Quick Sketch is a great way to understand form in a simple approach. Based on gesture and shape one learns to interpret and design what they see. Many are the uses of this discipline from laying in a figure and simplifying elements for composition to drawing more efficiently for storyboard and concept projects in the game and film industry. All require efficient figure drawing skills and Quick Sketch can facilitate the editing process of the human form.
The principle tool of exploration is the line, and in Quick-Sketch the path your line takes has a definite purpose. One path is the gesture; The life of a drawing. Think of gesture as blood coursing through the entire body as one or a river flowing over all forms in it's path. The line that explains the gesture also serves to unite the forms in one or 2 flowing strokes. Curve and flow is found within the body's structure (use of the median line) while the silhouette helps enforce and set the stance and attitude by means of the big shape.
Time is the opportunity to hone observational skills. The Quick-Sketch approach keeps the figure simple, minimal using clean shapes in the space of 2-3 minutes.
Or, in 5 minutes to 20, vignette a part of the body or simply practice simplifying construction by means of gesture and shape.
Another important value of Quick-Sketch is in setting down simple comps with minimal shape and value to describe the pose, invaluable as a tool to use for thumbnails before tackling the final image in another medium. Using, for example, a charcoal pencil and inexpensive paper one works out the light and dark pattern, where it's possible to explore different paths and focal points for the same subject. It saves re-dos and distressing of the surface of a final piece as issues can be worked out at the Quick-Sketch stage.
The principles of the Quick-Sketch can help capture the energy and establish a cleaner workflow of a longer study.
Quick-Sketch springs from the basics of human proportion and drawing concepts of design but emphasizes efficiency
and hones the skill of editing information while still explaining the figure in 20 minute or less poses.
Esmeralda Acosta - Quick-Sketch Instructor, Kline Academy