How to Draw Gesture

How to Draw Gesture


Hey there, I’m Stan Prokopenko, thanks for
watching Proko. This is the first video of the figure drawing series. And it’s probably
one of the most important. In this lesson I’ll be covering “gesture” What the butt-munch is gesture anyway? Gesture,
rhythm, motion, action, flow – these are all words that are used interchangeably and they
basically mean the same thing. They all refer to the movement between things.
It’s not the contour, or the form, or the tone. It’s the movement that connects the
contours, the forms and the tones. For example if you have 3 balls, the gesture here would
be a c curve that describes the relationship of these balls. This would be the contour,
but this is the gesture. It’s simple to understand, but difficult to put into practice when you’re
actually drawing a human figure. We’re so tempted to draw the details of the anatomy
and all the little bumps of the contour because we think that detail will make our drawing
look better. But the reality is, the detail is nothing without the gesture. You might
accidentally find some gesture while you’re copying the contours, but I don’t like to
rely on accidents. A better approach would be to practice finding
the gesture of the figure so many times that it becomes second nature. Quicksketch is a
common exercise in art school that involves drawing the model from life within a few minutes.
A typical quicksketch session lasts 2-3 hours with poses ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes
per pose. Gesture is the primary concern. Doing this exercise will train you to see
the gesture immediately. You can feel it. Then you will be able to design the details
to complement the gesture instead of copying details randomly. Your journey of mastering quicksketch will
be a long but exciting one. There’s a lot to learn and every time you learn something
new your sketches will show improvement. During a normal session you’ll finish anywhere from
25 to 100 drawings. Think about that… You’re drawing the human figure up to 100 times within
a few hours. If you do this on a regular basis, you’re going to get better.. The best thing
about it, is it’s actually fun, if you don’t stress over it… In this video I’ll go over
all concepts you need to know for a successful quicketch drawing that focuses completely
on gesture. In future videos I’ll build on to that and introduce additional concepts
all of which come together. And in the end, with enough practice you can use all these
concepts to produce a completed quicksketch drawing in 5-10 minutes. So basically gesture is in everything around
us. It’s an approach to drawing that you can use to draw anything. Use gesture to tell a story by capturing the
body language. We use our whole body, not just words to communicate ideas and emotions.
This is what the gesture should capture. What is the person doing? What is he feeling? What
did he just do? Or what is he going to do? This can be told through just a few lines,
which the viewer will recognize as the body and can identify the emotions that person
is feeling just like we can intuitively identify emotions of the people around us. It’s a good
idea to exaggerate the pose to tell a better. As you become more skilled in exaggerating,
you will also improve in capturing the subtleties. You’re probably thinking, stan, is this another
April fools joke? Are you drawing another stick figure? no.. Don’t think of it as a
stick figure. Because that could make your drawing stiff.. They’re not sticks. They’re
not straight lines. They’re action lines. Observe the pose and analyze the movement.
It’s more about how it feels, rather than how it looks. Later, we will add more structure to these
drawings to make the figures feel more solid and real. So, for those of you who don’t find
this inspiring and are thinking “I don’t want my people to look like spaghetti” remember
that this is not meant to be a finished drawing. It’s a exercise to practice a concept. You’re
training your mind to see rhythm in everything you draw. You’re training your mind to consider
more than just the contours when you’re drawing shapes. It’s an important concept that needs
to be intuitive. In all these drawings that you’re seeing now the element of gesture was
applied to the anatomy to make the figure dynamic. Let’s go over some important concepts to remember
while practicing your gesture drawings. Longest axis When you look at a form and try to find the
gesture, look at its longest axis. Going down the length of the torso, down the length of
the leg, down the length of the arm.. It’s in the longest axis of each form where you’ll
find the fluid motion from one form to the next. CSI To eliminate the unnecessary information in
the contours and to capture that gesture the lines you use should be simple. Don’t use
anything more complicated than a c curve, s curve, or straight. You can use combinations of these curves as
you move down the figure, but attempt to do it in as few lines as possible using the simplest
lines, C S or I. Line of Action The gesture should be drawn with as few lines
as possible necessary to capture the idea. Start by finding the longest action line of
the body. Try to find a curve that could connect the head to the toes. Not all poses can be
efficiently described with one long line that connect the head to the toes, but there is
always one main line that shows the directional flow of the pose. This is called the “Line
of Action”. In this pose the line of action would be a c curve showing the major flow
from the torso to the legs. But this doesnt tell the whole story, so this pose would need
to be broken up into more parts. I think this sharp turn in the hips is important, so describing
it with a soft curve isn’t right. In this case, I would use a combination of a c curve
for the torso, and s curves for the legs. Relaxed and tense curves The “bendiness” of the curve you use changes
how the gesture feels. A longer, fluid curve feels relaxed and moves the eye quickly through
that flow. As you start to bend the curve more, you show more energy and more tension
in the gesture. Eventually, when it’s bent far enough you can use a zig zag. A zig zag
indicates tension, sharp corners, very sudden changes in the movement. Nature presents this very well with water.
When the water is calm the waves flow in an S curve rhythm. During a storm, when there’s
more energy in the water, the waves flow in a zig zag pattern. So, when you want to create tension, think
zig zag. When you want to show something is relaxed, use a flowing curve. Asymmetry of the body Consider the asymmetrical aspect of the body
from the side. The forms alternate in angle from head, ribcage, pelvis, upper leg and
lower leg. This causes alternating c curves that lead
the eye through the body. Like a river flowing through a stream… The tendency for us is to make things, but
this stiffens the gesture and makes the figure look like a snowman Next week I’ll show some examples of gesture
quick sketches and guide you step by step through the process. But, I suggest you attempt
to practice these concepts on your own before watching the step by step video next week.
You’ll have an idea of what it’s like and will be able to pull more information from
it because you know what to look for. You’ll have questions you can focus on, and you can
compare what you did with what I do. If you need reference photos, I have some posefile
sets you can get at proko.com/poses. If you want to see a more detailed explanation
and plenty of examples.. oh cmon! Really?! if you want to see a more detailed explanation,
plenty of examples and more premium videos check out proko.com/figure. For every free
video that I post during this figure series, I’m posting additional premium content on
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100 thoughts on “How to Draw Gesture

