Capturing Elusive gestures

More workshop prep for Chicago! Besides working on gestural people sketching, this time my workshop will focus on techniques and tactics for capturing more elusive gestures and postures to better tell a story.

Why just capture two women at a cafe table when you can capture one glugging down her water on a hot day? Makes a far better picture-story, doesn’t it?

Or that moment someone steps out to empty the trash? Sketch it, and don’t worry too much about exact proportions!

Even more detailed scenes benefit from more definitive action-captures. Like the man on the right, pouring himself a coffee at Big Basin Cafe in Saratoga, California.

Drawing from life is something I try to do atleast once a week. It’s not hard to see how this study relates to quick capture in urban sketching.

Lots of workshop prep going on. Some notes and tools below.

I’ll post the sketch kit I’m packing closer to the symposium. And, as always, I’ll post a link to my handout that you can download after the symposium is over.

But for right now, I’m going to take a few days off with my family and chill. Sketches from that trip coming up soon, of course.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Capturing Elusive gestures

  1. Bernadette says:

    Absolutely wonderful drawings! Thank you for sharing. I always loved drawing the figure/figure drawing classes of years ago were always my favorite. Including trash cans and store scenes along with the figure is so impressive. Thank you. I have a long way to go!


  2. Genie Geer says:

    How exciting! Thank you for generously sharing your tips and techniques for those of us who can’t attend (but would love to, and maybe someday I can!) a Suhita workshop!


  3. Jane Kriss says:

    Wonderful post – thank you Suhita!
    Have a great symposium. And safe travels!

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