The Figure In Motion

I was doing some gesture drawings today with soft vine charcoal:

gesture sketch 3

According to Wikipedia, the primary purpose of gesture drawing is to study the human figure in motion.

I did my sketches in 30 seconds or less:

gesture sketch 2

And I used as my reference for my drawings.  This site is great because you can time the pose for 10 seconds or more!

Searching the internet I discovered an awesome YouTube video by Ryan Woodward – the gesture drawings are animated to music.  It is really fun to watch so I hope you google it!

gesture sketch 1

I really enjoyed this exercise!  Do you practice gesture drawing on a regular basis?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Drawing!  🙂

28 responses to “The Figure In Motion

  1. Not since life drawing class way back in the last century. I know a lot of people use posemaniacs and like it. Looks like you had fun! (K.)

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  2. will have to check this out some time Jill. Never tried this yet. 🙂

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  3. These are wonderful Jill!! Love them! I haven’t done gesture drawings in years, but should try them again! Love yours! ❤️😃

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  4. My fav is that dancing one! : ))) Great exercise and I must do it too one day to share with you, my friend.

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  5. What a good idea Jill. Good idea for a warm up before drawing.

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  6. Lovely gesture drawings! I enjoy doing them while we’re watching tv (where people are constantly moving)…it’s a lesson in frustration. 😉

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  7. I love the last one best! He seems like he’s flying and dancing all at once! I tried this at the library awhile back and I’ll do it again, but I’m a big chicken. I need to squirrel myself away in the back corner of the back room where I can sketch without anyone noticing but last time there were people there so I didn’t. I hope you report back when you do it, Jill!

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  8. I don´t, but probably should… Love your figures, especially the dancer. She´s flying! 😊💜

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