How exactly do gestures help you draw better?

Is it to help you pin-point the movement of the figure more quickly and more accurately and become more familiar with the human anatomy?

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  • They help you rapidly organize information. In gestures you often get more movement, broader strokes, and far less time. Gesture drawing forces you to work quickly, and observe quickly. Much like runners have to train to run sprints, consider gesture drawing your sprint training. You’re training your eyes to see the form quickly and accurately, you’re training your hands to work efficiently with minimal strokes while capturing the pose, and you’re at the same time studying the anatomy so that you can mentally reference the pose later.

  • Tim D

    It has two basic purposes.

    One is to loosen you up – kind of like an athlete warming up before an event, it does not have the intense concentration you might use with a long term pose.

    The other is that by restricting your time it helps break down a figure into basic shapes (lines and ovals), it helps with poses that are too strenuous for a model to hold and with action poses that are spontaneous outside the classic poses.

    Accuracy is rarely the outcome, one would make the basic series of sketches and go back and work on the accuracy – it does raise questions about anatomy producing situations that are rarely studied in depth.

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