Introduction to Gesture and Figure Drawing

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    New Masters AcademyNew Masters Academy
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    In this lesson, you will learn how to use rhythm and gesture to create a sense of movement and character within your figure drawings. Instructor Bill Perkins will teach you how to find the rhythms within the forms and contour of the figure. He also shows you how to apply chiaroscuro in designing your artwork.

    This lesson belongs to the course The Beginner’s Guide to Drawing. It is a 12-week course designed to empower new students with a structured approach for learning how to draw. Join instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefski, Bill Perkins, and Mark Westermoe as you learn the fundamentals of perspective, rendering, and composition. After completing this course, you will develop a solid foundation in drawing.

    Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

    Ingrid Van Wauwe
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    Introduction to the figure

    Andrea Lo Rillo
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    I’m having a problem with chiaroscuro.

    The exercise asks you to draw a figure every 5 minutes but I take much longer to complete it. Am I doing something wrong?

    Daniel DaigleDaniel Daigle
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    Hi Andrea, the point is to not get lost in the details. if it takes you longer than 5 minutes to only do what what is being asked in the course, then you can take more time. but if you are over rendering and obsessing over details then you should try to limit yourself

    I think the idea is to get the general impression, not a finished or complete drawing, I think you only need to get the idea out

    I hope this helps

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    This has been difficult, interesting, and challenging!  But I am feeling better about the basics in figure drawing.  I still tend to get hung up on going for details, but will keep working on the axis lines, rhythm, and form.

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