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10 Videos (20m)
    • Class Trailer

      1:49
    • Project Assignment

      1:12
    • Gesture Inspiration

      1:04
    • Forget Anatomy!

      2:02
    • Line of Action

      1:19
    • Straights and Curves

      1:11
    • Drawing Gestures from References

      2:53
    • Speed Drawing: Core Project

      4:01
    • Speed Drawing: Bonus Project

      3:46
    • Wrapping Up

      0:38

About This Class

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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.

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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!

186 of 187 students recommendSee All

Great class! As a total non-artist who's never taken a drawing class - I really learned a LOT - thank you SO MUCH.... Because I *am* such a newbie though - I wanted to hear you talk about how to draw the gesture line to start with - how to think about where the energy is going/flowing, and a *few* little hints about things like drawing a hand or a foot that doesn't look ridiculous - that helps convey the direction and action - does that make sense? I know it's not about details - but just a few more tips would have been great for those of us who are complete neophytes.... But bottom line - this is a terrific class, you have a great, appealing style, and the production values and the way you laid out the class are terrific! Kudos!
Meg McClellan

When you need words done well...

I had so much fun drawing gestures! Thank you for a great class! Hope to apply this in my future class :)
This course has helped me "see" the gesture in a figure instead of getting stuck on the anatomy, clothing, etc.

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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