Gestures 31Jan19

by Camazine, January 31st 2019 © 2019 Camazine

Done as part of a practice session with poses of 2 minutes in length.

My current goal is: Improve at correctly capturing the overall proportions of the human form

Mx. Abi

I can't tell if the number of lines you use is a deliberate stylistic choice or a lack of confidence.
You have good control of proportion, so my challenge to you would be lean one way or the other.

There is a bit of a wire contour feel to your image, but the lines are almost too distracting.

So I would challenge you to pursue one direction or the other. Lean into the lines and make them ore meaningful. Or can you reduce the lines?

A personal challenge I set for myself was to complete a gesture in 10 lines or less. And it took me almost a year to be able to do it with any consistency. It was a great challenge because it made me really pause and go slower. Even though I laid down fewer lines, I really had to think about every single one of them.

That is my critical advice. Become more deliberate. Reduce or increase the lines. Make the choice on purpose.


That is a great critique. You are right on! I just started to watch the videos posted by LoveLifeDrawing on YouTube, and one of their exercises was to do gestures in 12 lines.

The 12 Line Challenge


I have been trying to do my gestures with that in mind. Right now my issue is a lack of confidence. I need to commit to a line rather than put down many and "hope" that one "lands" in the right place. Glenn Vilppu also suggests using a charcoal soaked chamois to lay down the gesture, and then place few lines over this gesture.

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