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07 July 2005, 09:35 PM

This thread is dedicated to the study of GESTURE DRAWINGS in TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA.

Please post your best GESTURE DRAWINGS here!


Please post:

1. Your BEST WORK!
2. Medium used
3. Time spent to complete
4. A bit about your process

Thanks in advance for your posts! :)


07 July 2005, 03:24 AM
Do they have to be of people..? Anatomy applies to any living thing, so I hope these are okay... Mine are dachshunds...I have two of them follow me around all day, so I draw them often. They're easy targets, lol.
As far as gesture drawings go, I think that less is more. I prefer simple lines that capture the figure in an efficient and accurate manner. These two were made in about a minute in Painter, with quick strokes.
I like to do gesture drawings at a fast pace, with a constantly moving subject (however, my dog was being sleepy and lazy in these drawings :P ). Being able to see a figure in motion helps you better understand anatomy than working with a still subject does, I think. I think it's very important to know how a body moves and operates, and this understanding helps give your art more of a natural feeling to it, and avoid odd and unnatural poses.
Anyway, there we go. :)

07 July 2005, 03:50 AM

Hey there, we have a special place for the little guys! :)


You are actually one of the first to post drawings of animals, and I hope not the last! I would love to see more animal drawings / paintings in this forum, so thank you for posting these :).

Have you ever tried brush and ink to do gestures? Or, if you prefer to use Photoshop, have you ever tried a Calligraphic brush? I think that you would really like experimenting with different media (either traditional or digital) to create your sensitive linework.

Thank you for posting these :) ~ I hope you continue to post more of your work!


07 July 2005, 02:10 PM
Yes, I've used india ink before. That's really fun, but has the potential to get really messy! But I haven't used much in Photoshop or Painter yet, I'm really new to this cg art stuff!

07 July 2005, 02:21 PM
Hi Nebbiestar,

No worries about being new :) ~ we all have something to learn here. Hope you post more work! :)


07 July 2005, 02:53 PM
Hi, here is a link ( to recent sketches i did, trying to apply what i saw in Rebecca "Opposing curves" thread (thanks again)....

Nice dog Nebbiestar, clear and simple :) Here is my little dog, "Oceanne" :) :

Comments are welcome :)

07 July 2005, 03:07 PM

Wow, I am really impressed with these! I really love that first one especially. I think that you would really like the drawings of one of the teachers I had, Harry Carmean. Wait a moment, I'll try to find a link to some of his work ~ :)


Here are some Harry Carmean links: His Drawings are better than is Paintings:
He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes in Paris: (Drawing) (Drawing)
(Drawing) (home page) (lots of Carmean info)

Here is a book about him listed on my Anatomy Resources : BOOKS ( thread:
"Carmean", by June Harwood - Harwood / Carmean, publisher

Definitely check him out, he is a great artist who taught generations of students in California. He was also a classical singer at one point in his career (I think before studying art in Paris).

Hope these are useful :)


07 July 2005, 03:20 PM
whaooo !! Beautiful.... I love the shading of the back (first picture).... Perfect use of opposing curves.... Arf...

Thank you Rebecca for these (and for your comments ;))

07 July 2005, 03:30 PM
hey everyone!
this is a sketch i've done for like 40 mins..

first i was took a piece of paper and drew some rough sketches in front of the mirror, then i scenned it and did some corrections in photoshop.

07 July 2005, 03:32 PM

Yep, Carmean is Amazing!! I hugely admire his work, and am happy to share it :). I was lucky enough to have his last class before he retired!


Thank you for posting these! I hope you will participate in the Anatomy Review 003: SHADING TUTORIAL AND HUMAN SKULL EXERCISE ( :)

Thanks guys for your posts! :)


07 July 2005, 06:18 PM
I'm focusing on the gesture, here are a few attempts based on Vilppu's and rebeccak's teachings.
(trying to capture the flow and going around the forms)
A sidenote: I really am not sure if these are good, but it seems to me that there is some improvement since lesson 001... At least in my undersanding of the 'problem' we are trying to solve here (the thing we are trying to analyze).
I think it's important to say remember that gesture is not a synonim for contour. It's more a way of depicting the action and guiding the eye throug a movement. Correct me if I'm wrong!

