In the first week of the Portfolio Workshop International (PWI), Rajesh started what we jokingly refer to in the Workshop as “gesture drawing boot camp”.
Considering his animation training, the biggest challenge for Rajesh at first was simply to let go of what he had learned to date and cultivate an approach to our work together that was very flexible, open minded and not result oriented. In this case, the “result” in the phrase result oriented refers to “making drawings” that “look nice” and are “acceptable” examples of “good” work.
When one starts to study gesture, if you’re really “going for it” most of the drawings produced can appear to be quite a mess.
“As the saying goes, you have to break a few eggs to make an omlette, and when you’re going all out to learn how to draw a gesture, the broken eggs in the equation are usually the student’s ego.” APW Director Gerard Sternik.
Since he had a lot of previous experience using line in his work we decided to encourage Rajesh to explore the relationship between contour and gesture right away.
It is evident from the examples below that Rajesh did quite well in week one, producing some very strong work.
“We had a piece of newsprint with a hand-drawn ‘no parts’ sign on the wall for the first week as a reminder to avoid the temptation to draw parts of the figure and always look for the movement through the whole.” APW Director Vince Peets