A Gesture Drawing Tutorial

Beginner, Drawing, Intermediate, Pencil | 20 Aug, 2012

I absolutely love this video. This is exactly the kind of clear concise tutorial which the internet and art communities need. Using a Derwent pencil artist Paul takes on a couple of gestural drawings as requested by viewers. Both drawings are of the same pose but both share the same common factors, minimal lines to portray maxim suggestion. It is so important to get the movement in figurative drawing and even in one minute these can be gained. A must watch I would say, and the best thing is at only a minute each you could get a bundle done in no time. Cracking stuff.

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    1. @Bcitality It’s misleading to say “do not copy” because with the term “master study,” the academics encourage the lifelong pursuit of copying. There’s a salient futility involved in the replication of an image for the sole purpose of arriving at a resemblance to the original (excluding the meritless and fraudulent purposes). The practice is about broadening ones technical and aesthetic language through the mimicry of master strokes/marks/application so as not to paint a certain painting to achi

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    2. @Bcitality …achieve a resemblance, but to nourish the ability to paint anything in the style of the master which one is copying. Art schools have their students devoting much time and energy to this sort of copying; it’s indispensible.

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    3. @AliceSacco That being said, you do a bit of both. You extract from life, and when you aren’t doing that, you copy other artists whose styles speak to you. Good “original” works come from a balance of the two; and most, if not all masters, incorporate a third element. Theft. “Mediocre artists borrow,great artists steal!” -Picasso

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    4. @rarulis I paid for a month of drawingforce . com too.. and it was something I didn’t regret. You can see a bunch of previews on his youtube channel ‘drawingforce’.It helped me so much that now I have to find something as equally as amazing to bring my environment sketches up to par. lol

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    5. I paid for a month of drawingforce . com too.. and it was something I didn’t regret. You can see a bunch of previews on his youtube channel ‘drawingforce’.It helped me so much that now I have to find something as equally as amazing to bring my environment sketches up to par. lol

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    6. @ANIMEMIND The height of the sketch versus the height of the model in the picture isn’t the same for starters, but more importantly gesture drawings aren’t supposed to have perfect proportions. All you want to do is capture the movement of the pose, from life or photo doesn’t matter. It can be all out of whack and disproportionate but if you get that energy on the paper, you did it right.

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    7. The height of the sketch versus the height of the model in the picture isn’t the same for starters, but more importantly gesture drawings aren’t supposed to have perfect proportions. All you want to do is capture the movement of the pose, from life or photo doesn’t matter. It can be all out of whack and disproportionate but if you get that energy on the paper, you did it right.

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    8. @potatopandaYes i completely agree. But sometimes you want to capture the qualities of the person in your gesture. Its not like your going to make a tall gesture if you saw a dwarf like person. You would try to make the gesture similar to the subject. I guess what i was really trying to say is, its a lot easer to draw a gesture when the subject is exactly next to your hand rather than observing a subject in real life. In real, you look away from your page, but in this, you simply tilt the eye.

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    9. @ANIMEMIND Eh, I dunno it might be a personal preference, I have a much harder time drawing from a photo than I do from life. But even so, if you set up properly for life drawing you shouldn’t have to look too far away; it’s always best to keep both the model and your paper in sight, in peripherals if nothing else.

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    10. Eh, I dunno it might be a personal preference, I have a much harder time drawing from a photo than I do from life. But even so, if you set up properly for life drawing you shouldn’t have to look too far away; it’s always best to keep both the model and your paper in sight, in peripherals if nothing else.

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    11. @tyson1162Go take a look at his work. He can draw. This is called one-minute figure drawing. Your aim is to capture movement, posing and other important info. It’s a must for anyone hoping to animate or storyboard, among other things.

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    12. hey, love this. I’ve been doing gesture drawings to help improve my drawing. Thanks for the demonstration. Just one thing, what is the pencil that you used? I know you mentioned it in the video but I couldn’t quite catch it. Thanks.W.

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    13. This video has helped me out a ton, however im still wet behind the ears, especially when it comes to the face, I can do everything else right in terms of body posing and position, but everytime it comes to the face I end up portraying something humanoid like or just plain loony. and in my opinion it really messes up the rest of the drawing, especially if there’s a certain expression that im trying to capture, but end up capturing something kooky instead.

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    14. I believe the comment was pointed at those who have this obsession with “realism” where -everything- must have perfect this and that. It gets to a point where it’s to the detriment of every other possible form of art, style or expression. I personally like my art to look dreamy, with things such as anatomy left slightly vague; suggested but never perfect. In their world, that would be “bad” art.

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    15. I recently acquired the Vilppu Drawing Manual and the first lesson, being Gesture Drawing, really discouraged me. Even more so when it was pretty much just “advanced stickfigures”, and I thought it was just complicated. I finally found this video, however, and I realized that I just made it seem more complicated that it actually was and now I can start doing these gesture drawings anywhere, anytime, and have fun doing it. Thank you!

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    16. i like to draw with a regular old number 2 pencil. nothing fancy just a pack of cheapo-s from any supply store. if i want something more permanent i love black prismacolor pencils. but honestly, you can use any pencil at all. each pencil has pros and cons or might be better suited for certain goals, but you can draw with anything. i even had a teacher once who had us go pick up twigs from outside then dip them in ink. the lesson was anything can be a tool when your skills are well practiced.

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    17. i used to draw ppl in class all the time in highschool.. i try 2 avoid it in college tho lol.. starring at ppl and drawing comes off as a lil wierd i’d think lol.. and than if u don’t draw a good picture than that’s even worst lol

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    18. Guess what. This comment was totally unnessecary, because anybody knows what my comment wants to say: The pencil doesnt make the artist. Matthew here can draw fucking awesome with a normal pencil. A bad artist cannot draw good with both.

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    19. So this gesture drawing. I’ve been practicing it, but there’s one thing I don’t knowWhen you want to add more details, do you draw a completely new drawing, or draw OVER your gesture drawing? I’m very specific when it comes to drawing, so it leaves me blank, like now…

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    20. So this gesture drawing. I’ve been practicing it, but there’s one thing I don’t know

      When you want to add more details, do you draw a completely new drawing, or draw OVER your gesture drawing? I’m very specific when it comes to drawing, so it leaves me blank, like now…

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    22. Hi I was wondering if there are more of these gesture drawing videos online from one author. I KNOW there are alot of gesture drawing online but the styles differ between different artists. I want one artists that shows a bunch of different gesture drawing.. thanks

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