Practice Tools

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How to use these tools

These tools are ideally suited for gesture drawing practice.

Gesture drawings are works of art created in an extremely short amount of time, traditionally 30 seconds — and certainly no more than two mintues.

Why bother with drawing something in a time period so frustratingly short?

  • Gesture drawings are an excellent method of studying humans and animals in motion.
  • They can help artists better understand the exertions of muscles, the effects of twisting on the body, and the natural range of motion in the joints.
  • They help artists to place emphasis on movement, action, and direction, which can be overlooked during a long drawing.

Regular gesture drawing can be a fantastic way to increase your artistic skill. We recommend you start every day with at least five minutes of 30 second gesture drawings. Or, use it as a warm up to a longer work session. You will be amazed at the difference it makes.

Detailed Instructions

Beyond gesture drawing

There is an ever-growing wealth of tips in the Lessons & Tips session. You can also visit the forums to see what other self-taught artists are doing to hone their craft.