As for points 1-4:
medium used: photoshop
time taken: around 4 minutes each
the process: i try to follow the flow of the figure and feel the movement starting from head, moving on torso (lots of attention if it's twisting) and then linking the flow on limbs
(usually legs before arms)
this is not the best, just studies, but rebeccak told me to post here so.... we go:
references from (
The first one is taken from a statue of "Neptune" by Adam Lambert. (

The second one is Detail from "Baptism" by Andrea del Sarto (

The third attempt just follows the same principles
and is based on Baciccio's 'baptist' (

#4: Gesture of S.Sebastian by Alonso Berrugue (I think this one is good) (

#5: this one is from François-Joseph Bosio a French Sculptor.
In this one I tried to be more free in my lines. I exagerated some of the curves on purpose (torso head and shoulders). I also tried to find the matching rythm betweeb the figure and the background (I usually leave this out, but I think sometimes is necessary to balance the figure) I think it's quite noticeable how the eye is driven in and out the figure through the tree trunk. (

update 20-jul-2005
While doing these I felt a bit lost... so I have a few questions:
1) What is the relation between gesture lines and direction of movement / strength of figure?
2) In some gesture drawings we can see arrows. what's their purpose and how do we read/use them (this is maybe obvious but I'm feeling confused right now...)

these are the new attempts. I feel the movement is more fluid but sometimes less readable. these are all copies taken from famous sculpures or paintings (click on the image for a bigger version) (

07 July 2005, 04:38 PM
here's some drawings from when i was enrolled over at the Art Institute of LA. I haven't been to a life drawing session in so long. i miss it so much =( hopefully i can start going to this Atelier school near my house where Rey Bustos teaches. these images are all taken from my website. i can scan in more if you guys want. i have tons of these in my sketchbooks

those are some great gestures btw xillion =)

001. i don't remember how long this one took. maybe a 5 minute pose. done with pilot hi-tech c .5mm and regular printer paper:
002. i think these were 1 min poses. same medium
003. this one is either a 2 or 5 minute pose. not sure.



07 July 2005, 04:44 PM

Awesome! Thank you for posting these! I took a figure drawing class at the same place, back in the day with Steve Huston. He was a great teacher ~ it's too bad he no longer teaches there.

DEFINITELY post more of your work in the appropriate threads ~ I was hoping to attract some of you LA figure drawing guys! Indeed, I miss that environment too ~ not a specific place or school, but the intense environment of hard-core learning that has developed over the years in LA.

Great stuff! I look forward to seeing more of your work! :)


07 July 2005, 04:57 PM
glad you like 'em =) i'll try and post more when i get a chance. i've got some zoo drawings too, tho they're not that great. is there a place where those should go? or is there even a "life drawing animals" thread? hehe

07 July 2005, 05:03 PM
Ha Ha Ha! Funny you should ask... :)




Check these threads! :)


07 July 2005, 08:25 AM
Here's some of my quick model sketches, This are all from my art class yesterday, The class im taking is held once a week, 3 and a half hours, and I have to say that the class is almost the only thing that makes sure I keep drawing, I find it very hard to sit down and draw at home.

07 July 2005, 09:56 PM
Here are some of mine, the longest of which ran for 25 minutes. How short must a 'gesture' be in this forum?

07 July 2005, 12:33 AM

Really, there's no time limit for Gesture drawings here ~ usually a 25 minute isn't really a gesture, but, meh? It doesn't really concern me so long as you don't have a fully rendered drawing.

I really like the lower right corner piece ~ that to me is a very gestural drawing.

