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In this course, digital artist Brian Lee will break down the fundamentals of gesture drawing into several foundational topics. You will learn the importance of refining gestures into lines of action and simple shapes, creating strong silhouettes, effectively using negative space, and projecting ideas from a pose rather than just structural anatomy. Finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with different gestures. By the end of this course you should be able to draw any gesture you want.

1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Hi, welcome to Dynamic Gesture Drawing. My name is Brian Lee and I'll be your instructor for this course. I'm a multimedia artist with an extensive background in fine arts as well as many forms of digital art. I produce and sell my own artistic creations including children's books, custom portraits of people and landscapes, and I also work as a freelance concept artist and map painter for feature films and television. In this course, I will focus on teaching you the fundamentals of gesture drawing, and how they can be applied to build life-like portraits and stylized characters of your own artistic creations. I'm hoping you will walk away from this course with a strong set of tools that you can use to draw pretty much anything. This includes how to break complex and dynamic objects into simple shapes. How to examine and build a human body to produce life-like drawings not exaggerate and transform your drawings into images that tell a story. At the end of the course, we will look at how to apply tone and color to get your gesture drawings ready for a professional profile of this. Finally, I hope you have fun at this course you learn a lot. For each lesson, there's an exercise at the end that I hope will help you practice what you learn along the way. And if you do have an extra questions along the way, feel free to send me an email Brianleearts@gmail.com or check out my website for more information about me, brianleearts.com. So thanks for joining me out, hope to see you in the course.

1.2 Tools of the Trade

I'm Brian Lee, and welcome to Dynamic Gesture Drawing. In this lesson, we will be going over the tools and workflows I recommend you use while following along this tutorial. The traditional workflow is one that you will commonly find in art school. Working traditionally is a lot of fun, and is great for portrait art and on-the-go gesture drawing. So, here's what you need to have to get started. An imagination, kind of cheesy but just drawing is not about perfectly mapping out the pose or object you see in front of you. It's about capturing the feeling, attitude, emotion of the person or object in front of you. To do so, it takes some imagination. What emotion do you wanna convey, what story do you wanna tell? So what do we use? Pencils is what I prefer, but feel free to use any form of drawing tool you like, charcoal, color pencils, chalk, just make sure it's something that lets you glide across the paper smoothly. I wouldn't recommend crayons or paint for this process. Also going to need some form of paper. I prefer a sketchbook. I really like sketchbooks because you can take them with you anywhere. However, if you like to draw big Which I do recommend for beginners. Go to your nearest art store and pick up a large paper pad and even a small easel. This is usually the standard set for many studio drawing classes and as the same type of setup you would need if you are planning eventually turning your gestures into traditional paintings. We're also going to need pictures, reference material,. People, plants or animals, especially those in action. As we will discuss further in the next lesson, gestures and everything. I will provide some reference images for you to use in the future lessons, but I encourage you to use your own pictures of things you find interesting. So that brings us to digital workflow. Working digitally is great. It allows you to be very organized and fast with your workflow. And one of my favorite things about it is there's no clean up afterwards. If you're planning on going pro with your art career I advice you to take the time to learn the digital drawing workflow. So here's what you need to get started. Again, you gonna the imagination. Just because there's little doesn't mean takes any less creativity and imagination to tell the story of the pose you're trying to capture, but instead of a pencil, we're gonna use a pen and a tablet. If you're going to go digital with gesture drawing, please don't use a mouse. It limits your motion and hurts your wrist. Instead invest in a standard Wacom or Bamboo tablet. The bigger, the better. When I began art school I knew I had to get into digital drawing. But for a while, I was scared to switch over, thinking I would waste too much time and I did it increased my productivity immensely. Trust me it's worth it should only take a few hours tops until you're drawing it as freely with a tablet as you would Be with a pencil and paper. So with a pen and tablet you're also gonna need a drawing software. So there are many on the market. I prefer Photoshop because that's what I learned on, but whatever works for you. There are many free applications out there too like Sketchpad and GIMP. And again, we're gonna need a picture reference of people and animals in action. Working digitally allows you to very easily create a workflow that will have you drawing gestures from any subject that interests you. A quick internet search will get you hundreds of reference poses to work from. In the next lesson, I'll be showing a quick digital workflow that I use for those interested and following along. For those planing to work traditionally good move on to the next lesson, Lines of Action. And thanks for joining me. See you in the next lesson.