Reverse Gestures

Today I worked on my drawing of David Tennant, the 10th doctor plus I worked on the “Reverse Gestures” exercise from The Natural Way to Draw.

I made a video to talk about what reverse gestures are and how I do them. This is a longer video, but if you hate reading here it is.

You can get the book for free here or buy your own physical copy from your local bookstore. Here is the exact text from the book that describes reverse gestures, he calls them “reverse poses”.


“During a three-minute pose make a gesture drawing of that pose as it would look in reverse. For example, if you see a side view of the model kneeling on his left knee, his right arm extended in front of him and his left arm back of him, draw as if he were facing in the opposite direction, kneeling on his right knee with his left arm forward and his right arm back. Whatever the pose, draw as if the model were facing the opposite way and were using the opposite limbs for the gesture. What you draw will resemble the reflection of the pose that would appear in a mirror held in front of your eyes. The model then takes this reverse pose and you draw it again on a fresh sheet of paper. Draw ‘ in reverse ’ a great variety of things, such as a piece of furniture, a house, a pitcher, an automobile.”

Here is how far I got on David Tennant. I’m going to have a very busy week so I don’t expect to finish this drawing soon.

The Tenth Doctor David Tennant drawing

Previous Dr Who Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Reverse Gestures

The reverse gestures from the The Natural Way to Draw book is wonderful for getting you out of your comfort zone and thinking about form and drawing in a different way.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Had fun with reverse gestures and got in some great deep work time in early.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I would like to to these kind of gestures more, but I have other commitments.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Keep showing up daily and doing the best I can!

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