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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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Chapter TwoGESTURE

In the last chapter, we explored drawing solely through observation. Maybe you’re thinking, “How can I do anything else but draw what I see?” but if you want to be able to draw people on the street who don’t stay still long enough for you to record their exact contours, you’ll need another tool in your toolbox.

Gesture is the first step in creating drawings from your imagination. Or maybe I should say re-creating because you are attempting to translate what you saw in a moment into a drawing that may take several minutes to develop.

In public settings, subjects rarely stay still for very long. They are constantly gesturing or shifting their weight. If they are doing something very active like playing basketball or even just ...

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