Attezarf wrote:The whole idea behind Gestural Drawing, is to capture the essence of the Pose.. Without getting too bogged-down with the accompanying detail & polish. All of that, can happen later on..
When I draw using a live model, I intentionally draw very quickly. This allows me to practice looking for the essential attributes that make up the essence of a pose rather than worry about all the details.
I personally either use an overhand grip with a pencil or I use a pen (doesn't matter what kind). An overhand grip allows you to more freely make broad, swooping strokes, which helps with the fluidity of a gesture. Using a pen, it's best to work quickly and efficiently because you can't erase and the more lines you lay down, the more muddled your drawing becomes. Therefore, with pen, you're "forced" to draw only what is needed. I also do not "draw," but rather I "sketch-scribble" (I can't think of another way to describe it), which ensures that I stay loose while figuring out the gesture.
Generally, when doing a gesture drawing, I may start with the bodyline, the line that tells me how the pose flows from head to toe. Sometimes, I'll even draw in the line of balance (but not often enough). Then I'll work on the head's position and the gesture lines of the shoulders, hips, and limbs. When start to define the form, I concentrate on the shapes of the shadows, rather than trying to capture all the detail of the figure that usually translate into linework. By using the shadows, I can give body to my gesture and get a good sense of muscle placement. I also add any linework that I think will help me to better define the form. I do this all while working quickly (and using shadows helps facilitate quick work). Again, working quickly helps me to quickly identify what I need to include in my gesture drawing.
I try to "finish" a gesture drawing in a few minutes.
That's just how I do it, and it works for me. I've seen my impromptu figure drawing skills getter better the more I practice this method of gesture drawing. It'd be easier, of course, to show you what I do rather than try to explain it, but I hope this is helpful in some way.