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2.7 Exaggeration

Gesture drawing is more about summarizing the emotion of a subject than it is about mapping out exact coordinates of what you see in front of you. This allows you to experiment and exaggerate different lines of certain key areas of a drawing to communicate the story of the pose more effectively.

2.7 Exaggeration

Hi, my name is Brian Lee welcome back to Dynamic Gesture Drawing. In this lesson we will talk about how to exaggerate a pose. Hopefully by this point in the course you're getting pretty good at capturing the movement and emotion of what you see and translating it on to the paper or screen. But what if the emotion of what you see in front of you doesn't tell the whole story you are trying to convey. In this lesson we'll take it one step further. And really start to learn how to design a pose to tell more of the story that we want to tell. How to exaggerate a pose. For a long time I would go to a drawing class and wonder, okay, but I want to make my own stores and I didn't understand how drawing this stiff, non-action pose in front of me could do that. After a while I found out that I can manipulate the drawings with some minor tweaks to begin making the pose work for me. For example, take a look at this very regular pose. At first glance it's hard to see how it can tell a story of any kind. Let alone one that is action packed and interesting. So let's see how we can manipulate this pose to make it work for the story I wanna tell. How can we push it just a little further to be more interesting? We can see that just simply by lifting the arms up, putting a bow in the hands, and kind of redefining the center line of the body, making a little bit more off balanced on one foot. You can really give this guy a lot of action. So let's see another example Bring in the torso just a bit, make the chest nice and big. Make the legs just a bit more muscular and put a pair of tights on him. Drop the arms down in a hero gesture, and we've gotta have the cape. Of course the mask, and here we have Goatee Man! [LAUGH] So you can see how some quick minor tweaks can really make a boring pose into a really fun pose. So let's take a look at another pose that's basically at rest. Just with a few tweaks we can really exaggerate it and make it more fun. And we can keep going with it. And you can see that just by locking that leg. We can rotate the rest of the body around it. And based on our study from previous lessons, we should now know how to rotate the body as we wish, using simplifying methods, and just understanding action lines around the arms and the legs. If not, don't worry. Just keep practicing, go over the previous lessons again. Gesture drawing is all about repetition, the more you practice the better you are going to get. So for homework I want you to transfer 5 at rest poses into action poses. Challenge yourself to find the most boring stiff poses possible. After drawing their gesture, you can then manipulate them to be fun and exciting or to tell a funny story. In the next lesson we'll really start to have fun, as we learn how to transfer human gesture into a bear's gesture and dive into gesture transformation. So thanks for joining me and I'll see you in the next lesson.

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