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The Fundamentals of Gesture Drawing with Sheldon Borenstein

The Fundamentals of Gesture Drawing
Basics of Drawing the Figure Learn the power of gesture drawing

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Sheldon Borenstein
Human Figure
Charcoal, Pastel Pencil
1h 27m 5s

In this lesson, instructor Sheldon Borenstein will teach you the fundamentals of gesture drawing, an aspect of figure drawing that tells stories and gives the body rhythm. Sheldon will demonstrate the weight, balance, and proportion of standing figures. You will learn how mark-making can aid in the readability of your gesture drawings.

This lesson belongs to the course Introduction to the Figure. In this 4-week course, Sheldon Borenstein will teach you all the fundamentals of figure drawing. With his 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and teaching, Sheldon will show you how to draw the figure with rhythm and structure. This course will teach you two important aspects of figure drawing: gesture and construction. Through these two principles, you will be able to tell a story with the figure and give it believable forms.

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

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