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Things I learned from gesture drawing.

Posted 01-30-2012 at 09:04 AM by Lime
I've been spending hours doing posemaniacs gesture drawings for the past few months!

When I started, I struggled to complete them in even 90 seconds apiece: Now im down to 45 second ones and they STILL resemble what i was trying to draw. (save for the most complicated ones)

Things i realized since then:

-Drawing lines how they're actually seen really does take practice.

It used to kill me how I'd see a head tilted downward, but yet, when i actually put pen to tablet, my brain kept screwing with me, drawing a straight vertical profile. It was actually a struggle just to get through that, but there really is a sort of hand-eye-coordination involved. I'd go a step further and say hand-eye-brain. The more i did them, the better i got at properly translating them to the canvas.

-That whole 'break the drawing down into shapes' actually isn't full of crap.

When I was new, I thought that was the stupidest tactic ever. 'That seems like a crutch i'd have to break later...I mean, SURELY the arm is not some oval and everyone realizes that! I MUST draw the lines exactly as they're curved!'

And i got nowhere for the longest time.

Once i got down to 45 second gestures, i spent a hour or two working at it, then when I went to look back at them I realized....

I had subconsiously started breaking the drawing down into shapes to capture it faster. AND IT LOOKED PRETTY DARN SIMILAR TO THE ORIGINAL.

It was then I realized what this tactic was all about. It's not about taking a shortcut. Drawing line by line works when you're doing 2d shapes like a square. but if you're really trying to capture a 3d form, thinking in lines aren't enough. You need to capture its FORM. I used to go 'Line defining side of head>Line defining shoulder>line defining arm' then get frustrated when everything turned out lopsided.

but I learned its better if forms come before lines. Now I finish the head's form before moving on to the shoulders and so on. I'm finally learning how to think in 3d.

-You get art vision.

Just recently I was at work, and I realized I now can see how things can be drawn easier. The bin i looked at before was no longer a bin: I saw 4 diagonal lines forming the top of the bin with 2 vertical lines defining its height.

This is what's important about practice: its retraining your brain to see not just a form, but what those forms are made of. No amount of reading got me to really start seeing that way. It took speed gesture drawing to put my brain under pressure and really start breaking it down. To finally think in 3d.

I'll continue to practice to improve my freehand drawing skills, I know its the hardest of all paths. but i really would like to draw spontaneously.

-Notes from a person who started off with absolutely no talent

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  1. Torikakae's Avatar
    Let us see the goods~
    Posted 01-30-2012 at 02:42 PM by Torikakae Torikakae is offline
  2. Lime's Avatar
    Good idea! i could fraps a 10 minute session of posemaniacs gestures!
    Posted 02-01-2012 at 07:24 AM by Lime Lime is offline
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