Rebecca Kimmel's Anatomy Review 001: GESTURE

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Old 06 June 2005   #46
This is really awesome, I'm really looking forward to this expanding, I'll be here for sure.
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Old 06 June 2005   #47
I am in. ThanQ rebeccak ,for starting this great thread.I think this thread has no end. U R great
Old 06 June 2005   #48
Wow this thread is really cool. Count me in!

Rebecca thank you so much for doing this. THis is a great idea!

I can't wait to dust off the old masonite board and get started.
Old 06 June 2005   #49
I'm so excited to get started! <click homepage> I'll be watching and hopefully posting regularly....cant wait to get started.
Old 06 June 2005   #50
Thank you once again Rebecca for doing this for us! these were done in pencil, scanned, and levels adjusted in PS.

"You've got head-pidgeons....go to the nurse!"
Old 06 June 2005   #51
Smile excellent

excellent drawing. I am very impressed with your close detail, and cross hatch shading. i am so inspired. thank you for sharing. in this picture you should be able to see the light lines as the set up for the dark and final lines, as in technique shown by rebecca.

i have figure drawings coming out my ears, here is a quick one i grabbed for this thread.
p.s i have no formal training, or college. just been drawing my whole life.

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Old 06 June 2005   #52
I need serious work on my abilities and the human anatomy is no is my 'gesturing' attempt...thank you very much for this opportunity....cant wait to see all the posts.

Last edited by Skeksi : 06 June 2005 at 10:29 AM.
Old 06 June 2005   #53
Talking Inaugural Revision :)


thank you for your post!! I congratulate you on becoming the first guinea pig for this thread ~ and well, according to the rules, I shouldn't start posting revisions til the end of the week, but I'm going to start, to give folks a little more to go on than just the initial drawings and text which I posted.

so here goes

Here I have tried to show several different ways of approaching the gesture drawing ~ all of which are based on the same basic idea outlined in the Gesture lesson:

  1. Direction of HEAD
  2. Direction of RIBCAGE
  3. Direction of PELVIS
  5. Flow of LIMBS
A. is your original drawing. Comments: I think there is a nice sense of movement, and the twist of the upper torso is rather clear. Criticism: Focus more on the underlying structure of the body before adding superficial details such as specific facial features, hair, clothing, etc. The STRUCTURE is the most important part, but it is easy to forget that what you see on the surface of the figure is not what is defining the underlying structure.

B. shows the simple lay-in with the PEANUT shape defining the torso (combination of rib cage and pelvis) ~ the main thing here is not to make the drawing look exactly like the person, but rather to reinforce the principles listed above in both your mind and in your hand.

C. shows more of a box and cylinder construction approach, where boxes are used to define the shape and orientation of the rib cage and pelvis, and cylinders are used to define the general shape and flow of the arms and legs in sections. Note that the CENTER LINE is indispensible in all of these analytic drawings to show the orientation of the whole figure.

D. Just takes the concepts listed in C a bit further...

E. shows that the superficial surface of the body, the skin, is added last, and rides on top of the underlying construction which you have created. As skin is formless without the underlying bone and muscle structure of the body, so are lines formless without the underlying construction tools - boxes, cylinders, & axes such as the center line - which we utilize in a drawing.

F. shows the method with which these drawings were created -- successive sheets of tracing paper which were scanned. Don't be afraid to trace over your own drawings to refine them ~ it's a great way to see your mistakes and to learn from them. I created several versions which are now happily living in the garbage can so the more mistakes you make, the more you learn ~

One more thing ~ it's important to note that this type of structural drawing is not ultimately how you want to draw ~ but it is far more important to learn structure this way than to try to produce a "pretty" drawing without substance.

Hope this helps

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Last edited by rebeccak : 06 June 2005 at 04:33 AM.
Old 06 June 2005   #54
Wow rebeccak, impressive work nearly same quality as Burn Hogarth.
Thanks for your advices.
Old 06 June 2005   #55
I think I'l keep making sketches till the rest of the week even though I got one that I'm surprisingly happy with today. Maybe I'l end up with something worth critiquing.
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Old 06 June 2005   #56
Thanks, guys, for your continued posts.

Here is an example of a gesture drawing which I did a while back...


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Old 06 June 2005   #57
Back to basics.......Woohoo~
Thanks Rebecca for coming up with such a thread.
Will be posting mine shortly......
Old 06 June 2005   #58
Another faded gesture...


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Old 06 June 2005   #59
Here is an example of a gesture drawing drawn from a photograph of a sculpture...the good thing with photographs of sculpture~ nothing moves...


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Old 06 June 2005   #60
Ok i may have gotten everyting upside-down but here goes:

I hope the image shows up.

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