Thanks for posting these! I look forward to seeing more of your work! :)


07 July 2005, 08:23 AM
Hi there,
I don't think that I belong here, but as it is the third time I try to get some feedback on my gesture experiments I'll post them here now. I have no earlier experience in drawing humans so I hope you are giving me feedback what I need to pay atention to.

Thanks, eXi

PS: All these are done by imagination

07 July 2005, 03:52 PM

I apologize, I've been really busy and had kind of forgotten to review your work, so you'll have to excuse me! I've had your work in the back of my mind, and then just go distracted. Here, finally, is your review. :)

And you DO belong here, the thread is for any and all Gesture drawings. :)


07 July 2005, 04:30 PM

Here are my review comments: I think that you are doing a very decent job, particularly since you are just beginning. I am happy to see you posting your work! One thing I think you need to focus on is LENGTHENING forms. Unless you are drawing children, torsos and limbs will be much more elongated.

The key to all of this is Practice. Draw from life, books, or from Web References as much as you can, and continue to post your work for peer, not just my, review. Other peoples' eyes can see more than we can sometimes, so having others look at our work definitely helps.

I think you should also participate in Lesson 003, too, if you have time. It is as important to learn the fine details of anatomy and skeletal / muscle features as it is to learn Gesture Drawing.

Good luck, and I hope you participate in the Lesson and post more of your work! :)

You have through August 5th to post a drawing of a skull. :)


07 July 2005, 04:46 PM
here goes my sketch ^^ of a friend sitting at his PC doin some stuff. he's supporting his right leg on the table's shelves. i guess its kinda noobish...

08 August 2005, 06:30 PM
I'm trying to do more gesture drawings to improve my wacom motorical skills thesedays. Here are one of these, the one i just did:

edit: another one here:

08 August 2005, 10:11 AM
Been reading all these threads for a while now and its got me intrested in drawing again. Don't really get much chance on my 3d course anymore. Anyway here is a drawing i did yesterday took me about 15mins I think. Speed hasn't ever been my strongest point, it always takes me a long time even to do a sketch. Hope its ok, its done with a black pen and a white pencil. Drawing was never my strongest subject so hopefully by practicing I'll get a better :). Doesn't feel very gestural to the others posted, I guess i need to do what my teachers were always telling me and loosen up, I've always found it hard though.

08 August 2005, 04:15 PM
Drake_Stormrage and vikkie,

Cool work!! Glad to see you guys posting here! :) Keep up the good work! :)


Great work, thanks for posting here! Indeed, the fight to keep work both loose and gestural, and tight and detailed simultaneously is the figurative artist's eternal struggle! I think that you are doing a great job and should continue to post your work!

I am happy to announce that my good friend Hong Ly will be providing us with excellent photographs of models for a new drawing thread called "Open Figure Drawing Workshop", in which photos will be posted from which we can all draw. This thread will be opening soon, so stay tuned!!!


08 August 2005, 07:01 PM
Here's my try:

Done with Alias SketchBook Pro 2.
I'm getting better results with pen and paper, unfortunately I don't have a scanner to show.

08 August 2005, 01:56 AM

These are really nice gestures! I would just say to really emphasize those Opposing Curves to really get the rhythm of the figures going. Thanks for posting these! :)


08 August 2005, 04:34 PM
Thanks Rebecca! I'm struggling with the opposing curves, but I'll do my best ;).
Here's today's line-up:

08 August 2005, 05:17 PM
Alias SketchBook, 2-3 mins each pose. all based on photos from web. Trying to use Paul Sheldon´s technique on gestures. I´m slowly getting closer and understand it more and more (I guess:D )

08 August 2005, 05:29 PM

These are coming along nicely! There are a few problems to address, but I think that you as well as others on this forum will be interested to know that soon a new thread devoted to Figurative Drawing (be it Gestural or otherwise) called "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" will be posted, so definitely stay tuned!!

