Drawing Warm Up

Gesture Drawing and Contour Drawing

Gesture Drawing

A gesture drawing is work of art defined by rapid execution. Typical situations involve an artist drawing a series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time, often as little as 30 seconds, or as long as 2 minutes. Gesture drawing is often performed as a warm-up for a life drawing session. (definition from wikepedia)

Contour Drawing

to draw the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object. (taken from dictionary.com)

Shading (Value)

Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can draw the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to see like an artist.

Values are the different shades of gray between white and black. Artists use values to translate the light and shadows they see into shading, thus creating the illusion of a third dimension.

(taken from dummies.com)