You’ll notice in Rajesh’s third week of the Portfolio Workshop International that the head/skull is introduced into the curriculum. The idea is to develop the gesture into basic geometric masses and then into forms that are more naturalistic in appearance, and come closer to representing the organic nature of body masses.
The block of the rib cage and of the pelvis are carved and shaped. Out of the general blocking of the head, the cranium and facial regions become more pronounced. These masses are developed as an extension of that initial 5 second gesture that captures the wholeness of the entire figure.
A sound comprehension of gesture is an integral part of being able to capture the relationship of these masses in space.
“To keep Rajesh on his toes, the drawing exercises would constantly rotate in class so that the primary raw effort of grasping at that whole gesture in 5 or 10 seconds and getting the whole thing down on the paper would keep recurring over and over again.”
Gerard Sternik APW Director
We like to call that initial effort to feel and grasp the whole gesture as a unit the “prime motivator”. We keep this idea fresh and in the forefront of our students consciousness for all the drawing exercises that we do.
“Our next step – translating Rajesh’s ability to feel and draw gestures of the human figure to drawing gestural poses of animation characters became an area of focus in week 3. Emphasizing the connection between gesture drawing of the figure and strong natural feeling poses of animated characters was crucial”.
Vince Peets APW Director