Gesture Drawing, go figure...

Gesture drawings of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 30 minute sessions in multiple media.

Initial 20 minute drawing, expanded with additional 30 minute session.
Art fitness training requires daily use of complex skill sets. From the daily routine of drawing, hundreds of images amass over a short time. If the work is approached as daily exercise, and everything is put on a stack with a mindset that it will not be looked at again- that it is the process of daily work that matters, not the product- then the work becomes flowing and enjoyable for its challenge. In this way the act of drawing itself becomes the internal reward, and the drawings become a by-product of artistic intent. Being an artist is about internal motivation and skilled expression of honed talents existing as an action in time, here and gone. The byproduct of the art object is of no consequence. This is the reason a sculptor must draw, as drawings are quick and ephemeral and invigorate the living quality of creating. Sculptures by amateurs are often lifeless dead objects, and even by professionals they can wither and collapse. Living quality is not a tecnique or trick that can be learned, it cannot be approximated- it is inherent in the intent of the artist or it is not. How art is approached is therefore paramount, as practicing a mistake (in intent or application) only makes for worse practice. In time this mistaken practice will become apparent, and works from the past will become distant in relation to your internal direction now. This is why quality in art takes a long commitment, and asks for recognition of personal failures as aspects of achievment. Encouragement by discouragement, and discouragement by encouragement; so thinking about and assessing has to become emptyness, and the destruction inherent in creativity must be given equal attention, and all must become a flow of making with no regard of the end- as there is no end.     
1 & 2 minute drawings, with one figure pulled up with ink.
 
1&2 minute drawings, with two figures pulled up with darker pencil.
1&2 minute ink brush drawings.
Ink brush gestures.
Ink brush gesture.
1 minute ink, modified contour.
Ink is unforgiving and has immediate authority; a great media for pushing into dynamic forms exhibiting strong forshortening and extremes in balance. The daring of the pose challenges the daring of the media. Gotta keep your head in the game, accept some fouls, and play to the buzzer.
These last two images are a year older than the rest. Some differences or changes I look for to see if my work is maturing: linear expression of volume; countour showing subtle anatomical expression; primary/secondary shadow expanding volume and form; dynamic integrity of the figure.
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