Friday, November 15, 2013

One Minute Gesture Sketching

When sketching on the spot with people all around and moving from one pose to another, nothing can be counted on to stay in one place for very long. For this reason, it is good to be in practice at capturing the essentials very rapidly so that if fortune allows us to work longer, we at least have a good foundation to sketch upon.

One minute sketches

Sometimes when sketching  people or animals, it is not the details that we are after but a quick sense of the changing motions that people make. Have you ever noticed that some of the most interesting poses that people take are not the ones that they set themselves into as models, but the in-between gestures that they take while doing very natural things. All these moments can be studied with quick skills at gesture drawing.

One minute sketches
If it can be remembered from the very start of a session of such drawing: we must not try to stay in one place too long with the drawing instrument, but instead to get very rapidly a sense of the placement of the whole figure in space. Probably in the first 10 seconds there should be a few strokes that lay out the basics and constrain the form in all its extremities.

The figure has five major limbs like a star. Think how long it takes to draw a star. Can you begin to draw the figure with such rapid and confident action?

Note on Materials: I chose this time to draw with a Staedler Lumocolor F pen because it flows rapidly and is relatively blunt with regard to conveying detail. It would be futile to try to capture any serious detail with it, so I am forced by the choice to instead focus on the gesture as I should do in one minute sketches

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