Pr 3 Gesture: Ex 2 Energy

Anther day another life class. Today my fix came at Theydon Bois, A fun friendly atmosphere with help on tap if requested just a stones through from home.

Not overly impressed with my results today. The gesture drawing however was fun and a reliese from measuring and tone. Some nice bits that could be taken further. Especially the first page with the hard pastilles. Will try working over and over an image next time in the same way with the pastels. Will also use an easel next time out to free up the arm. Was a bit of a rush pack today so drew sitting as no easel with me.

The charcoal ban nearly lasted the whole session. Unhappy with results I did reach for my trusty friend (willow charcoal) in the dyeing minutes but even with this in hand the magic did not happen..

Want to do some more gestures. Maybe from magazines or telly to get figures in action. Also I’m going to do a bit of research on the gestures. I remember seeing so beautiful Klimpt gesture drawings in Austria. Then there’s Sheila and Rodin, Talos la Treck, and all the rest..

The first life class I attended (way back a few years ago) I drew with confidence and the lines worked. I was feeling the shapes in one movement. I will dig out those pics and have a good look. Hopefully I may get back there and some how incorporate the other stuff I’v been learning. Saying that the ones I drew in Bethnal Green had a nice flow. Perhaps as we improve we go two steps forward and one step back? I all ways expect to grow on the last sessions successes in the next class. It doesn’t seem to work like that. Guess you have to have the muse on side as well. Still, I’v got the life drawing bug now and nothings going to stop me keep on trying.


Each figure is a 30 second gesture drawing. I like these, they have scope.


Here the tutor suggested we draw negative and positive shapes in quick 2 minute poses. Then a 5 min pose on the right.


30 second gesture drawings. Like the bottom foreshortened ones. Moved around the model for these.


A variety of gesture drawings in felt tip and drawing pen. 1-2 minutes each moving around model to change motif.


15 minute drawing. Head too big, lacks flowing lines, boxy.


5 minute gesture drawing


3 minute gesture drawing


10 + 20 minute pose




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