How to Draw Gesture – Step by Step

How to Draw Gesture – Step by Step

Last week I explained gesture and this week
I’ll show you examples of how to apply it. If you haven’t watch the gesture video yet,
pause this and go watch it… Let’s take a look at some examples and find
their gestures. 30 Second poses Usually I’ll start with the head, but not
always. If I’m in the mood to identify the torso first, I’ll do that. There are no rules
about this. Then find the gesture of the neck, and the action line to the foot. Looking at
the torso, the first thing I notice is that the left side is pinching and the right side
is stretching. So, the shoulders will be slanted one way, and the hips the other way. This
brings the points closer together on the left side, compressing the forms, and brings the
points further away from each other on the right side, stretching the forms. Find some
rhythm lines for the legs… And the arms. That right there is the most simplified version
of this pose. It’s only a few lines but in 30 seconds it’s enough to explain what the
pose is doing. You might feel like 30 seconds is just too
quick. In that case there are two possibilities. Either you’re brand new at this and you really
DO need a little extra time. You can try 45 seconds to a minute. Or you’re really over
thinking it. Looking at the contours too much will cause you to draw things that are not
necessary to capture the motion and you end up running out of time. Remember to draw what
you feel, not what you see. 2 minute poses Taking 10-15 seconds to just look and analyze
the pose is not a waste of time. It allows you to create a game plan and use the 2 minutes
you have wisely. Ok, so again I’ll start with a clean oval
for the head and then attach the rhythm of the neck following the sternocleidomastoid
muscle. Angle of the shoulders and rhythm of the torso using the centerline to determine
that curve. From a front view ill start from the shoulder a drop a rhythm through the side
of the ribcage to the pubic bone. Get the pinching on the right side and stretch on
the left. Two c curves for the gesture of the leg from the front. Indicate the other
side of the leg with somewhat parallel rhythm, considering the thickness of each part of
the leg. Now I’ll find the arm rhythms, remembering to look for the motion not the contour. And
an upside down heart shape for the breasts. For a head in profile, I’ll start with a circle
for the cranium, angle for the front of the face and jaw. Kind of like a simplified version
of Loomis’s method I went over in my portrait fundamentals series. Get the rhythm of the neck and the shoulders.
In the torso, I’m seeing a stretch on the left side of the back and a pinch on the right
side. Consider tapering/thickness of forms
As you get comfortable ignoring detail and seeing the big picture, you can move on to
a slightly more structural approach. Now you are giving some love and thought to the forms.
Still not drawing any 3d forms but considering them in the design of the gesture. I’m staying
true to the thickness of the form and any kind of tapering from thick to thin, such
as from the hip to the knee. Whereas before, in the 30 second drawings, I wasn’t concerned
about that at all. I was just drawing the motion. If you tend to make your poses stiff, think
of the torso and limbs as a snake. Forget about any bones, hard forms, rigid forms.
Think of it as a fluid cylinder and try to see the motion. Find the c curves and s curves. Draw smart not fast
When you do these gesture drawings of 2-10 minutes, the point of the exercise is not
to draw as fast as you can to draw as much as possible. If you draw as fast as you can
you will have messy, bad lines and the more you do the exercise the more that will become
a habit and eventually you’re drawing ugly lines whether its timed or not. Instead of
drawing fast, draw smart. Simplify the figure down to whatever degree needed to draw it
in the time you have. As the time decreases, just filter out the next least important thing
to finish the drawing in the allotted time. With a 30 second or 1 minute pose you only
have enough time to draw the most essential elements. But keep your lines clean and accurate. Look for a rhythm from the arm all the way
to the end of the fingers. Unless separating the hand to its own rhythm is essential for
the body language, try to find a continuous flow. Starting with the head neck shoulders.. And
then observing the c curve of the torso. The tendency for many people would be to draw
the torso straight because it almost is. The c curve is very subtle, but important to make
