Day: March 12, 2012

Week 5 -Beginning Drawing Class


The  drawing class focused on gesture drawing.

A Gesture drawing is work of art defined by rapid execution. Typical situations involve an artist drawing a series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time, often as little as 30 seconds, or as long as 2 minutes. Gesture drawing is often performed as a warm-up for a life drawing session.  In less typical cases the artist may be observing people or animals going about normal activities with no special effort to pause for the artist. For example, drawing from people on the street, performers, athletes, or drawing animals at the zoo.

For this class the students drew my little dog Boris in many poses and in a very quick style using gesture because he did not want to stay still for very long.

Learning to capture a figure quickly and to show movement is a very difficult task.

Sometimes the key is allowing your pencil to follow what your eyes see and then to record it quickly.

The students did a great job as you can see by the examples of their quick gesture drawings of Boris.

A gesture drawing may be any drawing which attempts to capture action or movement.  I think you can tell the students had a wonderful time with gesture drawing.