2 minute Figure Gesture Drawings in Pencil

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates 2 minute gesture drawings using stills from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action.

1 hour., 32 min. video

Prof Lieu explains how to capture the most essential masses and forms of the human figure within 2 minutes. 

Video Walkthrough

  • People think they need extremely detailed, high resolution photos to do gesture drawings.
  • Muybridge’s photos provide just enough visual information to do 2-5 min. gesture drawings.
  • Muybridge’s photos capture natural, dynamic motions, many reference photos online look too posed.
  • Gesture drawing isn’t about creating a great drawing, it’s about training and sharpening your eye to draw.
  • An effective gesture drawing is about capturing the personality of the pose, accuracy isn’t the goal.
  • Draw the entire figure in a gesture drawing, don’t crop body parts!
  • Don’t expect you will draw everything “right” the first time.
  • Instead, approximate your drawing and then make tons of changes.
  • It’s easier to fix your drawing, rather than try to make it “perfect” the first time through. (no one can!)
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