I got two elephant challenge drawings in already! I am thrilled that a few of you are now jumping right in with these challenges. Thank you Susan and Vicki! Good job!! I hope you'll both try these again, once you read this post. And also, I would love to see you take it a step further and do a more finished drawing of a pose or two.
There seems to be a little bit of confusion between gesture and contour drawing here. Perhaps that is my fault for a misleading post yesterday where I did a blind contour drawing and posted a gesture challenge. Everything has a gesture, whether alive or inanimate. A contour is seeing the surface where a gesture is feeling the movement or action of a thing. See what Wikipedia has to say about gesture versus contour drawing here.
Today I did these four gesture drawings and I am posting another 1/4 view series of this deer figurine. Please feel free to do this also! These gesture drawings took about a minute and a half each. See how I tried to get the feeling down without being overly concerned with the outside edges. I hope some of you will try these exercises several times. It takes a little while to get used to drawing this way. Once you do however, it is a wonderful tool for warming up and getting the big shapes down quickly. Remember to hold your pencil like a wand as it frees up your whole arm and consequently, your interpretation of it.