Gesture Drawing Exploration

Here’s some studies I’v been making spurred by interest in gesture drawing and my disappointment i my drawing at the last life class. As I’v stated I’m trying to get back to line as a clear confident line or mark is where the feeling lives making better drawings. All drawing made from photos in the book Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet, photos of life models on line and a few studies of  Derek Overfeild drawings.


Conte pastel drawing. Model in Anatomy for the Artist – Sarah Simblet


Conte pastel drawing. Model in Anatomy for the Artist – Sarah Simblet. Bulbous hip, fore arm to long


Quick gesture drawings made from models in the book Anatomy for the Artist – Sarah Simblet


Form, gesture, contour


Finding the shapes. Getting a bit Henry Moore towards the end. Pose from Anatomy for the Artist – Sarah Simblet.


Contour drawings and anatomical study from Anatomy for the Artist – Sarah Simblet.



Right studies of Derek Oldfeild drawings. Left my attempt in style of, from life model photos on line. Using an olive green acrylic ground to jazz up the page, Board of white.


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  1. Excellent! I especially like how the figures and highlights pop on the ones with the blue/ violet/gray background.

    • Thanks Jeff!

      The paper is really grey by the snap on my phone camera under poor artificial light made it look a bit funny.

      • This seems like a great time to add that these gesture drawings are great examples of creating motion within the image. The blurred lines and highlights that seemingly function as light trails give the images a liveliness of movement. Especially when coupled with a fitting gesture, such as the leaping dancer in orange, it makes it all work.

  2. Hi Emma. I hope you like these as much as I do. You are on the right track.

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