“Even a pancake has gesture. There is a gesture in the way a newspaper lies on the table or the way a curtain hangs.” Kimon Nicolaides

I’ve always admired those who could finesse delicate lines, controlled and concise with ease and grace. I am not one of those people, but I do subscribe to the idea that anyone can learn to draw. After all, drawing was a required school subject before cameras came around, and if kids from the 1800’s could learn to draw, so can we! Even if I never manage to draw an elegant line, I already know that looking for gesture helps me take better photos. What makes an image come alive? A line that pulls you in… the weight of a shadow, a suggestion of movement – that’s gesture!

Tristan and I are both wanting to work gesture drawing exercises in a bit more often, and there’s no more sure-fire way to get motivated than to ask others to join in. So…will you join us? Gesture drawing is meant to be a quick exercise, broad, loose, imperfect studies are the goal. What’s important is attempting to capture the essence of your subject: the movement, the weight, the energy. If you are brave and post your results on Instagram, feel free to tag us so we can take a look! #besottedblog

(ask yourself) “what is the subject doing?” Nathan Goldstein

Don’t know what to choose for your subject? You could take a page from Cy Twombly and attempt to capture the energy of the artist (that’s you!)  with an abstract approach!

A very special thank you to my brilliantly talented friend (and drawing teacher), Mary. She had this to say regarding the books she chose for you in the resources below:

“I have a great affection for The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. Sections 1 (Contour and Gesture), and 2 (The Comprehension of Gesture) are good introductions. The Art of Responsive Drawing by Nathan Goldstein I like too. The first chapter is Gestural Expression (which refers to Nicolaides).”

painting by Cy Twombly 


The Natural Way to Draw

The Art of Responsive Drawing

Drawing paper sketchpad

Newsprint sketchpad (lots of room, inexpensive for guilt-free sketching).

Graphite pencil set

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.



  1. I know for myself, I am super excited to check out the resources! Hopefully I’ll be brave enough to post!

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