February 20, 2007

Tuesday Gesture Class

Tuesday gesture class with Tom Gately is always a highlight of the week-- it's fun above all else, and it makes you push yourself. The instruction hovers around weight, balance, and clarity, and there is a strong emphasis on fun and a stronger one on storytelling. That's the point of drawing, really, and it's a wonder that there seems to be such a small appreciation for it in the other figure drawing classes I've been in.

Most simply, the process is to ask yourself what everything is doing, and then to make those things clear. Where is the weight, and how do we emphasize that? What is the focal point of the drawing and how do we strengthen that? Are we using perspective? Well then, let's use it! And similarly proportion, opposing angles, shapes... Use the model as a guide to progress from.

Whereas in past experience, structure has meant rendering planes, character has meant putting a hat on the model, and caricature has meant grotesque distortion, what Walt Stanchfield and Tom are asking you to do with gesture is think about what is happening and be imaginative with it; get to the essence of it. Take a point of view and draw something positive and appealing. Have fun and push it!

Find some of my colleagues' incredible sketches at these blogs:

James Robertson
Louis Gonzales
Alex Woo
Rob Thompson
Enrico Casarosa
Adrian Molina