I’m not sure if I agree with that advice, I mean, I know gesture is important and getting the flow of the body right makes the picture more dynamic and overall increases the quality of the art, but I’m not sure if suggestion I should do gesture drawings instead of those sketches above is a good idea in my current stage.
I’m also generally against how gesture lines are often taught. General idea is that you draw a gesture line and then a body around it. Problem is, you need to know how to draw well-gestured body around a gesture line to get it done properly, because this kind of splice can mean anything - it doesn’t define any kind of edge, all edges of the body can be drawn in a very different ways around this line and there is no way of telling how to do it to get a properly “gestured” body. The exact positions of body parts around the gesture line and the line in regard to parts of the body is undefined, so it doesn’t actually help beginners at all, all it says is “the body will be angled roughly this way”, so in my opinion it’s not a good tool to get a nice dynamic body - if someone is drawing an angled body, they roughly know it will be angled roughly that way. On the other hand, if you know how to draw “gestured” bodies, then the gesture line is just a bit of a skeleton, just the same as the line marking the position of the eyes on the portrait.
As in, I don’t believe gesture lines actually work. What I think works is getting a picture of a person or seeing them in real life, first drawing simple forms, then adding details, trying to make it look as in the photo or real life. Trying to get angles correct. Starting from forms simple enough gives you some kind of a gesture too, just not a line, but an actual object that you can later “sculpt” to get the correct actual form of the human body. Which is great with Quickposes you linked - I believed that after trying it out, I found some set of 100 references and tried to draw them in class (not art class, just normal lecture).
Also note: I think if someone knows how to work with a gesture line, they can use it effectively, why not. It’s like with any other very simplified sketch - you know what those lines mean, but if you were to give it to someone else, they would make a different picture out of it, because they don’t know what exactly have you meant. The same is with gesture line, just there is only one line and much more room for errors.
@slightlyangrydodo but… still, I think you made a valid point, when learning, I should switch focus between different things I want to learn, and I haven’t prioritized the dynamics of the pose recently.