As I mentioned in one of my firstarticles on drawing for
(January 2000), I feel that the “line of action” is the most important aspect of a figure drawing and certainly at thecore of a well-observed gesture.
First,you want to establish the general actionof the figure with a sweeping line—or line of action—that runs through the bigshape of the figure, capturing the overalltilt of the pose.
Then, you add further lines, looking for the individual slantsof each limb.
You can imagine theseaction lines in your head, or you canlightly draw them on the page. Whendrawn, the initial sketch can often looklike a loose stick figure. It sounds simpleenough—but it can get needlessly com-plicated if you don’t develop strategies tosystematically observe, record, and retainthe subtleties of gesture as you delvefurther into the detail of form and value.Below, I suggest some methods forachieving a successful gesture drawing.
pencil sketchdrawing lessons
Process Drawing,Gestures (detail)
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