An effective gesture drawing not only records the necessities of the physical attributes of the model, but also embodies an essence of humanity. Establishing the weight, shape, movement and rhythm of the model’s pose provides a visual armature on which a drawing of the figure can be built. However, when the artist also achieves a certain intangible quality in his gesture drawing that evokes attitude, the drawing can even stand on its own. The thing about a gesture drawing of the human figure that is so intoxicating for the artist is that the flurry of charcoal dust or the tangled lines of graphite can coalesce into a palpable being.
Gesture drawing is also a basic discipline, a discipline that trains the eye, hand and mind to function as a coordinated unit. Gesture drawing is to an artist what playing scales are to a musician. The more an artist practices gesture drawing the more adept he becomes at anticipating how to lay down a mark for each facet of a pose. Therefore, more attention can be paid to the interpretation, or the attitude, that the artist wants to evoke.
So, a gesture drawing is not a collection of leisurely studied and exactly positioned body parts and details. It is a moment frozen. Practice is necessary; and the more an artist practices, the more they get in return. Lastly, an artist’s gesture drawings become as personalized as his signature; they are an extension of his psyche.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Since 1979, Ellen Soderquist has been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and a proponent of the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, Ellen Soderquist creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude human body. As a teacher of life drawing, she advocates that her students learn the role of the nude in the history of art and that they communicate their ideas about humanity through their work. As a lecturer and an author, she addresses the relevance of the nude in shaping the art of a culture and the importance of the nude as an art form.
Ellen Soderquist is represented by Level Gallery, 2722 Logan Street, Dallas, TX 75215
Papers (always work on the best paper that you can afford)
- drawing paper pad: 18” x 24” (25 - 50 sheets)
- other papers that you have prepared / pads of paper: 18" x 24" or smaller
- sketch book, any size
- kneaded / artgum / Factis black eraser / Tuff Stuff eraser stick
- Chamois - get a large one @ Target or an auto supply store & cut into 6" squares
- pencils: wood or automatic in a range from 2 H to 8 B
- ballpoint pens
- compressed charcoal: 1 stick
jumbo vine charcoal: 2 sticks
- small vine charcoal: 2 sticks
- Conte Crayons, at least 1 of each: Sanquine Sepia White Gray Black
- pastels: 1 stick white & an assortment of your choice of colors ETC.
- bulldog Clips: 2 large size
- sandpaper block & sharpener / knife
- an easel, must be sturdy