Complete six hours in total of gesture drawings of animals. We recommend that each drawing session is a minimum of one hour so you have time to warm up and sharpen your skills.
Using a timer make two, five, and ten minute drawings. Start with the two minute ones and progressively increase to ten minute drawings.
Timed Drawing videos
Use our timed drawing exercises videos, which play 2 min. poses of animals for 1 hour. Draw along as each 2 min. pose plays with a timer you can see throughout the video.
- 2 min. poses, dogs
- 2 min. poses, squirrels
- 5 min. poses, deer
- 10 min. poses, horses
- 2-10 min. poses, birds
Artists for inspiration
Animal Gesture Drawings
This video shows how to do quick gesture drawings of animals, using Eadweard Muybridge’s book, Animals in Motion, as a reference to show believable action and movement.
Techniques explored in this video are how to capture the most important essentials of the animal as quickly as possible, while creating a compelling sense of structure and movement at the same time. Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster lead the demo.
Cat Gesture Drawings
This video demonstrates how to do gesture drawings from life of Lauryn’s cats, Tor and Spicy. Topics covered include how to capture the essential personality of a subject in a fast, efficient manner.
Using Faber-Castell colored pencils and Pitt pens, Prof Lieu and Lauryn show their individual drawing techniques for doing gesture drawings from cats that simply won’t sit still! Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch
Share Your Progress
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