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    Please help with gestures!

    Hello, I'm an aspiring concept artist, and I'm really struggling with my gesture drawings. I feel like they're horribly bad, but I'm not sure how to improve. Should I just keep drawing? Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated! Tear them apart! (These drawings are from Croquis Cafe, and are from 30sek to 2min long)Name:  20180518_152958.jpg
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    For rough sketches they seem fine.

    What do you not like about them?
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    I feel like the look "dirty" in a way. With chicken scratches. In general I don't find them expressive and beautiful. I'll keep drawing like crazy trying to get better, but a few pointers would be really helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckyyy View Post
    I feel like the look "dirty" in a way. With chicken scratches. In general I don't find them expressive and beautiful. I'll keep drawing like crazy trying to get better, but a few pointers would be really helpful!
    Sharpen your pencil!
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    I actually use a mechanical pencil! Should I switch to a normal one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckyyy View Post
    I actually use a mechanical pencil! Should I switch to a normal one?
    Use whatever you like, as long as you can make a good variety of marks, from ultra fine to fat...
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    Heres video about line weight:

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    Learn the figure first before embarking on gesture. Gesture is the line of action and needs to be placed down quickly and not overworked or it loses action. You're not meant to draw a perfect figure with gesture, but their essence.

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    Thanks, Black Spot. I was under the impression that I was to practice gesture before figure. I'll go back to figure then =)

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    I don't think they're bad, just small. In drawing class we did figure/gesture drawings in charcoal on 2 by 3 foot pieces of newsprint (impractical in front of a computer, I know ). What size is the paper you're working on? I think you might get more movement and flow in your lines if you just gave the drawings more space, one or two figures per page at most. I find mechanical pencils lend themselves to tight, controlled drawings. Switching to a regular pencil, or even a Conte pencil, would work better to give you a variety of lines.
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    I should probably draw bigger yes. The paper I use is A4 size, or 8.3 x 11.7 inches. I also draw using the pen grip. I really try to use my shoulder when drawing, but find myself often going back to the wrist. Using the overhand grip makes me feel completely out of control of my movements. Do you think I should force myself to practice that more? Is the overhand grip that useful if I plan on going digital in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckyyy View Post
    Thanks, Black Spot. I was under the impression that I was to practice gesture before figure. I'll go back to figure then =)
    Gesture is basically a noob trap that lock the improvement of many self taughts. I hate when words like " expressive" , " dynamic" , get thrown around without knowing what they even mean for drawing the figure . You don't get to draw people with crazy pose all the time
    Please help with gestures!
    Like are you going to get in this painting and make everything twisting and turning in multiple direction ? The thing that make figure as well as pretty much everything else work is solid construction underneath with believable sense of perspective . Try to practice basic primitive 3D shapes like box and cylinders

    Try Ctl paint : https://www.ctrlpaint.com/library/ go through the traiditional drawing part in lesson 2
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    People keep telling me : " Why do you keep suggesting courses and books instead of just giving me the solution directly ? "

    Well if i could condense all the necessary informations that take hours of explanation and demonstration into a single post, i would gladly do it

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    Thank you. I'll do all I can to improve!

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