How to let loose: the 2 MINUTE Gesture.

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It’s been about 2 years since I’ve properly attended a life drawing/figure drawing class. But tonight I was rummaging around underneath my bed and I stumbled upon my old art pad. I thought I’d update my website and post a couple pictures to share the excitement and rush of warming up with gesture drawings before a life drawing class.

Gesture Drawings are quick sketches that usually last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes per pose. The goal of a gesture is to capture the ENERGY of the model’s pose and aim for general PROPORTIONS.

The examples above are 2 minute gesture drawings, used to loosen up before moving on to longer 30 – 60 minute postures. When people know they have AN HOUR to complete their drawing, they take their time, measure the proportions, and think before every stroke and shadow. With only 30 seconds for each posture, the careful uptight artist is forced to feel the drawing rather than calculate it. Even for long poses, you should start with a gesture in the beginning. Otherwise, the rest of your work is screwed… The proportions and energy must initially be correct before all the detail can transform a good sketch into an amazing piece of art.

Personally, I’ve always been fascinated with good sketches that are 10 minutes or less. It’s amazing how little detail and shading you actually need to recognise the human body and it’s posture. The University of London Student Union does some cheap classes on Wednesdays, so I definitely plan on starting back up soon!

Plus, it’s always hilarious to see people’s reaction when you tell them one of your hobbies is drawing naked people. (You can discover a lot about someone’s personality based on his or her attitude to the raw human body.) And that’s why I love art. It makes people feel awkward… pushing them outside their comfort zone.

Latest Shoreditch Discovery – SLATE coffee shop

This afternoon I re-visited Slate – probably one of the smallest coffee shops in East London.

The address: 96 Curtain Road, London EC2 
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The menu includes everything for a green power smoothies to salmon/avocado muffins… easy to see why I love this place! I had a flat white (which they call a flattie), but with coconut soy milk since today is one of my vegan-inspired days.
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My rating of Slate (1-5 scale):
Prices – 3 (a bit pricy – 2.80 for a latte – but absolutely delicious and the food is well priced)
Customer Service – 5 (the baristas behind the counter are absolutely lovely)
Wifi – YES
Ability to Work: 1 (there are only 8-10 small seats inside)
Charm: 4 (the decorations and graffiti on the wall provides a lovely shoreditch atmosphere)
Overall: 4 
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And my favourite thing about Slate is it’s genius business strategy with card payments. YES, there is a 5 pound card minimum. BUT, you can buy a coffee for yourself in advance to make the card minimum. So last weekend, I paid for 2 coffees… and got to drink one of them today! I think it’s a brilliant coffee shop model and the names on the wall also add to it’s cozy atmosphere.
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Some Allpress coffee and chilled time to brainstorm on Sunday? YES PLEASE.

Pukka Detox Tea, Chill Music, and a Sketchbook are the ideal Saturday night.

Desk **Quick observation sketch of what my desk looked like at 21:46 last night.  On a side note, my website was having difficulty with the gallery portion. Luckily, my magical IT guy (cough cough my dad) was able to fix it! So although it hasn’t been updated with new artwork… at least the old stuff is still available to view. My personal favourite is the figure drawings and oil paintings. I miss life drawing and hope to pick it up again this semester. The University of London Union do classes on Wednesdays from 18:30 to 21:30, so I’m going to motivate myself to go after work! Until then… here’s the current stuff: Figure Drawings.  And some Oil Paintings while we’re at it!