My good friend Hong Ly has graciously agreed to allow us to use his excellent photographs of models to be used as reference. Hong and I will be posting different photographs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Hopefully, there will be many interested in coming to the thread to draw in their chosen style and medium! :)


These are really cool sketches as well, thanks for posting them! I hope that you will join us for the "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" when it opens soon. :) I like the look nad feel of Alias Sketchbook Pro, but be careful about getting carried away with the slickness of the surface. Part of what I miss in tablets is the feeling of paper whose texture tends to slow artists down and forces them to consider in a tactile way what stroke they will be placing next. I test drove some of the new Wacom tablets at SIGGRAPH and they were awesome! They get better and better, but I wonder if they can somehow implement a textured feel to the drawing surface. Anyhoo, thank you for posting these, and I hope to see more of your work! :)


08 August 2005, 05:34 PM
When? when? when? :buttrock:

08 August 2005, 05:37 PM

Hopefully tomorrow. :) Sorry, I haven't forgotten about you, I've just been a bit busy digging out of my home after I diluged it with SIGGRAPH memorabilia. :)

I would post it now if I weren't at work and in danger of being caught with nude photographs and having to explain to my boss that they are for "artistic purposes". :scream:

Looking forward to your participation! :)


08 August 2005, 05:51 PM
this one took 30 Sec to a minute i really doubt it took a minute tho :), cant remeber exactly.
compressed charcoal on A1 newsprint
like the weight and balance in this piece myself

08 August 2005, 05:58 PM
Here's a quickie to participate:D

08 August 2005, 06:13 PM
here's what happens in the next 24 frames briefly. (feel free to delete this

08 August 2005, 06:18 PM

These are really cool, are you doing an animation? :) And no, I'm certainly not going to delete anything that you post! ;)


Really nice feeling of movement in this! Thank you for posting! :)


08 August 2005, 06:26 PM
nope, i wish i had time for an animation. or to draw something decent for that matter. I'm still working my bottomly body parts to prepare my portfolio to get in to a university here. damn these people are picky;)

08 August 2005, 06:39 PM

What are the college entrance requirements like? Maybe we can help you out here. When would you begin school? And how stiff is your competition? :)


08 August 2005, 06:57 PM
well for the competition, i have no idea. every university makes you pass a series of exams. from visual perception to figure drawing to character design. I had the characther design exam today and a storyboard exam. There's only 2 cartoon and animation degree programs in turkey btw and one of them is like toooo far from me. well i think i have a chance here and they'll pick the best 5 people and give them full tuition scholarship which i'm aiming for. Thursday they will see my portfolio and decide if i'm in the first five people from the top. The other university, which i applied for visual communication design degree, wants a digital portfolio and they are really picky. You can check their site and exhibitions at

I'm hoping to get into a uni this year, or i'll have to serve for the military(which every male turkish citizen is forced to after 20 years of age).
I'm planning to impress them with digital sketches, lot's of them so they will be overwhelmed to do anything.

08 August 2005, 07:02 PM

Seeing that Thursday is your review, it's probably too late to do anything drastic (not that you necessarily need to) :) but I want to wish you the best of luck, and let us know how things go.

If you want, create a thread and call it "vikkie's portfolio" and see if you can get some quick, last minute reviews.

It would be great to see your portfolio and find out how things go.

Best of luck! :)


08 August 2005, 07:09 PM
why are you so helpful? you are not going to fool us with candy are you? :D Thank you so much for everything. i think my portfolio will be just enough. I'm hoping to give you guys some good news this friday (by saying that i totally jinxed it) :shrug:

08 August 2005, 07:21 PM

Lol, no candy fooling involved! :) Nah, I just know how tough it is to find art training that doesn't cost a million dollars for very little information. Plus, this is just loads of fun. I've never before experienced seeing so much artwork from so many different artists internationally, so this is just a cool experience. Best of luck, and hope to hear good news! :)


08 August 2005, 07:44 PM
Hi, I got some time so working on gestures more.

Rebecca: Yes, you are right about tablets. I´m using the new Intuos3 and they got better feeling but still not like pencil in my hand. I´d like to completely work digital so Im forcing myself from old school paper:D. Here are another set of few gestures...