her look relaxed. Making it too straight would make her feel tense and stiff. Curve over the breast around the pit of neck.
Another from nipple to nipple and also under the breast curving up to show that they’re
wrapping over the rib cage. This is more important than showing the downward curves of each individual
breast. These curves would go against the large form of the rib cage. They’re important
to show the forms of the individual breasts, but at this phase, focus on the bigger picture
of identifying the pose. Anatomical detailed forms come later. When it’s not too important to show the breasts
wrapping over the rib cage, like, when the ribcage is vertical, I like using an upside-down
heart rhythm. Again, Curve over the breast around the pit of neck and then under each
breast. Make sure the heart is symmetrical and this V shape between the breasts lands
on the centerline and follows the gesture. I’ll use a zig zag in the arm, giving the
elbow a sharp corner. This will add more tension there, which is good because a lot of the
weight of her body is being supported by that elbow. The other arm is relaxed, so I’ll use
a fluid s curve. Curve the shin out at the tibia and then back
in at the foot. It’s very common to see a beginner draw this area straight and lose
the elegant gesture of the shin to the foot. Make sure to think about this motion as you
draw the contour. Or a better way of saying it, think of the motion as you �design�
the contours. Because when you’re designing something, you’re changing it with a purpose. Exaggerate
Get used to being able to exaggerate the gesture. Push the story to be more exciting and clearer
to the viewer. I’ll show you a pose where I’ll push the gesture REALLY far. As far as
I can without breaking it. With this pose I’m gonna try to exaggerate
the motion of the pelvis going back and to the right. So, I’ll rotate the head to the
right to follow this motion. Consider the forms as you identify the gesture.
When exaggerating you need to exaggerate thinking 3-dimensionally, not just 2d curves. Even
though you’re drawing 2d curves, you kinda have to curve them in a way that still makes
sense 3-dimensionally. Gesture is like the eyes of a portrait drawing.
Eyes give the portrait its life and gesture gives the figure its life. Assignment and have fun!
If I were to give you an assignment for this, if this were a real classroom environment,
I’d say get a bunch of figure photos and draw 10 to 20 of them every day. I promise you
will improve. And rewatch this episode and last week’s episode a few times. Remind yourself
what you’re trying to do. And listen for those things that I repeat several times. Don’t
copy, don’t draw the contour, find the story etc.. Also, try drawing along. The premium
section has a lot of videos of example gesture drawings in real time. So you can draw along,
pause if you need to. But most of all have fun with it. Don’t stress over it or get mad
if they don’t turn out good right away. Enjoy the process, and realize that you’re drawing!
It’s a treat to just sit down and draw for a while. If you’re having fun and enjoying
yourself, you’ll learn better. What’s in the premium section?
If you want to see more detailed explanation, plenty of examples and more premium videos
check out For every free video that I post during this figure series,
I’m posting additional premium content on In this free video I showed 7 examples
poses. In the premium section I show 41 examples, with more tips on specific areas of figure
gesture. That’s over an hour of video with about 30 minutes of narration. And we’re just
at the beginning of the figure drawing series. Visit for more details. In the premium section, I’ll be posting student
work and videos of me correcting those student drawings. That’s where you come in.. So, practice some gesture drawings using the
concepts from this lesson and last week’s. Post your drawings on your Facebook page,
tumblr, blog, forum, wherever you like to post your artwork. In your post make sure
to mention this video and include a link to it. Email me and tell me where I can find
your drawings. Make sure to follow the guidelines that I describe on Everyone
that participates will be able to download that critique video. So go! Go practice! And
then post… Oh ya and then if you need poses to draw from,
I have some photo sets that you can download at If you like this video, share the wealth,
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100 thoughts on “How to Draw Gesture – Step by Step

