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Gesture Sketches


I often do gesture studies as a quick way to warm up. I like using ballpoint pens (good ol' blue ink) to roughly lay in the figure. Ballpoint has the advantage that it doesn't allow you to get fussy, a good thing to avoid in quick gestures. In fact, my general approach to thumbnails and layouts are not that different then how I approach gestures. The main difference between the two is that, for thumbnails, I don't usually add black ink to them. For gestures, adding a bit of black ink really brings 'em alive. In the ones below, I was using a Pilot brush pen. Quick and clean.

Each gesture took about five minutes, including inking with the brush pen. They're all small, just done on letter-sized paper. These aren't technically life-drawings; I was working from photos or from my imagination rather than a real human being. But they're fun and a nice way to loosen up!

Five minute gesture sketches in ballpoint and brush ink by Von Allan

Five minute gesture sketches in ballpoint and brush ink by Von Allan

Five minute gesture sketches in ballpoint and brush ink by Von Allan

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