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:
February 05, 2007
The QM2 came into town yesterday, and D&J and I were among the thousands standing on the shore to watch it sail beneath the Golden Gate. Apparently they had to wait until low tide to squeeze it through--missing the bridge by about 27 feet--that's how big this thing is. There seemed to be something old about the whole affair, which I thought was nice. I like that kind of thing, i guess.
You need to check out the QM2 website, and the San Francisco Gate's photographs of the ship's arrival; they're really incredible. Click the photo below.