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…
...here we go:
references from [www.wga.hu](http://www.wga.hu/)
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.
While doing these I felt a bit lost… so I have a few questions:
- What is the relation between gesture lines and direction of movement / strength of figure?
- 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)