Direction and Gesture

When sketching from a model, arrange yourself so that you can see easily over your work and have a clear view of the whole figure. You will need to look back and forth from model to drawing often and quickly.

1. Allow about three to four minutes for each pose. You can ask your model ahead of time to change the pose according to a preestablished schedule.

2. Try to capture:

The line of the spine.

The twist or angle of the spine.

The angle of the head and neck.

The angles of the shoulders and hips (which are often opposite to each other).

The directions of the arms and legs. That will keep you plenty busy!

Quick gesture drawings are great for discovering how the human body works, and how it looks in motion. Making gesture drawings will help you learn the proportional relationships of body parts and to follow their natural movement.

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