This lil one’s all about Gesture Drawing, a really fun drawing exercise that helps get more energy into your artwork, especially Characters. I talk about why it’s MY MOST FUN DRAWING EXERCISE, and how online resources like QuickPoses.com and Croquis Cafe, can help improve your Gesture Drawing skills.
There’s also a new feature this week in Book Book Time :) where I look at a different book each episode, as well as the lil Art Tip, which this week is :
lil ART TIP TIME
USE THE BIGGEST PIECE OF PAPER YOU CAN FIND WHEN DOING GESTURE DRAWING
If you’re limited by the paper size, you end up holding back and not being able to really go for it, and Gesture Drawing is all about going for it. Feeling the Pose, and Throwing Long, Sexy, Confident Lines all over the Paper … so it’s best to use the biggest sheet of paper you can find :)
Here’s an extra teeny weeny lil ART TIP … it’s more of a challenge really, but
TRY STARTING A GESTURE DRAWING WHERE YOU FEEL THE MOST FEELING, NOT NECESSARILY WITH THE HEAD
A lot of people say start with the head, but I’ve found my Gestures feel more Energetic when I start where I feel the most feeling. That feeling place is where I’m most Excited, and that initial Excitement seems to Flow throughout the rest of the Gesture when I start with it.
New feature Alert!
It’s BOOK BOOK Time :) Each week I’ll be talking about a book I’ve either read in the past, currently reading, or want to read in the future. Art books, Spiritual books, Story books, Kids books? … I’m not fussy, if it’s a good book I’ll talk about it :)
BOOK BOOK 1 goes to – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One, by Dr Joe Dispenza
This book changed my life, I haven’t read it in over five years, but the stuff I learnt in this one really did stay with me. Like Art, this book makes you see the world totally differently, and I have a feeling it could end up being the most important book you ever read; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr Joe Dispenza, had to be my first BOOK BOOK :)
If you have any tips or questions about Gesture Drawing, this weeks lil Art Tip, the Book Book, any of the Topics on this episode, or any questions/topics you’d like discussed on future episodes, please get in touch. You can message me down the bottom of this page, by leaving a comment on YouTube, or by SENDING AN EMAIL
This weeks Inspirational Quote goes to Billy Butler
” EVEN THE SMALLEST GESTURE, CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. “
– Billy Butler
LISTEN TO THE EPISODE
LINKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW
• Society of Visual Storytelling – I started some of the courses on this site this week, and so far, it seems like an amazing place to learn new art skills :)
• 3 Point Perspective Podcast – This art podcast is quickly becoming my new favourite, 3 different artists talk about a topic, so you get 3 different perspectives; really good art podcast this one is.
• Proko – Includes Stan Prokopenko’s Figure Drawing Course, which first introduced me to Gesture Drawing :)
• QuickPoses – An online resource for practicing Gesture Drawing … I adore this site!
• Croquis Cafe – Another online resource to help improve your gesture drawing skills, only this one’s more like being at a life drawing class; it’s Fantastic :)
• 5.6mm Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Magic Clutch Pencil – This beast is the pencil I talk about on the episode, it’s my Go-To Pencil for Gesture Drawing.
• Gesture Drawing Blog Post – Includes a bit more information on Gesture Drawing, with some example drawings :)
• Dr Joe Dispenza – The guy who wrote Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to lose your mind and create a new one … a book that changed my life, and is this weeks BOOK BOOK :)
• YOUTUBE @SophieLawson – including lil Art Tips, episodes of this Podcast, Inspirational Artists and some of my Artwork :)
• TWITTER @SophieLawsonArt – Come say hello, I post me stuff on here :)
• INSTAGRAM @Sophie.Lawson – Pop along to my lil INSTAGRAM feed, where I plop out images from time to time lol
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” GESTURE DRAWING IS ALL ABOUT FEELING. “
– Sophie Lawson
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This lil episode is another one of those Art Focused Therapy Session ones, where I just empty the contents of my head into the microphone about the topic of Focusing on One Passion. I talk about the conflict of knowing I need to focus on Art, but feeling like I’m not able to … eventhough I know I am. I also talk about another Lucid Dream experience, Mindset while Drawing, Finding Balance, and this weeks lil Art Tip is all about the importance of Keeping Your Old Drawings :)
This lil episode’s more like a therapy session about my struggles of finding balance between work and play. I talk about sacrificing Videogames, how the Discipline of saying no to chocolate bars is helping me say NO to bigger temptations, and how you need to work out what to stop completely vs cut down on; this ones all about Finding Balance … oh, and I also share another healing Lucid Dream I experienced during the week :)
On this lil episode I talk about minimalism … how getting rid of all my tings and having more space, appears to bring with it a feeling of peace, and hopefully in time, an increase in balance and focus :)
It’s that time of year again … when the sun comes out to play, so do the drawing pencils :) It’s time to start sketching people in public, something I was terrified to do at first, but it’s one of the most fun ways to improve, and loosen up, both your drawing, and the mind :)
On this episode I talk about Thoughts … where do thoughts come from? How comes while I’m drawing thoughts sometimes try to put me off? How comes thoughts have the power to either negatively or positively impact reality? .., I have a theory that thoughts could be linked to the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment, this one’s a bit bonkers :)
On this episode I dive into the topic of Spirituality … Automatic Writing is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with, what I like to call, the Universe. It’s life changing stuff, because in just two weeks I’ve managed to go from being scared of transitioning at the day job, to not only throwing away all my male clothes and being my true self at work, but also wearing a little swimsuit in public, and facing the fear of learning how to swim … I’m beginning to see a deep connection between Art and Spirituality.
On this episode I talk about Lucid Dreaming again … Lucid Dreaming and Art seems like it could be a powerful combination. I had a crazy idea of trying to meet lilSOPHIE, one of my custom characters, inside of a lucid dream. I talk about my first attempt on this episode … I think it might be possible, having already experienced holding her lil hands :) I talk about some of the fun things I’d love for us to do together, like Posing, Sketching, listening to her lil Stories and getting to know who lilSOPHIE really is, so I can pop back into reality and bring her to life :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”