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Figure Drawing with Virtual Models: Getting the Most Out of Poser® Figure Artist™ by Les Pardew

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Gesture Drawing

One of the most important aspects of learning to draw the figure is getting the feeling of life and action in your drawings, as shown in Figure 2.10. This is often referred to as capturing a gesture or gesture drawing.

Figure 2.10. The skeleton can show action.

Gesture drawing is the foundation of good figure drawing. A gesture drawing is a quick drawing of the figure focusing on just the figure’s action. It doesn’t need to be accurate, but it does need to get the feeling of life and movement that is inherent in any figure.

The first step in doing a gesture drawing is to establish the action line of the figure. The action line ...

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