In this blog I will discuss developing gesture to prevent the figure from becoming static. “Draw what the body is doing, not just the body” (Force, Mattesi). Several techniques were prioritised to visualize the movement of the figure. Discovering the s and c curves, looking for rhythm, and determining the weight bearing leg, needed to be established as the foundation of the drawing.
I learnt to imagine the structure below without blocking in the initial proportions and visualize the gesture of the pose. “Feeling the flow and letting the rhythm drive the eye through the figure” (Drawing Demo, Vilppu). A balance of rhythmic curves assisted in the perceived movement, flowing from one mass to connecting another. “Curved lines are more forceful than straights since they clearly show us directional and applied forces.” (Force, Mattesi)
When drawing the figure it is important to feel the weight of the body and a sense of how the body moves. Directional force applies onto the next directional force. (Force, Mattesi) Compositionally I believe these drawing succeeded, using the rule of thirds and a triangular arrangement. However several issues have not been resolved. The leg resting on the lower leg does not depict the force or weight of the limb. If I were to exaggerate the movement of the figure that curves over the hipbone, this would emphasize the core force.
Drawing is presenting ideas through line. Gesture, rhythm, force, and mass were explored throughout this process. These ideas could continuously be approved upon through the balance of motivation, thought and practice.
Glen Vilppu , Drawing Demo, 2013, Web, (youtube), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa_2rL1K1mg
Mike Mattesi, 2006, Force: Dynamic life drawing for animators, 2nd edn, Focal Press, Burlington, MA. (PDF Copy), https://books.google.com.au/books-id=GY77AwAAQBAJ&pg=PR5&lpg=PR5&dq=force+dynamic+life+drawing+for+animators+by+michael+d.+mattesi&source=bl&ots=-1soYtPzcH&sig=lBXScLDwAYM0vRk00CaxthjIz6I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CFgQ6AEwCWoVChMIyKuRzZ6JxgIVRRO8Ch1a-ADV#v=onepage&q=force%20dynamic%20life%20drawing%20for%20animators%20by%20michael%20d.%20mattesi&f=false