SINCE THIS IS LARGELY A CLOSED THREAD, FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN FURTHER EXPLORING GESTURE, PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING (ACTIVE) THREAD:
Here we explore the Concept of Gesture and there are many useful exercises. Frankly, the Beginner's Lounge is probably more useful at this point than this one.
REBECCA KIMMEL'S Anatomy Review 001: GESTURE
Welcome to the inaugural thread of Rebecca Kimmel’s Anatomy Review. Hopefully this will be one of many "tutorials" that I will be writing about the core concepts concerning drawing the human figure in an artistically anatomical way.
But first let me tell you a bit about myself -- I graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design having studied Illustration. I studied under the popular teachers Harry Carmean, Burne Hogarth, and Steve Huston among many others. I have always had the interest in teaching figurative drawing and artistic anatomy, and I am thankful to Roberto Ortiz for presenting me with this unique and special opportunity. So bear with me as this is a fledgling teaching attempt J
So bring your drawing pads, sketch books, your wacoms and your pencils & pens, and let’s start drawing.
Part I: GESTURE
Gesture drawings may seem basic, but their importance cannot be overlooked. Gesture is the heart and soul of a drawing – without first establishing the clean, economical sweep of lines (and subtle shading) to quickly define the human form in its entirety, an artist drawing from a model (or reference) can quickly become lost. Beginners tend to focus narrowly on details, and never establish the full figure. It is critical when drawing to focus instead on the BIG PICTURE.
The BIG PICTURE is about establishing several main components of the figure quickly. These major components are:
- The direction the head is facing – this can be established with a simple sphere and a few lines denoting the central axis and the axis of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- The direction the ribcage is facing – this can be established by finding the pit of the neck (the space between the clavicles and the sternum).
- The direction the pelvis is facing – this can be established by finding the line of symmetry which bisects the pelvic area.
- The center line of the body – this is an average of an imaginary line which can be thought to run from the pit of the neck, down the sternum and rib cage, down the pelvis, and to the base of of the feet.
- The shape of the ribcage and pelvis are, next to the head, the most important shapes to establish. A modified "peanut" shape can be used in every figure you draw to establish their combined average shape.
- The average flow of the limbs – arms and legs are only to be established after the head direction, rib cage and pelvis direction, and center line of the body are established. They are, surprisingly, the LAST major feature which you should establish when creating a gesture drawing. Limbs can be expressed quickly with simple directional lines, and then augmented with a simple system of conical (cone) shapes to add mass and form.
RECAP: WHAT TO ESTABLISH IN A GESTURE DRAWING:
- Direction of HEAD
- Direction of RIBCAGE
- Direction of PELVIS
- CENTER LINE OF BODY
- Flow of LIMBS
So that’s it. Go now, pick that sketchbook up, and practice drawing GESTURES. My advice is to do several and then pick the best one to post here.
YOU HAVE ONE WEEK TO POST YOUR BEST PIECE (GESTURE DRAWING).
Once I have posted my lesson it will be your turn:
- Post a drawing based on the topic or body part covered in this lesson. You may use a model (preferred) or photo reference.
- A couple of times a month, a new thread will be posted on the WIP/Critique: 2D, Illustrations and Concept Art called:REBECCA KIMMEL'S Anatomy Review [ID]: "Thread Title"
REBECCA KIMMEL'S Anatomy Review 001: GESTURE
This will be the CORE thread, created by Rebecca Kimmel, where the lessons will be posted along with the FINAL pieces done by the participants.
- This will be the only thread where artwork will be posted. Comments WILL be allowed on the thread.
Each entry will have:
- An original piece done after the topic has been picked.
- The artwork done by the participant based on the latest class.
- All artwork must have the following words written on them: (c) 2005 YOUR NAME
- At the end of the week, I will pick up to 4 pieces of my choosing and will review them. My advice: KEEP IT SIMPLE
- You are encouraged to use MODELS but if you cannot you can use PHOTO reference.
All text and images posted on this lesson are © 2005, Rebecca KimmelGood luck
-Roberto and Rebecca
DISCLAIMER: The creator of this thread, Roberto Ortiz, Rebecca Kimmel, CGNetworks and CGTALK are not responsible for what happens during these classes. Participants are posting under their own accord and their actions are their own. The aforementioned parties of Roberto Ortiz, Rebecca Kimmel, CGNetworks and CGTALK are in no way responsible for their actions and are thus not liable in any way.
RULES FOR CRITIQUING OTHERS' DRAWINGS:
OTHERS' REVISIONS OF INDIVIDUAL DRAWINGS:
Merwin's Review of Wyatt Harris: #241
Somhairle's Review of Kitami: #281
Fromanyland's Review of AdrielaSakamoto: #374
MO' ABOUT REBECCA - WOO!:
GESTURES OF THE WEEK!