Laurel O’Gorman

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Gesture Figure Drawing

Drawing the figure was a basic part of my art education. Along with the act of drawing came a disciplined study of the structure of the human figure through lecture, slides and discussions. This was the foundation from which I began to understand the muscle and skeletal structure, movement, weight distribution, volume and foreshortening.

The drawings displayed here are made quickly and are referred to as “gesture drawings”. This is a technique used to loosen the mechanical skills and challenge our notion of what is correct. It demands that we trust our instinct and years of practice.

The drawings included here were done in my Land–Markers coop drawing group, at the WBCA.

Land–Markers Exhibition Invitation