawing the human figure quickly and loosely. Gesture drawing is done to accurately capture the pose of a figure quickly. It is not about creating a finished drawing, but rather a drawing in which a finished painting or drawing can be developed. Gesture drawings can be accomplished by using a variety of lines, shapes, or entirely blocked-in figures.
It is important to be loose with your drawing when drawing the human figure in this fashion. You may try to draw your gesture drawing a little bit larger to help you accomplish this "looseness". In the beginning stages of your drawing, you may make several different sketchy lines to help you "find" the figure on your paper. You can then make more deliberate marks as the drawing progresses, making them darker or wider. When you gesture is complete, you may choose to finish the drawing by adding details.
It is important to understand human proportions when creating gesture drawings. For example, grown humans are about 7 "heads" tall. Watch the featured video art tutorial to see the process.
Steps in gesture drawing are outlined in the following images...
Step One- A line is drawn from the head to the feet.
Step Two- Two lines are drawn- One line indicates the shoulder position, the second line indicates the waist position.
Step Three- A stick figure is drawn- with shapes for the torso, head, hands, and
Step Four- "Thicken" the figure to complete the gesture drawing.
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