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Drawing the Figure: Volume One

Capturing the Gesture with Jack Bosson

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This lecture is the first of a series on how to approach drawing the human figure. In this series, Jack states that a successful figure drawing must include evidence of three sets of information: gestural, structural, and anatomical; the first being the focus of this particular demonstration. Gesture drawing establishes the unique storytelling and emotional properties of a given pose. It can also be used to map out the essential idea conveyed in the pose. Jack explores rapid-sketch technique, weight distribution, and the rhythm of the body parts as they adjust to the effects of gravity. Key concepts such as "contrapposto", twist, overlapping shapes, and foreshortening are also covered. In short, this lecture will show you how to create a dynamic, lively interpretation of the subject being observed.

  • Expressing the Action
  • Mapping Out the Pose
  • Body Language
  • Drawing What the Model is Doing
  • Gesture and Expression
  • Quick Sketch Techniques
  • Seeing the Attitude Expressed in the Pose
  • Rhythm
  • Flow of Movement
  • Continuity and Storytelling
  • Squash and Stretch
  • Weight Distribution and Balance
  • The Torso and Limbs
  • Expressiveness of Hands and Feet
  • Introduction
  • Mapping Out the Figure / Extension and Compression
  • Steps to Seeing the Gesture, Weight and Contrapposto
  • Capturing the Essence of the Pose
  • The Clothed Figure
  • The Importance of Keeping a Sketchbook
  • Foreshortening / Acting and Storytelling / Habits of Mind and Heart
  • Foreshortening and Silhouette / Profiting from a Bad Drawing
  • Structural Facts Before Aesthetic Details
  • Gesture, Flow and Structure
  • Weight, Balance and Gravity
  • Seeing Rhythms in the Curves of the Body
  • Final Comments / Developing Your Practice

  • Product Code: JBO01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-767-4
  • UPC: 805366017972
  • Duration: 107 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-VIDEO, Digital Download, Online Subscription

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Jack Bosson


Jack has been a practicing and exhibiting fine artist and freelance illustrator for over 35 years. He has taught drawing and painting at Cornell University, College of New Rochelle, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and Woodbury University, to name a few institutions. He did background painting briefly at Hanna-Barbera and was hired as a trainer in Feature Animation at Disney in 1995. In 1999, he continued as a training consultant to Disney and taught at various institutions until he was hired to set up an Animation Department at Woodbury University, which he chaired for three years. He retired two years ago after eight years at Woodbury, as Professor Emeritus. Jack Bosson received his Diploma of Design from The Cooper Union, he studied painting and drawing at the l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, France, on a Fulbright Fellowship, and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University, in 1966.