Gesture Drawing: Before and After Class
I've been trying to get into the habit of daily gesture drawings (to draw SOMETHING because I've been in a slump), and shortly after that the Intro to Gesture Drawing class appeared! I'm about halfway through the class and wanted to share some of my "before class" gestures vs. "mid-class" ones to show my improvement!
BEFORE, drawing gestures on my own:
AFTER applying techniques from the Gesture Drawing class:
The Before drawings are good but the After ones have much clearer emotion and feel more animated. I've never gotten into gesture drawing in the past, but this class showed me a new way to approach it, and I'm excited to make more drawings!
Are any of you taking the Intro to Gesture Drawing course?
@carriecopadraws I will now! You have some great action in the After examples.
ArtofAleksey last edited by
Ooo really good! I especially like how much cleaner the poses look. I imagine my gesture drawing game will also improve when i go to a digital medium. I asp think if i use a lightbox when i redraw the poses on top of the gestures it will look great! So many ideas.
@ArtofAleksey I actually prefer to sketch gestures by hand! It just feels more natural to me. I refine drawings on my tablet later.
I did clean these up by redrawing them on fresh paper using a lightpad (a thin lightbox, it was like $25 and it's awesome). I also scanned them and arranged them digitally.
ArtofAleksey last edited by
@carriecopadraws ohhh yes i see. I have a small lightbox too. But when i use it for too long my eyes hurt so i might adapt the jake parker method and just print the drawing out and ink over it
Eelwick last edited by
This are very cool!.. I haven't taken the class yet but I'll take a look at it. Did you use a reference for each pose or were these from imagination?
@carriecopadraws these are great! Those bottom ones seem so alive! I love it.
Frost Drive last edited by
Wow that's a lot of improvement!! and they're still pretty cartoony so that's really inspiring to me.
I started the course, but haven't drawn much, now I wanna do a deep dive and get this much expression in my own drawings. Thanks Carrie! ( •̀ ω •́ )✧
Rachel Horne last edited by
Wow, that's brilliant, you made a lot of progress. I haven't got around to properly starting the class now but seeing your work has re-motivated me!
@ArtofAleksey The nice thing about the newer lightpads is you can control how bright the light is! But the eye strain thing is still a concern, so I only use it for short bursts. Printing out the drawing and inking over it is another cool technique I've wanted to try.
@Eelwick I'm using reference! The class includes a big photo library of reference poses (you can use your own too), and each exercise has a PDF with a few specific poses for practice. I like how the class is broken down into bite-sized segments.
Jacy13 last edited by
Those are some great gestures! It looks like a lot of progress has been made. Awesome work
I can't wait to get to this class! It appears to be an amazing learning experience
korilynneillo last edited by
Wow these are incredible! I love the idea of doing a “pre-test” before a class, I might have to steal it (and take this class now!)
baileymvidler last edited by
I think the Gesture class may be next for me...
These look fantastic! They're so much more confident and clear than the "before" set. Well done!
UPDATE: Here's a batch of cleaned-up gestures from the last half of the Intro to Gesture Drawing class! The last exercises involve 2 characters interacting, something that's bound to come up in illustration.
I got so much out of this course. Instructors in other courses emphasized using keywords to guide your illustration, but it finally clicked in this class. "Naming the pose" has added emotion and action to my scribbles, and I love it!
BEFORE: I was basically making "still life" drawings of reference photos.
AFTER: My gestures feel alive!
@carriecopadraws these are great! Thanks so much for sharing, it's really inspiring.
Coley last edited by
@carriecopadraws amazing drawings! I’m doing this course now and it’s awesome
Neha Rawat last edited by
Wow! These are great! Definitely super expressive. Love the fluidity in the movements. Great work!