Saturday, October 3, 2009

In memory of Robert Greendale.

I remember during Freshman year having to do 10 gesture drawings for homework. I had no idea what this "gesture" thing really was. I thought, at the time, it was just a "sketchy" version of what was in front of me. While right in some ways, the point was I still lacked the knowledge of it's true importance, and proceed to draw what I thought it to bet: a sketchy version of what was in front of me.

I got a B- on the assignment...

I know a little better now... Gesture is the foundation for not just all fine art, but all visually appealing abstract shapes.


Realistic of not, all of these are built upon visually appealing abstract shapes. Despite being a realist myself (generally), if an image or structure is composed of bland, uninteresting shapes, it'll be a boring image though matter how well it's rendered. I never fully understood gesture until my senior year, and since fully grasping it I feel as if my whole education in the visual arts has come full circle. While I understand it fully, though, mastering it is a never ending process. However, it has helped tremendously with my abilities to draw from my head, and I think gesture is the single most important factor to consider when making up stuff from your imagination.

And beyond the visual arts, "gesture-like" aspects in good music and writing can be observed if you look at it the right way. All expressions of creativity share many many similarities... funny how that works.

I know this has been repeated a million times, but I still like typing up this type of stuff because it helps me reflect upon my own knowledge of a certain subject matter... and who knows, maybe somebody will even someting! I need a beer right now.

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