Thoughts on Gestures

When i began my college years as a fine arts/painting student, i had a drawing/figure anatomy professor who would constantly stress the importance of gestural drawings in order to embody anatomical proportions. Being the hard-headed donkey i am, i refused to let my subconscious take over the technical skills i held so dearly throughout the first semester with that professor. I would pride myself in dotting every line where it was supposed to, and reading books that explained how angles played alongside shadows to give the illusion of mass/weight upon a person/object.
It wasn’t until a project was assigned in which we were instructed to let go of every technical procedure, and draw to the rhythm of songs, that i understood why gestural drawings were so important to this peculiar professor. In order to carve out images from a blank canvas, i had to let go of all my beliefs, and open myself up to being wrong about everything i was taught in books. Kind of like falling in love, a procedure that requires no technical skills or even right/wrong approaches, i had to let down every technical/egotistical wall around my confidence and skills in order to understand and convey through a drawing.

“Thought of You” is the kind of film that can impact you with a wide range of emotions through simple gestures. Animator Ryan Woodward combines visual Fx, 2D-animation and choreography with his sense of visual poetry and love. An artist bold enough to convey emotions through gestures is something we seldom have the chance to experience in the art world. Below i posted the making of if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the artist and these kind of gestural projects.

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