I was given the chance to teach a gesture drawing class the other day. I was a bit nervous and worried that I wouldn't have anything useful to say. Fortunately, I stumbled across some Walt Stanchfield notes, and found a number of great bits of wisdom to pass on to the class. Here are some of my favorites:
"If yer eyes is stuck on the model, yer mind is bein' left out."
"In drawin', yer eyes and yer mind is pardners -- yer eyes sees it first but yer mind has to correct what they seen."
"It may take two hundred words to convince someone that yer honest, but it only takes 5 lines in a drawin' ta prove you ain't."
"Any details that don't 'help the gesture 'll never be missed."
"When drawin's takes tha place of talk -- they gotta say jest as much"
"A good drawin' doesn't need dialogue ta say what it's got ta."
I didn't get to do very many drawings, as I spent most of the time giving pointers to others, but I'll post what I have tomorrow.