Before we become preoccupied with Anatomy and Structure, students must learn to grasp the figure in terms of a continuum of pure energy, what I call in analogy to physics its “wave function” or line of action.
Allowing ourselves to use a bit of watercolor for these short poses, we can quickly sketch out not only the gesture but also the sense of mass or energy associated with the figure.
To be sure, in a drawing everything happens “at once” so that anatomy and structure are already implicated in the initial phases of the design. Read More
Nevertheless, before the breakdown of forms and planes, before the analysis of structure and its biomechanical design, students must first learn to grasp the continuity and flow of the figure, its dynamic and concrete unity in a moment of time, as a substantial being in existence which is already alive.
Hands and Feet in Action
Finally, hands and feet must be addressed in the initial stage of gesture drawing. Read More
It becomes self-evident that the actions of hands and feet are largely determined by their structural elements. Perhaps more than elsewhere it is clear that anatomy and structure already play an essential part in the work of gesture drawing.