Figure Drawing Friday, January 11th 2019

figure drawing illustrations. Short poses.
5-10 Minute Pose Drawings.

Welcome back to Figure Drawing Friday. For this week’s post, I chose a page of illustrations drawn from short poses. These drawings are charcoal work on smooth newsprint. I prefer General’s 6B Charcoal Pencils.

During short poses, sometimes called gestures, it’s often taught to capture the motion or the essence of a figure. However, when I took the Henry Yan workshop I mentioned in the previous post, he instructed us to just focus on a part of the figure we found challenging. The rib cage illustrations you see pictured here are both five minute poses. The hands are between seven and ten minute drawings.

I found it very beneficial to just focus on an area of the figure or pose that challenged me. I still do this exercises when I have the opportunity to draw short poses. When I say short poses, I’m generally referring to poses between five and fifteen minutes in length.

When I refer to a gesture pose, it’s typically a one minute pose, and occasionally a two-minute pose.

In a future Figure Drawing Friday, I’ll post a page of one minute gestures.