  1. This is an easy concept. Just watching videos of disney animators…animating is enough. Idk why amateurs dont just watch professionals draw instead of trying to figure things out by themselves.

  2. You can find my examples on how to draw gestures in this step by step video – https://youtu.be/8j39NqwL7s4

  3. 최근에 프로코님 동영상을 접하면서 재미있게 보고 있습니다. 좋은 동영상 감사합니다.

  4. I don't understand clearly what is the difference between "the longest axis" and "the line of action"…is it not the same?

  5. "what the butt munch is gester anyway…"
    thats what i was thinking when i first watched this video

  6. Is it just me or does the censor bars make her more erotic than without? I don't feel anything.. well- without them.

  7. The best thing about it is that it's actually fun… if you don't stress over it~
    (Can be applied out if context)

  8. I respect you very much for showing the beginners the basic point in drawing human figures. I am just sixteen years old, I'm studying human figure too, and your lessons are very helpful to me. You've got incredible pedagogical talent, so thank you and good luck!

  9. Thank you so much Proko.. I have only seen a handful of your videos and within an hour of sketching figures using your methods, I have gone from disproportionate robots, to free flowing abstract figures with a story to tell. Love your work and love you for giving me what I needed to pull me out of my artist block

  10. you're a really great channel. you explain things simply with lots of examples, you break things down so they're easy to understand, and you don't put pressure on certain subjects like "you have to draw this way or you wont be successful". very great channel and videos

  11. Tips, how on how to know that you've made a correct gesture. Look at it, if you don't feel high. Then the gesture is false

  12. I tried this out and filmed it! Its kind of tricky but really fun to try!! See my attempts : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gErI-zxagRU&feature=youtu.be

  13. There is 2 most important things in the universe which young artist should check out – Andrew Loomis Fun with the pencil book and this video. After many years I stiil come back to refresh my understanding of gesture (yeah it take so long because I am a lazy ass).

  14. Earlier this year I started watching these and downloaded your homework pack to go through. I no longer have that computer or the files now. I was wondering where they are? I can't seem to find them in the descriptions anymore.

  15. “The best thing about it, is that you get to have fun! If you don’t stress over it!”

    Me: Guess I’m never signing up for art school, then.

  16. One thing I like about your channel is that no people are spamming like "OMG YOUR SKETCHES LOOK BETTER THAN ALL OF MY DRAWINGS! I CAN'T EVEN DRAW A DOT!"
    Seriously every other art channel's comment section we have this type of comment.

  17. After a few months of practice, damn it feels so good to get those smooth curves down on paper.
    Here are some tips that I find helpful during my practice and research.
    1) You can use contours as a way to draw gesture (just don't copy the whole contour, only 1 or 2 strokes to determine the basic volume of the subject)
    2) Use shapes to your advantage, gesture doesn't have to be curvy all the time, it can be angular and straight. Use acute and obtuse angles and zig-zag lines.
    3) Use the overhand grip, I find myself using tapered lines or the change of thickness of the lines to determine gesture, why not?
    4) Be loose, draw bunch of curves, ovals, angular lines, shade, use your pencil freely to warm up.

  18. i just open that figure things.

    and my mom think that i just looking some fuckin porn.

    it’s kinda embarassing and funny at the same time

  19. serio que você usa uma modelo nua?eu lhe apresento os modelos 3D!!!ok pode ser que a modelo essa especificamente não se em porte mas não é melhor usar os modelos 3D,alias que merda de poses são essas,tipo por que?seu seu "tutorial"é uma merda e falha

  20. I swear you're my favourite teacher when it comes to drawing. Your videos regarding human body and its anatomy helped me a lot 😄

  21. hey Proko not sure if you read comments on old videos. But I absoleutly loved watching your pannel at comic con and encuraged me to take a life drawing class at my college and having fun with it. Thanks so much for havng these videos up for free so i can use as refrence for homework. your the best. hope to bump into u next years comic con. 🙂

  22. is this meant for people who are brand new at drawing and haven´t even drawn a person yet or for people who have been drawing for a while? cause i´m of the former…

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