Gesture Drawing Practice

Gesture Drawing Practice

Back in January, I took an online figure drawing class from Proko.

I liked the class, but I fell in love with his gesture drawing exercises.

Now when I find myself with a little extra time at the office, I'll spend five or ten minutes doing quick gesture sketches. (Pixelovely and Quickposes both have good reference photos.)

If I don't practice figure drawing every few weeks, I get rusty. But when I make gesture drawing a habit, my figures become more accurate and the process becomes more rewarding.

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Checking the Accuracy of Your Figure Drawings

I usually draw with a pencil, but I wanted to check the accuracy of these sketches, so I traced over the pencil lines with a Micron pen. Then I scanned the drawings into Photoshop and laid the reference photos over top at 50% opacity.

I was trying really hard to get the proportions right, so I'm happy that these lined up as well as they did.

When I did this with a few more sheets of figure drawings, I started to notice trends: I often make the gesture more subtle than it really is, for example. And I always seem to place the breasts too high on the chest. Two good things to keep in mind for future sketches.

If you want to feel more confident when drawing people, I highly recommend Proko's classes. Check out his YouTube channel for some free demos, too.

Just don't get in trouble with HR for drawing naked people at your desk.