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Gestural Drawing Examples

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How To Practice Gestural Drawing

Have your friend, partner, child or other unfortunate passer-by; strike a dynamic pose (with twist or stretch). Get your pencil or stick of graphite (pref. 3B-8B i.e. something slippery and dark) and your stack of A3 sized paper. Stand up and ensure your arm, elbow, wrist and hand can all move freely above the paper. Before you start, LOOK. Then FEEL the pose within yourself, as if you were also holding the same pose. Feel the stretch and the motion. Think of nothing to do with pretty drawing. Just sense the movement in the form. When you start to draw, using a continuous smooth line, draw the energy of the pose. Do not stop and start. Do not look at your drawing. Keep moving the pencil in the direction of the main lines of energy. Feel the motion and feel the energy in your body, arm, hand and pencil, laying down the mark in the same way. Do not draw the contours or edges. Do not try to make a detailed drawing. Within a few seconds, 15- 30 you should have done a scribble that looks like the motion of the pose. This is also known as a scribble drawing. The benefits of gestural drawing exercises are the freeing up of your mind and your body. This exercise helps to remove any performance anxiety. Without a glance, throw your drawing to one side and start another one of a different, dynamic pose. Once your family start to avoid you, look for the motion and energy in even inanimate things; A coat thrown over a chair; Sports newspaper photos or even images from popular magazines.