Gesture Drawing Explained – Download


This tutorial shows you a set of exercises designed to help you break through fears of drawing.
Drawing freely can enable you to capture the gesture or life of your subject.  The gestural sketches of Michelangelo, Leonardo and other greats are evidence of their total involvement in the life of the subject rather than attempts to meticulously copy the subject.  We can do this too when we make drawing a physical rather than mental activity.
In this tutorial, Dianne breaks down the gesture drawing process into practice exercises that can open up our abilities to drawing  rapidly and with confidence.

Gesture Drawing Explained


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Like musicians and athletes, visual artists can enhance their drawing skills with exercises.gesture drawing explained

Gesture drawing is drawing the movement within a subject rather than focusing solely on its shape.

When we are drawing, usually we are paying attention to the edges of a shape, but shape without movement is flat.  Adding the movement gives real life to our drawing and painting.  We can do that by focusing our attention on what the image is doing:  whether it is flowing, curving, reaching, pulling, stretching, etc.
In this tutorial, Dianne breaks down the gesture drawing process into practice exercises that show us how to focus on what the image is doing and how to draw that movement.


Typically, we have two misconceptions about drawing.  First, it is wrongly thought that drawing is done to be only to be shown whereas one of the most important uses of drawing is to work out ideas.  Second, it is wrongly thought that drawing should be precise whereas when searching out ideas, what becomes important is what the artist discovers rather than the drawing itself.

Drawing is indeed a powerful and delightful mode of expression and creativity.  Some of the most moving art works in existence and now being created are drawings.  But to limit drawing, or even painting, to production only is to limit potential for discovery.  After all, it is through discovery where  new ideas are born.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the most beloved artists of all ages used drawing to discover and plan all of his works.  Studies for the Last Judgement in  the Sistene Chapel in Rome are found HERE, and for the Medici Chapel in Florence, HERE.

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