  1. I can't understand why you keep hovering over the same lines that convey so little anatomical information in their contours. If you drew with perceptual understanding as well as gesture you would have time to render more information in 30 seconds, or a minute, with fluidity like Tintoretto or Tiepolo. In the beginning you may get your proportions wrong but with practice your sense of flow over the forms will lose their wooden character & speed up your drawing in general.

  2. Why so much nudes?? I get it tho..but,yahโ™ก

  3. I'm so insanely glad that I found your channel cause this is so useful, like thank you sooo much for uploading these videos ๐Ÿ’“. Thanks to you I am improving a lot nowadays and drawing so much more because these videos motivate me a lot so just THANK YOUUUU ๐Ÿ’œ

  4. When we do gesture we need to consider human body proportions?

  5. i honestly dont believe everyone can draw. i get mad just making the head and neck, looking like a pole. so

  6. this actually work after 6-7 pose ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. So, after fixing messy lines problem, my current main weaknesses are that I keep limiting myself – in poses and art style. I just need to learn that art is everything, and perfection doesn't exist.

    I drew the poses way too stiff because I keep thinking of connection for the limbs, not the flow along the outline. And I can't seem to move on from cartoonish style back to my usual realistic style, so I decided to trace over some arts (don't worry, I won't post it, but if I did, I give my credits) since I'm stucked. Sometimes, I had to rely on others than to myself.

  8. How do you hold a pencil like that

  9. New masters academy has awesome studies!!!

  10. where get the model picture?

  11. "Do not draw what you see, draw what you feel"
    Note : this is hard to do when you have an ass in front of your eyes

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  13. Why do, I presume schooled, artists say rhythms for lines?
    Rhythm of the neck, rhythm of the torso?!

    Do I really need to type the definition of "rhythm" to point out how completely off it sounds
    Literally it sounds as if the word line was swapped for a random word and the ball fell on the word rhythm.
    It might as well have been the word yogurt or dishwasher if you're a freak or something.

    Find the yogurt of the neck then draw the dishwasher of the torso.

  14. I tried doing a boxing gesture, it looks like a octopus on aids

  15. thanks broo… its soo helpful me to understand the gesture

  16. You are a gifted educator! Thank you very much!

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  18. Thanks for the video. It is amazing to see how you make every line count

  19. I feel so fckin bad seeing how much I suck whrn trying this but I wont stop I really wanna draw It's my dream

  20. Is it right to feel fury and desperation while doing the 30 seconds drawing gestures? I am trying to draw what I feel, but the pencil tip keeps breaking. How can I draw rage in 30 seconds?

  21. I'm really happy I found his video! I've been watching it day after day and always seem to learn something new after practicing! (if that makes sense) So thank you so much!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  22. what a nice dude

  23. You can find even more gesture drawing examples like this in my premium figure course at

  24. Please teach us how to draw Clothes.

  25. You are so bad thinking

  26. more video in spanish please

  27. Hey Proko ,

    I just wanted to tell you man… you're doing a great service for people. I paid for over 2 years of art school. I learned a lot, rapidly improved, and I made some invaluable connections.

    I also paid and am still paying a lot of $$$$$.

    I wish I had known about your videos a long time ago because you sir, are crushing it.

    Yeah, people gotta put in the footwork themselves; Make sure they're getting critiqued by people that wont lie to them (Wow man thats amazing and perfect!), and people that know what they're talking about and the countless hours of study and practice. But if they do those things and pay careful attention to what you are telling them…That's basically a world class education at virtually no cost.. and in this industry your portfolio is what matters most. Kudos and thank you so much man!

  28. that was very helpful! thank you so much:))

  29. I keep coming back to this and the more and more I do this, the more and more I admire other artists. I find this INSANELY difficult to do. INSANELY difficult, but there are artists that have managed to learn to do it decently. Absolute envy for them.

  30. I understand gesture. But too bad I had to rely on reference since drawing my own idea looks tiring and stressful XD. Great video btw dTvT

  31. Trying to follow that last one made me want to pull my hair out

  32. Damn, almost forgot to subscribe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. The guesture at 2:00 was a bit wrong.. she was looking straight on to the left a bit.. you had the head tilted quite a bit to the right.. I guess we all gotta keep practicing huh..

  34. What the hell is a "sternocloudo mastoid muscle"

  35. I really though this was supposed to be "step by step"………๐Ÿ˜”

  36. How do you do these without jacking off?

  37. The last one was hard for me, so what I did was close my eyes and tried drawing just single lines and that really helped, it gave me a road map for that pose.

  38. Heck, you can switch from using body landmarks, contour lines or the whole subject as your starting point, guess I might need a few more months to get my job fully done.

  39. I'm so thankful for this

  40. (3:40) Ha ha ha

  41. Its difficult to draw with a hard on

  42. PRocco porno.

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  44. sorry mate, gonna have to hold my pencil like a human

  45. You are great sir
    Thank you โ˜บโ˜บ

  46. Ok, there's something I don't get about the last figure. Why did Proko switch the C curve of the torso ? In the pose, the left hip from the view of the viewer is more up than the rest, But in his drawing, it's the right hip who goes up, showing the butts at the right when it should be in the left. Did I missed something ?

