Step 1: Spot your line of action. This is the backbone of your pose, and this should be the first line you draw!
Step 2: Break the image down into simple shapes
Step 3: Draw your gesture!

Any drawing you do should also start with a gesture. The aim of a gesture is not to be correct and perfect, but simply to get the message across. You’re after the essence of the pose, you’ve only got thirty seconds after all!

Pixelovely.com is a gesture drawing tool. It generates a random photo, displays it for thirty seconds (or longer if you wish), then generates another.
There’s also an option to use ‘class’ mode, where it warms you up with some quick gestures and then gradually moves onto longer poses.


If you spend ten minutes or so doing gestures each day, your art and poses will definitely improve c:

Someone on ZU was having trouble with their art looking stiff, so I gave them some tips on gesture drawing. Maybe it’ll help others too!

The stock image used belongs to M.J.Ranum, and is one of the photos on pixelovely c:

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