drawing: gestures

Practice avoiding these 22 negative gestures:

1. Holding Objects in Front of Your Bodys – indicates shyness and resistance, such as you’re hiding behind the objects in an effort to separate yourself from others.

2. Checking the Time or Inspecting Your Fingernailss – a strong sign of boredom.

3. Picking Lint Off of Your Clothess – People will assume that you disapprove of their ideas and/or feel uneasy about giving them an honest opinion.

4. Stroking Your Chin While Looking at Someone –s “I’m judging you!”

5. Narrowing Your Eyes – A slight narrowing of the eyes is an instinctual, universal expression of anger.

6. Standing Too Close – This just makes people feel uncomfortable.

7. Looking Down While in the Presence of Others – usually indicates disinterest. Sometimes it’s even interpreted as a casual sign of arrogance.

8. Touching Your Face During a Conversation – Interpreted as an indication of deception.

9. Faking a Smile – another sign of deception.

10. Leaning Away From Someone You Like – a sign of being bored and disinterested. Some people may also interpret it to mean: “I don’t like you.”

11. Resting Hands Behind the Head or on the Hips – usually interpreted as a sign of superiority or bigheadedness.

12. Not Directly Facing the Person You’re Speaking To – This indicates a certain level of discomfort or a lack of interest. Always face directly forward during a conversation.

13. Crossing Your Arms – a sign of defensive resistance. Some people may also interpret it as a sign of egotism. Always try to keep your arms open and at your sides.

14. Scratching at the Backside of Your Head and Neck – a typical sign of doubt and uncertainty. It can also be interpreted as an indication of lying.

15. Slouching Your Shoulders – indicates low self-esteem. People associate perked-up shoulders with strong self-confidence.

16. Standing with Your Hands Crossed Over Your Genitals – People feeling nervous or unsure of themselves will unconsciously take a guarded stance.

17. Propping Up Your Head with Your Hands – “I’m getting bored!”

18. Wiping Sweaty Hands onto Your Clothes – a sign of frantic nervousness.

19. Sitting on the Edge of Your Chair – a clear indication of being mentally and physically uncomfortable. It’s an apprehensive stance that will make others around you feel uncomfortable as well.

20. Foot and Finger Tapping – usually indicates stress, impatience or boredom. Monitor your habits and practice keeping your limbs at rest.

21. Using Your Hands to Fidget with Small Objects – This is a sign of anxiety. It can also be interpreted as a lack of preparedness.

22. Repeatedly Shifting Body Weight from Foot to Foot – indicates mental and physical discomfort. People may also see this and assume that you’re ready to abandon the conversation.

Amazing Character/Creature Reference Resource

Character Pose / Gestures & Life Drawing (Miscellaneous)

This really is an amazing set of references. Theres over 130 boards on this pinterest page. With poses, clothing, expressions, different boards for age groups, creature references and so on. Many are from animation/cartoon movies or films as well.

If you are an artist, or aspire to be one, this is a perfect place to find a reference. 

Here’s a short storyboard exercise from this creeper I saw from the elevator this morning.  When I rough my storyboards I try to keep them about this clean.  Combining the looseness and clarity of gesture, while being selective about the most important information to draw your eye is key to making rough-boards readable and also saving time for cleanup later.  Keep in mind, it takes a LOT of drawing/understanding to break things down simply like this – so don’t be lazy and learn a lot about drawing first kids!!

Here’s an essay by Rad which better explains this kind of drawing: http://radhowto.blogspot.com/2010/01/drawing-for-storyboards.html

To Italians, gesturing comes naturally. “You mean Americans don’t gesture? They talk like this?” asked Pasquale Guarrancino, a Roman taxi driver, freezing up and placing his arms flat against his sides. He had been sitting in his cab talking with a friend outside, each moving his hands in elaborate choreography. Asked to describe his favorite gesture, he said it was not fit for print.

In Italy, children and adolescents gesture. The elderly gesture. […]

Isabella Poggi, a professor of psychology at Roma Tre University and an expert on gestures, has identified around 250 gestures that Italians use in everyday conversation. “There are gestures expressing a threat or a wish or desperation or shame or pride,” she said. The only thing differentiating them from sign language is that they are used individually and lack a full syntax, Ms. Poggi added.

—  Rachel Donadio, When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking [x]

Improvement Hell Day 5: Draw more figures. Quick gestures and silhouettes. x20, with atleast 10 different body shapes

This is the second one I did today. I drew a kid, fat people, skinny people, a pregnant person, those more built on the top, those with curves, those with none…

Yeah. It was fun. I started to get a headache towards the end but I like a majority of the sketches I did. c:

I’m getting better at hands.


Hannah Wilke, Gestures (excerpt), 1974

While completing the last chunk of textbook reading a week ago, I came across film stills from Hannah Wilke’s Gestures. Perhaps it was the soft quality of the images contrasted by the unusual nature of seeing a woman manipulate her own face, but nevertheless, after feeling somewhat disappointed the text did not further discuss the stills in detail, I decided to look for the full video online. Sadly, I was unable to find it, but I did find this excerpt, short as it may be, that gave me just a bit more information on the piece itself.

If you talk with any of my close friends, chances are they’ll tell you how particular I am about people touching my face; I cringe at the thought of relatives kissing or pinching me on the cheek, or even at the dentist’s office when I am getting my teeth cleaned and having to endure the technician’s hand on my chin. For someone like me, who I suppose is a germaphobe when it comes to face-touching, Gestures is like a form of torture. 

But even putting aside my hyper-sensitivity to face-touching, as I realize most people do not feel the way I do, Wilke wants the viewer to feel uncomfortable. Within the excerpt above, it is clear her actions become less gentle as time goes by; what starts off as a slow, caressing-type motion later evolves into a more hands-on pulling back of the facial muscles, complete with a plastic smile. According to the text, Wilke implements this kind of intensity to promote discussion on the “commercialization and abuse of the female body in the media”  and the initially gentle motions are reminiscent of commercials for makeup of facial products. 

Ahhhh wow I am awful at posting consistently.

I’m back in school now! I really enjoy all of my classes this quarter so I have a good feeling about it! I already have a buttload of work.

Here’s some fun action poses I drew to loosen up and wind down.
About ten-ish minutes with no references. I need to start going to life drawing sessions again, I’m getting rusty.

Also, I’m CRAZY excited to be using Cintiqs again. I missed them so much.