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Do you guys do gesture drawing? Did it help your art? I am trying this but can only get squiggly lines or stick figures on paper, especially if the subjects move fast (such as in a basketball game). How does one improve on this?
Yes, and yes.
You could try practicing by doing gesture drawings of non-moving subjects.
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Thanks for the input, guys.
I was thinking, look up sports videos on YouTube, pause them, and draw. But I wasn't sure if that's too much of a crutch - if I don't draw things "real time," I might never train my eye to capture that good first impression.
I will look into Posemaniacs.com.
Most gesture drawings are not done from moving figures, this is a very advanced dicipline. I would recommend getting into life drawing classes where the model takes poses anywhere from 30 sec to 5 min. And yes it is very helpful and improved my artwork greatly
Yeah, I've been drawing from static pictures (pause the YouTube videos), and it's helpful.
I'm gonna sign up for life drawing class after I finish my PhD, hopefully this fall. (Studying electrical engineering right now, but I really want to be an animator).