Thursday, September 19, 2013
Goal: (1.1) Visual art has inherent characteristics and expressive features
- Duplication Exercise Warm-up
- Gesture Drawings (4) 30 seconds, (4) 1 minute, (4) 3 minutes, (2) 5 minutes
The Art Model’s Handbook describes gesture drawing thusly:
“The primary purpose of gesture drawing is to facilitate the study of the human figure in motion. This exploration of action is helpful for the artist to better understand the exertions of muscles, the effects of twisting on the body, and the natural range of motion in the joints.
The practice allows an artist to draw strenuous or spontaneous poses that cannot be held by the model long enough for an elaborate study, and reinforces the importance of movement, action, and direction, which can be overlooked during a long drawing. Thus, an approach is encouraged which notes basic lines of rhythm within the figure. The rapidity of execution suggests an aesthetic which is most concerned with the essence of the pose, and an economy of means in its representation, rather than a careful study of modeling of light on the form.
For some artists, there is a calisthenic logic: just as an athlete warms up before exercising or participating in sports, artists use gesture drawing to prepare themselves mentally and physically for a figure drawing session. The fast pace of gesture poses help an artist “loosen up” to avoid a stiff drawing style.”
With that said, here are some examples (including subjects beyond a posed figure)
Goal: Colorado State Standard (3.1) Demonstrate competency in traditional and new art media, and apply appropriate and available technology for the expression of ideas
Photograph shapes, reflections, light and pattern along Midland Avenue in Basalt, paying particular attention to the shapes you select in the frame and the quality of light on the subject.
Avoid being far away or showing a whole building. Always shoot with natural light. Never use flash in this class… get in close, fill the frame.