@Susan-Marks said in Let's do How to Draw Gesture together (nudity):
@Coley @SketchyArtish thanks for the feedback and encouragement.
So exactly what is a flowing line? One with a curve? Should I “always” start with a curve? I ask with humility.
Usually. Look for the main line of action, which will depend on the view. On the back it's the spine. On the front it kind of goes through the sternum and belly button, to the crotch. Sometimes in a profile you have to just pick one of those two. The main line sometimes continues through the legs or arms. If it's not a completely stiff pose, it should have some curvature and flow. If it doesn't it's probably not a good pose to be studying for gesture, because we want movement. You were actually seeing the lines pretty well, it just looked like you lost confidence after those first couple. Drawing the nice smooth lines means you're "feeling it".
I'm certainly no expert, but LOA and figure drawing are something I've dedicated some time to. As Stan says in the video: there's no one right way to do these. Sometimes your line of action may differ from mine. Just keep practicing and try not to overthink. Those lines will come naturally with time.
I was just about to upload my session for today when I saw this. I'll take a moment to highlight the line of action from each pose before I put it up. Note that the arms, legs, and other twists and turns may have their own, separate, line of action too. I'm just noting the primary one in these drawings.
Here's a good article from the LOA site on finding the lines.