The only way to learn how to draw is by drawing, it’s not what you know, but what you do. Of late I haven’t been drawing as much as I should, a practice I hope to change. The slow meditative pastime of the contour drawing is complimented by the quick study or gesture drawing. The idea is that you draw quickly and decisively without the pen leaving the paper with only quick glances at the drawing as most of the time is spent looking at the model.
In a few seconds you should record the gesture of the model and not worry about the surface quality but the gesture of the image. It’s another great exercise for getting into the habit of looking at the model and not at the paper.
I managed to do some from the second floor of a building and seeing the model from this perspective is really challenging as the body shape constantly changes proportions the nearer or further it moves across your view.
The gesture drawing may look like a tangle of fishing line. The drawings may look meaningless but the benefits that you have at the moment of reacting to the gesture will pay dividends…learn to act swiftly and directly without questioning it. Kimon Nicolaides.