LESSON - CAPTURING THE GESTURE
There are two techniques you can use to
quickly capture the gesture of a figure in a
drawing: the scribble line gesture and the
mass gesture. They are both used to quickly
establish the size and placement of the
You can use this technique both as a learning tool to help you see shapes better, and
also as part of a longer process of creating
a finished drawing.
• Work from the inside of the shape outwards, avoiding the outline. Think of
yourself as building the form as if you
were modeling it out of clay.
• Make more scribbles in the center of the shape where you are confident of
its position, and less scribbles near the outline where you are not so sure of
In a mass gesture you use a drawing tool that creates a
two dimensional shape directly, without the use of line.
You can use the flat side of a short stick of conte
crayon or charcoal, a brush and paint, or a brush
•Work from the inside of the shape outwards.
•Work from large to small