08 August 2005, 07:48 PM

Cool that you're working on these daily! Indeed, I too must wean myself from old school paper and learn to express a la Wacom Tablet. Painting is so great with the tablet, but drawing so far has been a bit trickier ~ tho it depends on the type of drawing I'm trying to do.

Good luck with these, and keep us posted on your progress! :)


08 August 2005, 01:23 PM I'm an amateur, and you can see so many mistakes here in these images:) I'd never taken any drawing classes. I just want to share this images with you, and try to learn sometning from you.:) Don't hesitate to write a review about them!!!

08 August 2005, 10:19 AM
danimani, I hope you don't mind I did a review on your drawing:
Proportion wise I think you did well. I like how you did the arms (where obviously I've failed). You should be more careful with the major body axis. For example the shoulder axis - I think his left shoulder should be placed a bit higher. You narrowed his torso too much. Also from your drawing you can't really tell that he's leaning on his right foot.

08 August 2005, 11:13 AM
10x a lot, Lunat1k:)
yes I can see all my mistakes...the shoulder, the position of the head, the right foot, the torso and time I'll try to be more careful........ about the hands.....I use my own hand for a model...but believe me there was nothing common:shrug:
see you

08 August 2005, 11:28 AM "my own" hand:)

08 August 2005, 11:36 AM

Thanks for your posts! :) Don't worry if you think you're an 'amateur', I think actually your drawings hold a lot of potential! The only difference between an 'amateur' and a 'pro' is dedication, so there's no golden rule as far as that goes. ;)

With your David copy, I think you've got the right idea about finding the axes of the body, but I'll post a review a little later showing how to find these correctly. With your hand drawing, I would say draw a sheet with several hands in different positions. Hands and feet are not necessarily as tough as people think they are, and the more often drawn, the more easy it becomes to break past that barrier of thinking they are challenging.

Looking forward to more of your posts! :)


Thank you for doing a review, and I think you did a nice job of showing the basic axes! :) It's nice to see others critiquing work, it definitely helps to get a variety of viewpoints. :)


08 August 2005, 12:25 PM
danimani, you're welcome man, glad I could help.

rebecca, your lessons are helping me a lot and I'm trying to do the same whenever I can :).

These are yesterdays (and todays) "best of" works (i did about 8 total and picked the ones I like). I still can't get my grip on the offset curves, I think I'll go through your OPPOSING CURVES lesson again. The other thing that bothers me is the arms (and sometimes the shoulder area). I just can't get them right :(. My arms look like cylinders or worse.

08 August 2005, 03:01 PM
10x Rebecca:)
I'm looking forward about your reviews:bounce:

08 August 2005, 08:45 PM

I decided to do a demo less than a review per se of your drawing, because I think the demo will be more useful to you and to others. I can see that you're struggling with figuring out where to place the major axes of the body, such as the central axis, the axes of the ribs and pelvis, the axis of the head, and the axes of the shoulders and limbs. These are not always easy things to find, and you have to know how to look for them. That having been said, you can always find these axes if you take time to look for them. Here is an example with the David statue:

A great way to practice finding these axes is to trace, either digitally or traditionally, master drawings or sculptures in this fashion ~ only finding the major axes and boxy / cylindrical shapes and masses, without worrying about minor details.

I hope this helps! Let me know if something is confusing, and I'll do my best to explain it. :)


08 August 2005, 08:47 AM is another...
I've started it early afternoon /yesterday/ and finished today this morning.
The problem is that I furst made the detailed one.....and after that I made the outstroked..... I know, that I made a big mess with the sketches......:sad:
Hmmmm the position of the right foot embarrassеd me a little.
And Rebecca is this the right place to post my rough sketches?

