The gesture sketch is importantbecause:Mature artists use gesture sketching routinely.A gesture sketch can be a beautiful artwork in its own right, but itsalso the first raw marks under a highly finished painting.Gesture sketching can be used as a warm-up and refinementexercise, just like practicing scales for music, or floor and barre workfor dance.Gesture sketching is used for active thinking -- Most artists plantheir artworks in a gesture sketching style.Gesture sketching is essential, not just because it is taught as a firststep in drawing, but because it is central to the art making process.
Gesture QualitiesQuickNo detailsLess outlineCapture PoseSkeletalBasisMovement of artistLooseMistake driven
Line of ActionIt should take you about two short seconds to assess and make yourline (or two lines) of action.The line of action is the first, fast, simple mark - or two - that conveys theextent and direction of the pose.
Drawing III and AdvancedLine QualityDevelop Beauty of the MarksBe able to portray parts of body in space, perspective without losing loose qualityAdding potential: add a vibration that effects movement, tension, atmosphere, strength, delicacy, etc. The marks can be used like idea pathways, suggesting direction as the drawing moves beyond the gesture phase.Add relationship and rhythm