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Figure Drawing Basics: Pose and Gesture

Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

Figure Drawing Basics: Pose and Gesture

Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Figure Drawing Basics Pose and Gesture Introduction

    • 2. Start Drawing Beginner Figure Drawing

    • 3. Figure Drawing Basics Pose and Gesture Thanks

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Join class with Sydney artist Shellie, to learn how to capture the gesture and the attitude of a pose in life or figure drawing with simple lines.  With this skill your figure drawing will improve as you will be able to capture the essence of any pose in a few articulate lines.

Find your feet with figure drawing with this class where you learn to see and draw the main gesture of a pose.  This essential skill will aid you in all figure drawing as it enables you to capture the essence of a pose in a quick sketch.

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1. Figure Drawing Basics Pose and Gesture Introduction: Hello, my name is Shelly. I'm coming to you from Sydney, Australia, and I'm so excited to bring this class to you all about figure drawing. This class is suitable for people at all stages of drawing because it captures an essential part of figure drawing, which is learning how to capture the pose and get the gesture of a pose. So when you're doing these types of drawings are usually quite quick. You're trying to capture the essence of a pose in a few lines. So we're not going to be fussing about anatomy or proportion overly. We're really just trying to capture the movement in the body and where the weight is falling in that body. So looking at the hips and the legs and the torso, and how those elements, those main components, fit together to create the pose and the gesture. So we're going to practice by copying master drawings, using them as a reference. You can also use images from magazines or people you see out and about and something you can practice every day, wherever you are. It might seem challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll see that the skills you develop from his class will translate into every you do because the capacity to simplify what you're seeing into a few Swift lions that capture the real gesture and pose of that figure is really vital to achieve a convincing and dynamic drawing. Okay, let's get started. 2. Start Drawing Beginner Figure Drawing: Okay, so let's get started. Here. I've got a book with figure drawings from the great masters, and I'm going to be using that as a reference point. So feel free to follow along using the same references may for the class. As you move through the class, you'll gain confidence and be able to actually use your own reference material to practice this technique further. The materials that we need for today, a very simple, simply some paper or a sketchbook, need a pencil and eraser. I would recommend a pencil such as HB 2B, 4B. Nothing too dark and nothing too hard either. Just a nice soft drawing pencil. So when we're looking at this figure, this is the pose, this is the gesture that we're trying to capture that movement of the body from the right to the left, and then back to the right again, down on the feet. And we're not trying to draw the figure or copy it particularly, we're just trying to capture that gesture with a few lines. So I'm just starting by capturing the angle of the arm that's raised. Trying to get a sense of how that then moves from the heap on the right-hand side down in the opposite direction. You don't need to use the same lines as male or the same mocks. System matter of becoming used to looking at the simplified shapes of the figure and capturing the essence of where the weight is falling. So you want to consider things like the torso is a solid separate unit or the body. The hips is another unit to consider because they can move in a different direction. And then the legs and the arm and also the Head. Cape. The shapes very simple, very block-like. But do look at the reference drawing and do try your best to capture the essence of the gesture of that, of that image. Or draw some arrows to show you the gesture of this pose. The first is coming down from the head to the hips. The second is moving toward the rod across the top of the ties and then back down to the right with the bottom half of the legs. That's the energy of the post. That's where the weight of the pose is moving. If I simplify it down to those three simple lines, that's what we've got. You can keep playing around with just capturing the pose in a gesture of one figure. And try different ways of communicating that information. You're trying to simplify it. So here we have a figure that's mostly straight up and down, but there are more subtle movements of weight and gesture within that figure. So we are going to have a go of drawing this one. So take a moment to look at the figure in the larger groups of the body. So the torso, the hips, and the legs. And think about where you think the weight is falling. Why do you think the movement is within the body? So let's have a go at this. If you really look at the upper back, does actually move from the right to the left. And the hips do have a slight movement from the left to the rise. And then the leg that all of the white is standing on goes straight down. But the left-hand leg has movement in it and it goes from the left to the right and then back out again. So you can see here I'm just drawing arrows to show you the various movements within this body. And it's good to try one like this, which looks pretty much straight up and down. Because when you analyze it, there, there is movement within that shape that you probably wouldn't have noticed initially. So now we've had a go at this one. It's useful to try again. Now that we've explored it, we can try to refine our, our drawing, which is supposed to capture the, the pose and the movement within that figure. So I'm just raise sketching it and I'm clarifying my thoughts on paper about whether gesture flows. This is a Michelangelo drawing. So we're going to use this as a reference for annexed practice. There's quite a lot of dynamic movement in this image. So take a moment to analyze the major body parts such as the arms are torsos, the hips and the legs. And to see how you think he could simplify that down to the core gesture of the pose. As you're trying to capture the gesture of a pose. Sometimes it's not a matter of simply getting it the first attempt and it's a matter of exploring that figure with lines. So you can draw the various components of the body. He can draw gestural limes that indicate where you think the movement is heading. And you can actually explore the figure with lines. So don't worry if you end up with lots of lines because you're trying to learn the, trying to gauge where that movement is. And by drawing these arrows, you can clarify for yourself the sense of movement. Then you can draw a game with all of that knowledge and experience that you've gained about that figure. And you can try to capture it in simpler and fewer lines. As you become more skilled at this process, your initial attempts will actually capture the gesture of the pose very succinctly. 3. Figure Drawing Basics Pose and Gesture Thanks: Thank you for joining me on this class where we've explored figure drawing. And in particular, we've looked at how to capture the gesture and the pose of a figure. I hope the exercises had been approachable and fun. And I hope you can see now how valuable the skill is and how it will translate into all of your future drawing. So keep practicing and your work will continue to improve. If you've enjoyed the class, please like it. Please leave a review, tell your friends about it, and keep an eye out for the rest of my art classes, which I'm sure you'll find enjoyable and useful. Happy Drawing.