  47. I like this Chanel..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Drawing so look easy guys…haha
    Always share your Video Brother..Ty
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    #INDONESIA Love it ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜™

  48. Click for boob, stay for the content

  49. what

  50. Thank-you soo much๐Ÿ˜Š

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  52. does gesture drawings sketches been used in animation also? any animators here?

  53. Thank you for posting, very informative

  54. 1:50 the girl is so beautiful .

  55. Is that important to practice anatomy drawing before gesture drawing?

  56. Finally, I got it! Continuous lines, maximum length, minimum quantity. Thank you for this tutorial.

  57. how much does your course cost I don't know if I have enough money

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    Divientanse! XD

  59. Sir how to find gesutre image example on google

  60. And plz tell me one thing when i set time of 4 minute's to draw three gesture image i cant draw even one figure in four minute and its difficult to draw properly

  61. thank you, dear! Really, being able to follow your classes is such a precious thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. I don't get it at all. Draw what I feel not what I see? That doesn't make any sense. What is this, a zen riddle? I don't want to come across as negative, but contour seems like all that there is in a figure. At least to my eyes. Reducing it to a stick figure doesn't accomplish anything?
    I'm tempted by the knowledge that might be in the premium course but I just don't know If I'll understand it if I can't even grasp this.

  63. and here my friend is where you will find hell

  64. How do you train yourself to make your lines more fluid but less shakey??

  65. I'm a young artist who wants to become a storyboard artist this helped me sooo much thank you!

  66. ๅพˆๅ—็”จ๏ผ้žๅธธ็พŽ็š„็ทšๆข

  67. While doing gestures can i also add in a circle for the chest and hips lol?

  68. Is it too late to email in drawings for critique? Thank you for the videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. 12:05 Is that a JoJo reference?

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  71. I like your drawings… U r my GURU… ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  72. it literally takes me 300s just to draw the stick figure

  73. Stop showing us women please. Iโ€™m only ten.

  74. what if a child watches it

  75. Ha ha haa

  76. What if when I try this the proportions are wrong like…noticeably wrong?

  77. Iโ€™m very grateful for these videos, I havenโ€™t drawn in 14 years and just recently started back up. Iโ€™m completely self taught and make a lot of mistakes with just watching and practicing one video I saw major improvement in just one day. Definitely will recommend to others.

  78. I encounter a problem, most of the time, I have the gesture, but it is out of proportion. I tried to "grid" a bit to help me within the proportion but I do not know if there is another approach?

  79. I converted this video and listening it when drawing to remind me what is important.

  80. mmmmm yummy

  81. this is hard

  82. Why do all the poses in the models seem unnatural? Just curious. Is it for exageration?

  83. That one hairy dude in the thong is going to be hard to wash away from my eyes ๐Ÿ˜†

  84. How can something be so fun and frustrating at the same time ?

  85. Why do u hold ur pencil like that? Also is there a particular way to hold it wen drawing?
    (I used to hold it the way I write..)

  86. What do u google to find pictures to draw. (I tried googling it but they just haves me crap)

  87. Oh man thank you so much, im brazilian and the brazilian tutorials dont help me, so thank you…

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  89. I just tried this out. Doesnt go well but ill do more.

    Anyways, to all the people that read this. This is the sketch of the sketch, it as simple as it gets. Just make it look like a pose.
    If you se a small curve dont draw that. Draw the biggest curves first.

    And with small curve i mean like the fingers and that stuff

  90. 13:23 that ass

  91. omg, thank you!!!!!!

  92. You are such a good teacher, thank you so much..

  93. Me alegra ver quรฉ ya algunos vรญdeos estรกn subtitulado, habรญa dejado de ver el canal por quรฉ no hablรณ inglรฉs ๐Ÿ˜”y es una pena ya que tiene muy buena informaciรณn

  94. ๐Ÿ˜ช

  95. everytime he says rhythm i want to smash my head on concrete

  96. I'm still not sure what you mean by draw the motion. It's a term that has often frustrated me.

  97. I tip to help seing the gesture that i found is to cross your eyes a little bit, so you see the image out of focus, that way you can only see the gesture and no detail

  98. *Trying the first one of 2 mins*
    "Yeah, I think I got it"
    *Realise that make the contour and not the gesture*

  99. So tell me how can i do this without seeing that naked booty

  100. You make it look so much easier

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