Fundamentals: The Importance of Gesture

For a long time I have questioned why I needed to do gestures but I think I’ve finally seen their importance.

The rhythm or movement of the body is what artists are trying to capture when doing gestures. It is important that gestures be done quickly and fluidly yet, and this is the most important, accurately. The ability to capture the movement of the human form accurately in a very short period of time is very difficult, yet vital to an artists progression.

This is what I’m practicing now. I want the ability to draw the entire figure within a couple minutes and know that not only are my proportions accurate, but I also have the movement of the figure locked in before I start piling on the details.

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Session Details

  • Session: 1916
  • Work: 1392
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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  1. Remember, it’s not practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice makes perfect.
    Keep doing what you are doing. You are getting better each day. And you are improving with each brush stroke and pencil/charcoal line.

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