Hi, Thanks! Based on my experience good way to succeed at gesture drawings:
1. Start with theory, like Glenn Vilppu, Ryan Woodward, Michael Mattesi, Proko.
2. Then you're copying and repeating what you see in lessons. Slowly and mindfully.
3. Start with your own gestures based on acquired knowledge. Without timer, until you understand all conceptions.
4. You go to site, like quickposes, and start to draw 60sec gestures on daily basis. There just practice. You need it to achive almost mechanical skills. You see - you draw. See - draw. Except of things which you learned in previous steps, you need to keep in mind "line economy" conception.
5. When you become familiar with technical part you pick more dynamic and complicated references and start experiments with styles and tools in purposes of more pleasant look and more clear expression of motion. At this step you might to return to approach from Step 1-3 - dive into theory, no time restrictions, understand subject first.
And yeah, most important things: This is not figure drawing, nor constructive drawing. Feel the flow and motion. Think about what is figure doing. You're need to focusing on dynamic of structure instead of structure itself.
Gesture is more about mindset than skillset.Zipfelzeus:
Few thoughts about contrast: In real life white light is brighter than our white color in PS and black color (areas with no lighting ) is darker than default black color on screen, so tonal scale is shifting towards black part and the pure white is staying in reserve only for highlights. But balance of these things is another great topic and I'm new to this, so I still try to figure out this. Anyway, you're right - it's look strange, exactly like a sticker. So, in further works, I will try to pay more attention to clear description of form. Thank you.KennyT:
Yeah, contrast is really subjective thing, so I'm just keep experimenting with. Thank you.
Practice of portrait and head drawing from 2-12 june and few from 24-25 april: