I am getting ready to teach a gesture drawing workshop for the Central Pennsylvania Art Alliance in October. This is one of my posters useful in talking to a class about the concepts involved.
Gesture is the Tai Chi of Drawing –
Sensing the energy in the scene and incorporating that movement, emotion, vibrance to a piece of art that contour or geometric drawing techniques can never do. I love to begin a drawing using a smudged gesture drawing and then build the remainder on that sculptural form, giving the piece so much liveliness. Smudging first takes away that awful blank page fear, too. Try it; you’ll like it.