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    Spartan Camp #223 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Blocks Study"

    Spartan Camp #223 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Blocks Study"

    The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 13th of May.

    - The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!

    - In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Figure Blocks Study", in any medium.
    Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:

    The background:
    When drawing a figure, you are translating a 3d form onto a 2d surface. This can be tough especially in foreshortened poses. A popular exercise is identifying the shapes in the body as building blocks. This allows you to deduct how a form should look under any angle and can help you tackle tough poses.

    The exercise:
    You can either use a referenced image or construct one on your own. Use large shapes such as cubes and rectangles to define the large forms and "build" the figure. A single study is fine. Try to find shapes that make sense proportionally and functionally. I have added some examples below!

    Exemplary references:
    Example 1, by Burne Hogarth
    Example 2, by H Edward Brooks.
    Example 3, Somewhat more elaborate, by Michael Hampton.
    Example 4, by Luca Cambiaso
    Example 5, by Albrecht Durer

    Next weeks optional:
    Long Foreshortened Figure Study. This can be seen as a follow-up from this weeks optional study, as successful foreshortening requires you to envision the figure's form in 3d.

    As always- reference advised, not obligatory. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Good luck and have fun! And feel free to ask questions!


    50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.

    Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!

    Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!

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    Gestures Gestures Gestures. Can these be called that? They range from 3-5 mins to 10 mins. I guess its based on perspective. I've read a few books that consider 1 hour poses to be gestures.

    Nonetheless I feel i'm getting better at doing clothing gestures. Faster at the very least. No word on the quality though. Most of the errors i notice are leanings, or feet placements.

    As usual marked = imagined.
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    missed out on last weeks balance study so sort of tried to incorporate it in this
    session.

    LM: your imaginary ones are very good. liking the shading
    noticed some of the fore arms seem squashed?
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    aight, finally got did some digital kids again. and as thats a lot easier to post then scan pages: here they are :p
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    little maiden- imaginary are a LOt less stiff this time around. well done. I do notice some have slightly short arms/small hands.
    also, even when standing straight you can use a little change of direction. I love the shading on these btw.

    @adrian- sometimes I cannot get over how much your drawings are improving! I guess that's what sticking to it get you.
    I think the block studies could help you even more, by doing what you do, an original, then a block study.
    but then at the end, draw the finished piece again from the start, using the block study as an underlay.
    then try and use some of the those straight perspective lines; that way lines will be straight in the right perspective which should help a lot with reading the drawing.

    well, lets hope it doesnt rain tonight. then I can finally go to the model drawing class again!
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    ashess: thank you for the kind words, still got hundreds of miles still to go. i see you started to do them community activities, they are really time consuming, best of luck to you, notice how much you learn when you do them its like each
    subject requires some sort of research?!?!

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    ashess your last post is looking good, the construction is helping


    More boring 30 sec gestures should change it up a little bit
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    Just stumbled across website as a result of stumbling across Sinix on youtube

    I've been looking for a website to really motivate me to get better with my drawing and start to surround my self with people with similar thinking and I think I've found it!

    Anyways I saw this thread and though I might as well jump right in and get involved.

    These are my first gesture drawings in about three-ish years, so constructive criticism is very much appreciated!

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    7oz: welcome, the more the merrier, very nice gestures, i would however try to use
    less jitter lines, try using large forms like circles and blocks and then drawing in curves???
    thats what i do any ways. . . . . .
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    you know what, it kind of embarrasses me to admit this, but I never knew those things are called figure blocks!
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    Pretty aimless gestures but i did branch out a little had a little more fun.
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    you know what, it kind of embarrasses me to admit this, but I never knew those things are called figure blocks!
    To be honest, I just wrote down what I believed to be most descriptive. The method is often used but I don't know if it has a name.

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    hmmmmmm
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    Sorry for missing out on posting last week! Been doing some 60-90 seconds drawings, and some 8-10 min color studies. Posting some from last week and this.
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