I finally moved on to Nicolaides’ version of gesture drawing from The Natural Way to Draw today — and I really enjoyed it. It’s much more energetic than I’m used to drawing gestures, and I feel like I managed to make some really good marks on the page, even though they’re a bit messy compared to what I usually do.

Just being able to let the gesture flow out of my arm based on what I was “feeling” in the gesture was an incredibly interesting exercise.

I also started a new graphite piece, but didn’t make enough progress on it to post anything worthwhile.

Duration: 1h15m

Medium: Graphite (Not Pictured), Cretacolor on Newsprint

What went well?
I actually had a lot of FUN with my gestures today. They weren’t just “reps” and I feel like something “clicked” when I did these gestures. Something about the study of Mattesi’s FORCE book along with this new exercise seemed to be very synergistic. I like it.

What didn’t go so well and what can I learn from that?
I wish I had more time to draw today. I was going to start working on a still life demonstration, but can’t find a piece of my camera, and I also had a ton of copywriting to do. Fun times. This week has turned into a bit of a juggling exercise that I wasn’t expecting it to be. Time to clear the table again.

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