Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quick Sketch

Here is a handout that separates some of the elements of the quick sketch. I originally got a simpler version of this handout from Glenn Orbik. I've added my own process to this handout and hope it helps.

-In the beginning learning construction and relevant anatomy is very important. Most students start with gestures and short poses starting form 1 minute onto 10 or 20 minutes.

-The goal of the quick sketch isn't always to get in as much information as possible, it's about slowing down and showing the viewer enough information to make the pose read - it's also a practice in simple construction, shadow shapes, use of negative shapes ....... all the fundamentals of drawing applied to the figure - to create a simple but effective statement, and hopefully a beautiful or powerful drawing.

In the handout above all the elements of the Quick Sketch are listed.

** not all of them will apply to all poses. Here is a simple breakdown of the most common approach to a 2 or 3 minute pose.

1) Head Shape
2) Angle of shoulders
3) Angle of Pelvis
4) Long line or weighted foot
5) Construction of Forms

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