Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates 2 minute gesture drawings using stills from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action.
- Watch the 46 second version
- Watch the 92 min. version
Prof Lieu explains how to capture the most essential masses and forms of the human figure within 2 minutes.
- 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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