Tag Archives: human figure

The Ballet Dancer

I’ve always admired the beauty and grace of ballet dancers.

When I saw that Ivy Newport was going to be teaching an online study of Degas called, The Lovely Dancer, I jumped at the chance!

I tried to capture some of the ballet dancer’s style in quick gesture drawings with charcoal:



It makes me want to get up and twirl!


How about you?  Do you like ballet?

Happy Friday!  Cheers!  🙂

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 PoseManiacs.com 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!  🙂