244 pages | 84 Color Illus. | 98 B/W Illus.
This instructional drawing book is intended to guide the reader through a story-telling based approach to gesture drawing, utilizing different techniques and exercises that encourage and develop creative problem solving as it relates to observational studies. This book clearly outlines a work flow and process with a simple exercise program that encourages the artist to ask questions and create work that engages not only their audience but themselves. Rich illustrations are included throughout that depict this workflow and also different drawing and mark-making techniques, and how to apply the exercises throughout the course of the book. Included are video drawing tutorials and examples.
Introduction. Defining “Gesture” and the Importance of Visual Clarity. Looking for the “Big Idea”. “Tubes” (or “Noodles”): 2D. “Cylinders”: Beginning the Translation to 3D. Shape and Form. Return to the Silhouette. Shadow Shapes and Rendering. Acting and Style. Drapery, Costuming, Props. Experimentation in Mixed Media and How It Affects Visual Storytelling. Afterword. Recommended Readings. Glossary.