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How Gesture Drawing Can Make You More Creative

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Manci Zeelgal


Gesture drawing could be a very helpful thing for a lot of artists. A frequent problem that we artists have is over thinking a sketch. I'm sure you've had the experience before. (source:howtodrawpeoplefaces.org/how-to-draw-a-realistic-face-step-by-step/ & visit this website)

You simply get frozen before the empty canvas or paper and do not know how to begin. You agonize over every stroke and the whole process very frustrating instead of fun.

This is the artistic writer's block and the reason you (and so many other artists) suffer from it is simple: you're attempting to draw AND edit yourself simultaneously.

By attempting to critic yourself as you draw, you are actually trying to use two opposite areas of the brain.

It is the you trying to walk backward and forward ; the result is paralysis and you find yourself going no where.

Just how can you solve this frustrating problem? One efficient way is by using an exercise that I called, "The Sixty Second Sketch." The way it work is you pick out a photo of a figure which you want to draw and after that draw it in 60 seconds. After 60 seconds, you HAVE to stop.

, you're not going to be able to do a very complete drawing in that short of a time, but that's the whole idea. This exercise let go of any self-editing tendency and permit your creativity and energy to flow through.

, you start to see the picture as a whole and stop worrying about the little details. This, by the way, is the key to adding life and emotion to your drawings.

Here are a few tips to pay attention to when doing this exercise:

-At all times keep your hands moving. Slowing down only give you time to second guess yourself. (I like to act like I just drank a gallon of Red Bull and that my hand is possessed by some artistic demon)

-Make long broad strokes. This means you gesture drawing not with just your wrist, but also your arm. It could help to use a larger sheet of paper.

-Warm up by doodling or drawing long vertical and horizontal lines across a sheet of scratch paper. Just the act of drawing will get make this exercise a lot easier.

Just practice this exercise at least one time and you will see good results. (For more information on how to draw an eye in pencil.) By following theses tips, you'll help improve your drawing portraits skills.




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