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    Question Gesture study problem

    I have a bad habit of multi stroking and instead of having one nice line its almost always two three pieces of lines connecting each other. How do I achieve the least amount of lines but the most amount of information? Any tips for a beginner when doing gesture/pose studies?

    Edited: do you also need to know alot about anatomy before you do gesture studies? my anatomy sucks.

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    post an example of your figure drawing - it will help people see what the problem is.

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    Even if you don't know alot of anatomy, now's a good a time as any to start gestures. Gestures certainly can help. The point of gestures is to show a simplified form and movement. It's helpful to draw the curve of the spine as a general line of posture. And start simple to more complex. If you start out trying to draw fingers, you'll get wrapped up in details but if you start with spine, limbs, joints, you capture the pose without smaller things destracting you.

    As for the overly sketchy lines, you'll have to train yourself to work in a longer lines instead a few short ones.

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    If you've just started gestures, focus on responding to the model and don't worry so much about the actual response. It does not hurt to start your gestures completely blind. Don't expect your gestures to be beautiful.

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    I would also suggest drawing more from the elbow/shoulder and less from the wrist/fingers. Makes big nice lines much easier, and gives you better control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vink View Post
    I have a bad habit of multi stroking and instead of having one nice line its almost always two three pieces of lines connecting each other. How do I achieve the least amount of lines but the most amount of information? Any tips for a beginner when doing gesture/pose studies?

    Edited: do you also need to know alot about anatomy before you do gesture studies? my anatomy sucks.
    Post an example.

    And, no you don't need to know much anatomy. But, knowledge of "landmarks" like the T-shape made by the sternum and clavicles, the location of the 10th rib, and how to put a construction line through the "pelvic points" will help you sense the position of the figure in space and help you do a quicker, better initial sketch.

    Also, look at the model a bit before drawing and try to feel what he or she is doing in your own body.

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    Hi Vink,

    Here's a handout that might help. It lists things to take into consideration when approaching a gesture in order of importance. This has helped me organize my process a bit and tackle a more limited amount of information instead of just trying to draw the figure in a short amount of time.

    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks for all the replies people, I wish I can show you some of my work but my scanner does not work with windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vink View Post
    Thanks for all the replies people, I wish I can show you some of my work but my scanner does not work with windows 7.
    Can you take a photo and upload it? That would work equally well.

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    check out post #19 by Michael Mattesi here. should answer some of your gesture questions.

    also #25 has Mattesi's theory on force in a gesture. just read the whole thread. it's great info.

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