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Gesture and Gender Proportions


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  • 1. GESTUREThe Basis
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Gesture QualitiesQuickNo detailsLess outlineCapture PoseSkeletalBasisMovement of artistLooseMistake driven
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Skeleton: Structural Basis
  • 6. Three Ovals -- Head, Ribcage, PelvisThere are three relatively rigid ovalshapes in the body.
  • 7. separating the torso into two parts, likethis, is VERY IMPORTANT:
  • 8. Lateral bending,extension, and flexion inthe spine will producedramatic change in thesurface view of thetorso.
  • 9. Joints & Pivot Points
  • 10. Long Bones
  • 11. Searching Mark: Be Free
  • 12. Line Gesture
  • 13. Mass Gesture
  • 14. Scribble Gesture
  • 15. Scribble Mass Gesture
  • 16. Sustained Gesture
  • 17. Drawing III and AdvancedLine QualityDevelop Beauty of the MarksBe able to portray parts of body in space, perspective without losing loose qualityAdding 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
  • 18. Proportions
  • 19. Male vs. FemaleMales: angular, moremuscularFemales: less musclemass, fat covers themuscles making thebody appear morerounded-soft,
  • 20. Male vs. FemaleSkeletalThoraxLumbar curvegreater in womenPelvisFemur location
  • 21. SkeletalDifferences : TheSkullA pointier chin.A narrower, rounderjaw.A rounder cranium.A less slopingforehead.
  • 22. TechniqueUsing your body todraw…Shoulder, elbow, arm
  • 23. “Manikin”CylindersSpheresSimplification