Life Drawing - Dynamic Gestures

Gesture drawing is the starting place for any drawing. It is the first marks made from observing the life, energy and action of the pose; the putting-down of construction lines for building a strong drawing. By their nature, gesture drawings are quick, capturing the essence of the pose...

Taught by: Vanessa Luther-Smith.

Description

Gesture drawing is the starting place for any drawing. It is the first marks made from observing the life, energy and action of the pose; the putting-down of construction lines for building a strong drawing. By their nature, gesture drawings are quick, capturing the essence of the pose. Without good gesture drawing, we cannot continue to successful or convincing drawings.

You will learn to observe the pose using various techniques to make strong gesture drawings from short poses and from these, to continue on, to make longer pose drawings that represent the figure as a three-dimensional form in the space it occupies. Through demonstration, individual tuition and support, you will understand simple construction of the body, what the pose is about and how to draw it. A session may include a structured or experimental exercise to practise observation.

The length of the poses will vary and will be tailored to the needs of the class but generally, short poses are considered to be from between approximately 2mins to 10mins each; we may go shorter or longer!

Each session has a different model, either female or male; the poses are creative and dynamic, often spontaneous with energy and character. This keeps things engaging, interesting, challenging and hopefully, enjoyable.

Using soft pencils, charcoal or chinagraphs, your drawing will improve as your confidence grows. You will be encouraged to develop your own unique style within the context of exploring and experimenting with knowledge required to produce competent work. Whether you join the class for simple pleasure, or to compliment your professional work or educational coursework, Vanessa will support you to gain new skills and understand their relevance to your interests.

Topics covered

  • Using gesture drawing to represent the human figure as a 3D form
  • Observing and interpreting the life and vitality in the pose
  • Understanding simple body construction
  • Recognising shapes
  • Foreshortening
  • Proportion
  • Body landscape relationships
  • Use of line.

  • Outcomes
    You will leave this course with an understanding of how the body is constructed, how it moves and how to represent this, using a range of learnt techniques and new skills for observing and drawing the human form convincingly in a completed drawing

    Who should take this course

    This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing their life drawing skills for personal pleasure, professional development or educational coursework. It is suitable for anyone wishing to add life drawing to their portfolio (either professional or student).  The course is particularly relevant for individuals studying or working in these fields: animators; storyboard artists; theatre designers; fashion designers.

    Level
    All levels

    Entry requirements

    There are no pre-requisites for this course. Anyone can draw all that is needed is a willingness to take risks, experiment and be open to trying new things without judging what you produce.

     


    Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

    Tutor information

    Vanessa Luther-Smith is an Associate Lecturer teaching life drawing on the MA Character Animation course at Central Saint Martins. 

    She worked as an animator and animation artist for thirty years and has taught for many years. She’s taught life drawing at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication; The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as at her own local classes.



    Materials

    Please bring to the first session:
  • Soft pencils: 4B; 5B; 6B; 7B; 8B; 9B
  • Charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal pencils or chinagraphs
  • A newsprint and cartridge paper sketchbook (A2 or A3, or one of each).


  • Details for booking

    DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
    20/08/2018 - 24/08/2018Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket