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    Are "stick figure" (A line for limbs) gestures?

    Btw first. I want to say am not whining, but I'm having a hard time doing gesture from imagination (to draw for fun, because I am just a hobbyist, not a pro) hence the reason I ask. I am practicing gestures.

    So I've seen that some authors like croquis cafe recommend doing stick figures before drawing the body



    And Drawing comics the marvel way literally mentions stick figures.

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    Draw with Jazza also has a great stick figure guide

    However I have seen that most people do gestures like proko that show a gesture of the two sides of the limb (if that makes sense), and the pinch and stretch, and they also use floating lines that never connect, unlike stick figures. I avoided this at first as my muscle knowledge is still super low and I thought this were the "pro gestures".

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    Like that one from proko you can see how the leg has the gesture on its two sides. I have a hard time doing those without reference.

    So my question is if I should be mastering the stick figures first before doing the complex gestures or if only the second ones are gestures and the sticks are something else (like drawing from imagination).

    Really confused here. Thanks!

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    P.D I notice the other thread I made like a year ago is still active somehow. I don't check it anymore. Already said everything I needed to say.
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    "stick figure" is most simplest way to get gesture, I think even Vilppu's method have inspired by it, remember gesture doesn't need to be perfect, good flow is important and good proportions reduces fixing of it later. When working on from imagination think what is he's/she's doing, feeling etc. Don't get stuck on thinking is this right or wrong way, try it if it works then use it if not then don't

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonec View Post
    "stick figure" is most simplest way to get gesture, I think even Vilppu's method have inspired by it, remember gesture doesn't need to be perfect, good flow is important and good proportions reduces fixing of it later. When working on from imagination think what is he's/she's doing, feeling etc. Don't get stuck on thinking is this right or wrong way, try it if it works then use it if not then don't
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    Stick figures are great to make up your mind: what is the direction of the various limbs?
    Next comes how things look like, add rhythm and flow...
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    I love doing gestures. They're not meant to be perfect, but when you come to make a dynamic pose, you can use them to infuse more life into it. I don't use the skelton method, but the dynamic curves of the body - exaggeration is your friend.
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    You don't have to make up poses every time if you are in life drawing situation, you can use those poses, maybe tweak those little bit if needed

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