Lots of drawing again today. I had a ton of fun with all these drawing types today, lots of great practice.

I’m on the second schedule of exercises in the Natural Way to Draw book and the new thing introduced here is Potential Gestures.

Potential gestures are just like gestures but your not drawing what the model is doing but what you think the model will do next. At first I was anxious about this because I don’t work from memory or imagination at all but after the first few drawings I was having a ton of fun.

Nicolaides’s Says. “It is necessary to participate in what the model is doing, to identify yourself with him or her. Without a sympathetic emotional reaction in the artist there can be no real, no penetrating understanding”

In his book Nicolaides encourages the artists to enact what the model is doing and trying to feel their position. For the normal gestures I didn’t do this, even though it was encouraged, but for the potential gestures if found this to be so helpful it’s almost necessary.

I was getting some movement in every time I would flip to the next model I would try and strike their pose, imagine where I or they would move to next, then hurriedly sketch it out in the rest of the time the minute offered. Some turned out much better than I would have ever expected than others just fell flat.




This drawing is going smoothly. I’ve struggled so much with the fandom fitness drawings that it’s really nice to have one go well from the beginning.

What went well?

Lots of drawing done plus reading.

What didn’t go so well?

I’m not 100% today, I’m trying out something different with my sleep schedule and it’s not working.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

I’m loving potential gestures and I really need to get in touch with my imagination more.


  • Session: 2609
  • Work: 1677
  • Width: 14"
  • Height: 17"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3.75
  • Creative Time:



2 Responses

  1. Two things.

    1: I really like how you changed your site so that your artwork is displayed as the landing page.

    2: You’re getting me more and more interested in trying out Nicoladies.

    1. Thanks Jeff! I plan on doing an in-depth review of The Natural Way to draw by Nicolaides. I figured if I’m going to review the book that I should do all the exercises. Now that I look at how extensive that decision is I see that my review will not come out for months!

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Chris 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."