/sorry for my bad English/

08 August 2005, 11:01 AM

This is the perfect place to post these drawings, no worries. :) And I always think it's funny how Europeans apologize for 'bad English' when most of you guys speak at least 2 languages, and then very well!! :) We uni-lingual Americans are always just impressed. :)

You didn't make a mess with the sketches, in fact, I think you're doing rather well. It really doesn't matter the order in which you create your sketches, so long as you are learning and getting something out of the process.

I like outstroked sketch better than the detailed one ~ the outstroked, or lay-in, sketch, is a much better kind of drawing to do because it forces artists to really think about what they are doing when they draw. It's harder to do this way, and it takes a lot of time and practice to learn, but it is more than worth it to draw this way.

Continue to do more oustroke / lay-in sketches, and I guarantee that you will improve! I also recommend tracing the outstroke / lay-in on master drawings, paintings, or sculptures ~ tracing is a great tool for learning how the master artists worked! :)

I think it's great to see your progress, and I hope to see more of your work! :)


08 August 2005, 06:47 AM
Hi Rebecca, i like to learn more about gesture drawing, so i try to make this one, i like to know about the gesture, thanks for the input :)

05 May 2006, 03:35 AM
I havent contributed any artwork to these threads to heres some recent work. Im definately a line oriented person and I love gestures. In the meantime Im trying to get better at weakness =) (

05 May 2006, 06:34 PM

Hi there, it's great to see your work! I always love to see Gesture Drawings such as these. Would you mind telling us something about your art background and training?

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 08:17 PM
Its nice to see an artistic anatomy thread represented on a CG site, thanks for getting that started Rebecca=) I dont have much "history" with an art backgroud except that im a recent graduate of the Art Institute. Ive been drawing seriously since I started college and I try to draw every chance I get.

05 May 2006, 06:37 PM

Very cool! Definitely keep posting your work. :)



09 September 2006, 08:59 PM
Here are a few gestures recently done. Rebecca, I think you've already seen these but I just came across this part of the forum and thought I'd post here as well.

09 September 2006, 06:43 AM

I will keep posting the sketching pieces on my personal sketch book. ^ ^

09 September 2006, 11:38 AM
Here are some 1 min gestures. I'm quite rusty, but I'll consider these 'before' images.

Here's a 5 min.

10 October 2006, 02:22 PM
Model in motion
(NERO pencil)

2 minutes pose
(Pen & Water)

2 minutes pose

2 minutes pose

5 minutes pose

5 minutes pose

More of my work from observation :

10 October 2006, 12:28 AM

Welcome to the Anatomy Forum. :) Unfortunately, I am not able to see your images. Can you repost them please?



GI jay
10 October 2006, 05:26 AM
just a quickie, saw an old guy at a bus stop fiddling with something, couldnt see what though.
first time image post! :D

hmm, sorry about the thumbnail, kinda annoying i know...

10 October 2006, 03:51 AM
Currently I am in a life drawing for animation class in college. I have always loved life drawing and have taken classes off and on. I really want to focus on drawing to become better at anatomy and proportion. Here are some gesture sketches I created for my class.

10 October 2006, 07:18 PM
some gestures from life drawing a few trimesters ago...used charcoal for the darker ones and pencil for the lighter drawing... the pencil one was a min long pose i think and the darker ones were probably 2mins long..

10 October 2006, 12:31 AM
GI jay, Nyela, and noobie,

Welcome, and nice to see your work here. :)

I did this demo from a master copy I did as part of the 50 Torsos Workshop (, which I hope helps point out a few key principles to help with your drawing.

You can also see a collection of paintovers and demos here:

Paintovers & Demos (;f=9;t=30);f=9;t=30

Cheers, :)


10 October 2006, 01:38 AM
really love the top demo

GI jay
10 October 2006, 09:57 AM
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11 November 2006, 12:36 PM
Just did some few seconds to 1-2 minutes gestures, all in 2B Carbon Pencil. Crits please!

11 November 2006, 10:47 PM
Hey guys, one of my favs.

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