Charcoal Gesture Drawings

These 2 charcoal gesture drawings were created in 1999 in a figure drawing class. They are about 2 feet wide by 4 feet tall. Each drawing was completed in less than 30 seconds in order to capture the movement and lines in the model’s pose. This technique is reinforced by limiting the time spent on each drawing, and using broad sweeping gestures with the charcoal. The body structure, stance, movement, and proportions of the model are quickly assessed as soon as the charcoal hits the page. Also, the charcoal was kept on the page as much as possible in order to find lines, shapes, and movement that more restrained techniques may miss in the art.

Charcoal Gesture Drawing

Gesture Drawing with Charcoal

23 Replies to “Charcoal Gesture Drawings”

  1. Hi aly, thank you for commenting. Gesture drawings were difficult at first, but once you train yourself to draw quickly it becomes very natural.

  2. Nice Gestures! I like how you kept them loose because the bold and thin lines really convey as movement! Good stuff!

  3. hi i am looking for an artist who does charcoal sketches i believe his name to be something like leon poffis i overheard it could you shed some light on who he is or any help on finding his work ?

  4. Charcoal is a difficult medium. I love the bold curves of the second drawing. Actually, in ARTT110, we tried doing them in 15 seconds (we did about 6 consecutive 15 sec drawings). I can’t say we made very pretty drawings, but we did learn a lot (15 sec barely gives you enough time to put down all the limbs!).

  5. Hi Capt_Poco,
    Thanks for your comments on my work! 🙂 Your story about art class brings back memories. Great stuff!

  6. i am in IB art and i was wondering if i could use this drawing as an example of gesture drawing, it is so good, i would just love to have it in my research workbook

  7. Hi Alex,
    Thanks for your comments! If IB is for school you can use the drawing in your research! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  8. Hello!
    Just wanted to check to make sure it would be okay to show my students these drawings so they have an idea of what they are trying to accomplish? Mine are not nearly this impressive! =)

  9. Hi Katie,
    Thank you for the compliment! 🙂 I have responded to your inquiry via email.

    ~Michael

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  11. I love these drawings. I’m looking for a charcoal gesture drawing of the back of a woman who is standing. This is for a business card I’m creating. Is this something we can discuss?

  12. im in 6th form doing AS art, and looking at your work has helped me push my work forward, but i dont think mine could ever geta good as yours.

  13. the second peice looks like a lady in an elegant gown trying to show off and make herslef attractive to passing by men.. thats just my opinion. its very nice and very elegant. deffinitely creative.

  14. HELLO I FOUND SOME OF YOUR WORK ON LINE BY ACCIDENT BUT I TRULY LOVE YOUR WORK. I’M A STUDENT HERE IN CHICAGO WHO PLANS TO HAVE A FUTURE IN ART, I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS ANY ADVISE OR ANYTHING YOU DO OR SAY 2 HEPL ME MOVE FORWARD TO FIND MY RIGHT DIRECTION IT WOULD B GLADLY APPRECIATED I THANK YOU 4 YOUR TIME AND YOUR INSPIRATION. OH I’VE ALWAYS BEEN SELF TAUGHT AND WOULDNT MIND IF YOU CAN PEEK AT SOME OF MY WORK 2 JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK

  15. I love this gesture drawing I am going to use it as an example in my visual diary if that is ok, but I need to know the reference for this artwork you name of artist, date, etc.

    Thanks.

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