Spartan Camp #233 - 50 gestures + Optional "Scribbly Gestures" Study
The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 5th of August.
- 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 "Scribbly Gestures" Study, in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
A gesture is a quick representation of the body, its form, motion and its shape. How does one draw gestures? One possibility is using quick scribbles. Some of you may recognize this as the method advocated by Kimon Nicolaides ( "The natural way to draw", 1941).
While we're at it, let's quote the man himself:
The gesture drawing method he advocated is still practised and used by many artists. In short, it is focused on using loose scribbly lines to grasp the essence of the gesture. You capture life, not details or meticulously pretty lines. As you may see in the references, gestures can look somewhat impressionistic but they will always have the gesture in there. Some advice using a single line without lifting your pencil or use the method without looking at the paper- this is not necessary for now. Take a look at the reference for some visual examples."You should draw not what the thing looks like, not even what it is, but what it is doing... Gesture has no precise edges, no forms. The forms are in the act of changing. Gesture is movement in space"
Include one or several gestures using the "scribbling" method as described above or in the references.
I will focus on references with examples and explanations rather than poses (you can use gesture drawing tools or imagination!)
Link 1 - Examples, explanation, walktrough.
Link 2 - Explanation, examples from Nicolaides + masters
Link 3- Explanation on gestures overall + scans from various books including Nicolaides'. Also has a download link for the book which I have not tested.
Link 4, Link 5 - Good examples by other artists on a different forum.
Next weeks optional
Quick portraits study. Quick gesture drawings of portraits as opposed to full figures. Reference will be provided.
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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