Gesture Drawing of Animals

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. Technique 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.

This video is also week 2 of our Drawing Basics Track.

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.

Video Walkthrough

  • Gesture Drawing
  • Anatomy of Animals
  • Showing movement in animals
  • Drawing texture on animals
  • Eadweard Muybridge’s animal photos
  • Using an anatomical chart of animals as a reference
  • Wacom Cintiq’s features
  • Cintiq vs. iPad
  • Cintiq’s surface
  • Size of Cintiq 22
  • Cintiq’s advantages