This beginner's gesture drawing workshop will help you explore the human form. Without focusing too much on technical anatomy, you'll learn how to make logical assumptions about how the human body works to draw clear, streamlined, and appealing gestures.
Why study gesture drawing at CG Spectrum:
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Whether you're a beginner looking to build foundational art skills, a hobbyist wanting to harness your creative side, or an artist exploring different career paths, our expert-led workshops help equip you with essential and industry-relevant skills
This workshop consists of 10+ hours of self-guided study content and two live, one-hour mentor-led sessions. Starting with flow and the lines of action, learn how to make poses feel dynamic but grounded. Explore graphic shapes using silhouettes and negative space and discover centrelines, proportion, and direction along with compression and extension.
Develop an understanding of what gesture drawings are and how to create them
Learn how to use basic shapes to represent forms
Understand how to work with the flow of action even in a still pose
Learn how to combine separate parts of anatomy into a single strong pose
Understand how to simplify drawings without losing the important elements needed to convey and communicate
Although for beginners, this workshop does require you to have basic drawing skills. If you can confidently answer yes to the following questions, you most likely have basic drawing skills:
If you're concerned your drawing abilities are not up to scratch, consider taking the Drawing Basics workshop first; it's perfect for people with no prior experience.
You will also need basic computer literacy and know how to navigate drawing software (see software & hardware requirements for more details).
You will need to download and install a drawing software of your choice.
There are several free trials available to download that will cover the duration of the course. These include Photoshop, Clip Studio, and Affinity Photo.Some more details and download links:
Photoshop: 7-day free trial available download here
Clip Studio: 3-month free trial download here
Affinity Photo: 30-day free trial download here
Another cheap option is Procreate (iPad only) - $12.99 (USD) one-time fee download here
You will need a computer or stylus-based drawing device (such as a Wacom, Huion, XP Pen, or iPad) that meets the minimum requirements for the software you decide to use.
The workshop runs for 2 consecutive weeks, starting on your chosen intake date.
Before your mentor-led session, we advise you to go through your coursework and do the required exercises so you can ask relevant questions and your mentor can provide feedback on your work.
To make the most out of the workshop, we recommend you dedicate 10-20 hours per week (over two weeks) to cover your readings, tasks, live sessions, and practice.
The more time you commit to your studies, the better you'll get!
This largely depends on you and how much time and practice you dedicate to your craft!
Not everyone will be ready to take the leap to our more challenging courses straight after taking this workshop. If you feel you still have room for improvement, check out our Human Head Anatomy Basics 2-week workshops to continue building your drawing confidence and skills.
Near the end of your workshop, ask your mentor how they think you're going and what steps you need to take to be ready to take on more in-depth study.
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