Art School Boot Camp: Drawing Dynamic Gestures
- 1x (Normal)
Line of Action1:19
Straights and Curves1:11
Drawing Gestures from References2:53
Speed Drawing: Core Project4:01
Speed Drawing: Bonus Project3:46
About This Class
Welcome the second session of Art School Boot Camp! Throughout this series, illustrator Christine Fleming will take you through the fundamental concepts learned in art and design school, from composition to color to gestures. In this 20 minute boot camp installation, learn how Christine visualizes action and injects energy and liveliness into her illustrated gestures. The class is broken up into two parts: Learning and Drawing. In the Learning section, Christine will introduce the three most important concepts to keep in mind when drawing poses and actions, including forgetting anatomy, line of action, and drawing straights and curves. Then she’ll take you step by step how to make a quick line gesture drawing from a photo reference including how to find the line of action, how to draw the gestures of parts, and how to fill out the body.
Then you’ll put that knowledge to work in the Drawing section where you’ll complete Speed Drawing exercises together. A photograph of a life pose will appear on your screen, and you’ll have 15 seconds to quickly sketch out a gesture drawing using the techniques from the class, simultaneously with Christine. At the end of the 15 seconds, you’ll see what Christine came up with, and then move on to the next pose. You can choose to just complete the Core Project and draw the 10 life poses, or you go for the Bonus Challenge as well and draw a series of quickfire gestures within 10 pose categories. This style of speed drawing is a great way to loosen up and get comfortable drawing gestures and actions.
By the end of the class, you’ll have a full set of gesture drawings that you can use as a reference for future projects, and a new set of skills for injecting life into your drawings! No prior knowledge of drawing or software is required. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and 30 minutes!
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To be honest, I found this incredibly frustrating when I couldn't finish my gesture drawings in the allotted time. And I started getting really down on myself because it looks like it should be easier. I know I just need to be a lot looser. I'm going to play through the core project a couple of times and practice with other reference photos. Thank you for this class!
Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.
Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.
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