Thursday, 29 November 2007
Sketchbook: gesture drawings
The past couple of weeks have been manic. I'm pulling long hours at work and generally, juggling several projects all in crunch-time. So much for delivering on the promise of daily posts. Still, at least today's post keeps the blog updating to a weekly occurance...just.
Not having the proper time to dedicate to life drawing (gutted), lately I've been doing little studies at any opportunity I can squeeze them in. These gesture drawings were done while waiting for the tube in rush hour. I kind of pick out a person and just draw them as fast as I can (10 - 30 seconds) without much thought - just trying to capture the essence of the pose.
Along with speed I'm also trying for economy in line. Using a pen and being in a hectic atmosphere helps with this, because laboring over a drawing is just not appropriate use of the situation.
The pen forces me to commit to a line a bit more and not search as much as I do with pencil strokes when sketching. Right or wrong, when drawing this quick I have no option but to follow my instincts and trust my first response to what I'm looking at.
Ironically, these drawings look more like real people than the pencil studies I've spent entire evenings on!