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Gesture Drawings--Yoga Steve by WingedIllusion Gesture Drawings--Yoga Steve by WingedIllusion
I know they say that gesture drawings belong in scraps, but in some cases I think gesture drawings can stand alone as a piece of work. It's not always just a "doodle".

Anyway, this series of quick gestures drawings was done in my Life Drawing II course. Our models are almost always female (in my LDII course, we actually had the same female model the vast majority of the semester), so it was a nice change having a male model...who wasn't 80 years old...

And yes, I've had to draw the old guy (his name is Chester, lol). He's a good model but he makes me nervous because he stares back... *o.0

This model is this middle-age-ish guy apparently known by the upperclassmen art majors as "Yoga Steve." He's hilarious to draw from because when he transitions from one pose to another he makes these grand, swooping movements. Even his still poses are really dramatic. It's like watching Kabuki Theater...naked Kabuki Theater...

OH yeah, and during the breaks he secludes himself in the corner and stands on his head. THANK GOD he wears shorts when he does that. lol.

One more thing (sorry!). This is actually a photo of the image (it's too big to scan) so it is a little blurry...

Done with an ink pen on newsprint
1-5 minutes per figure (I forget how long it was exactly)
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mhanavan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
love the story along with the drawing...funny. Keep up the good work
ArtLife1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You are sooo goood :) Im jealous... Check my stuff out?
TalentIZhard2FiND Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you!
Kevin-F Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Oh and really good gestures by the way, i suck at life drawing so far, at least the quick 1 or 2 minute gestures, i need at least 5 minutes for a somewhat decent drawing.
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Well I'm a bit late on the reply (sorry!) but I appreciate the comments! You know, I'm actually a bit surprised that my first class drawing from a live nude model wasn't all that awkward. I mean, I didn't have a problem with it, but I expected to see at least a couple of people blushing :P

Ah yes, the 1-2 minute gestures. They're difficult for a lot of people because they demand a different thought process than many of us are used to--They're more about capturing the essence of movement, torsion and tension, and not the form/outlines. It can be tricky to get at first, but once it "clicks" in your head they can be a lot of fun. Especially the 30-second ones :)

Thanks again for the comments!
Kevin-F Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Haha, i just started a life drawing class. Its my first time taking it, so it's a little bit awkward. We have a different model every time but some of them really do look back at you, and it is soooo weird.

Yoga Steve sounds freaking awesome though, i would love for the models to be really out there, it would make it less awkward for everybody i think. I had a guy once that used some props, one was a toy gun that he pushed a button on every so often and it would make a silly sound, haha, it was funny.
Darkdesyre Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Featured your gesture here~ [link]
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Oh my, thank you so much! :)
Babikaaa Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Thank you ^_^
Bellevue-DarkKnight Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
cool poses
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Yeah Yoga Steve is one insanely expressive model. lol.
Maceo-x- Featured By Owner May 13, 2006   Writer
haha our life model stares back. It's the most disconcerting thing ever, even more so if they can see what you've drawn.
This is good. The weight and proportions are all good.
WingedIllusion Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Yeah you know, it's funny...these models are given a set of rules before they come in (like avoiding eye contact), and yet the models I've drawn from the most always break these rules (and not in a good way). The really old guy, Chester, he's the one who'll stare at you with this really intense gaze. It's so ncomfortable that you have to avert your gaze, which obviously defeats the purpose of drawing from a model in the first place.

Then this other female model...she can't stop talking. She'll like regale us with her sordid tales from the bar scene and ask if we've watched the latest episode of whatever show while posing. We're all used to it by now, but in the beginning everyone was like "You're not supposed to talk! You're supposed to just stand there and be naked!"

Thanks for the comment!
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May 12, 2006
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot A520
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
8 mm
Date Taken
May 12, 2006, 4:52:39 AM