Capture the Essence of a Gesture with New Instructional Video

LOS ANGELES - October 4, 2011 - She sits in a wooden chair, posing in front of a group of aspiring artists, her form covered, shrouded by a blue blouse. A lift of an arm, a drop of her head, a casual shrug, three different moments are captured on coarse canvas by skilled hands, grasping their brushes. In Drawing the Figure: Volume One - Capturing the Gesture, renowned fine artist and freelance illustrator, Jack Bosson, teaches viewers how to bring the human form to life.

Now available from The Gnomon Workshop, Drawing the Figure: Volume One demonstrates the first of three essential elements - gesture, structure and anatomy - necessary to recreate the human form. Viewers will join Bosson as he taps his 35 years of knowledge and illustrates in vivid detail how gestures establish storytelling and emotion for a given pose.

Whether the subject is standing at attention, or reclining in a moment of reflection, Bosson spends more than 100 minutes exploring the necessary techniques for gesture drawing - rapid-sketch technique, weight distribution and the rhythm of body parts as they adjust to the effects of gravity. Including key concepts like "contrapposto," twist, overlapping shapes and foreshortening, Bosson teaches viewers how to create their own dynamic, lively interpretations of the human form.

"Aspiring artists must learn about the subtle interactions the body has with its environment in order to properly illustrate. Weight, balance, gravity and clothing all affect how form acts and reacts," said Bosson. "In Capturing the Gesture, I teach viewers how gestures capture the essence of the pose so they too can recreate the human form in more meaningful ways."

Bosson has been creating and exhibiting fine art, and freelancing as an illustrator, for more than 35 years. He has taught, drawn and painted for prestigious schools, including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Cornell University, College of New Rochelle, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design and Woodbury University. He also spent a brief part of his career serving as a background painter at Hanna-Barbera. In 1995, he was hired as a trainer in Feature Animation at Disney and in 1999 continued as a training consultant to the company while teaching at various institutions. Bosson was later hired to set up an animation department at Woodbury University, which he chaired for three years. In 2009, after eight years as professor emeritus for the college, he retired.

Bosson received his diploma of design from The Cooper Union; studied painting and drawing at the l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, France, on a Fulbright Fellowship; and received his master of fine arts degree from Cornell University in 1966.

To purchase a DVD and download the video, or for further information, please visit: http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/961/.

Further instructional videos on character and creature design can be found at The Gnomon Workshop Character/Creature Design page. For additional info and assets (media only), please visit: LOS ANGELES - October 4, 2011 - She sits in a wooden chair, posing in front of a group of aspiring artists, her form covered, shrouded by a blue blouse. A lift of an arm, a drop of her head, a casual shrug, three different moments are captured on coarse canvas by skilled hands, grasping their brushes. In Drawing the Figure: Volume One - Capturing the Gesture, renowned fine artist and freelance illustrator, Jack Bosson, teaches viewers how to bring the human form to life.

Now available from The Gnomon Workshop, Drawing the Figure: Volume One demonstrates the first of three essential elements - gesture, structure and anatomy - necessary to recreate the human form. Viewers will join Bosson as he taps his 35 years of knowledge and illustrates in vivid detail how gestures establish storytelling and emotion for a given pose.

Whether the subject is standing at attention, or reclining in a moment of reflection, Bosson spends more than 100 minutes exploring the necessary techniques for gesture drawing - rapid-sketch technique, weight distribution and the rhythm of body parts as they adjust to the effects of gravity. Including key concepts like "contrapposto," twist, overlapping shapes and foreshortening, Bosson teaches viewers how to create their own dynamic, lively interpretations of the human form.

"Aspiring artists must learn about the subtle interactions the body has with its environment in order to properly illustrate. Weight, balance, gravity and clothing all affect how form acts and reacts," said Bosson. "In Capturing the Gesture, I teach viewers how gestures capture the essence of the pose so they too can recreate the human form in more meaningful ways."

Bosson has been creating and exhibiting fine art, and freelancing as an illustrator, for more than 35 years. He has taught, drawn and painted for prestigious schools, including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Cornell University, College of New Rochelle, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design and Woodbury University. He also spent a brief part of his career serving as a background painter at Hanna-Barbera. In 1995, he was hired as a trainer in Feature Animation at Disney and in 1999 continued as a training consultant to the company while teaching at various institutions. Bosson was later hired to set up an animation department at Woodbury University, which he chaired for three years. In 2009, after eight years as professor emeritus for the college, he retired.

Bosson received his diploma of design from The Cooper Union; studied painting and drawing at the l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, France, on a Fulbright Fellowship; and received his master of fine arts degree from Cornell University in 1966.

To purchase a DVD and download the video, or for further information, please visit: http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/961/.

Further instructional videos on character and creature design can be found at The Gnomon Workshop Character/Creature Design page. For additional info and assets (media only), please visit: http://bhimpact.gamespress.com/product_page.asp?i=1180

About The Gnomon Workshop

Since 2000, The Gnomon Workshop has provided artists and students with the educational resources they need to succeed as artists in the entertainment industries. Whether they're interested in design, modeling, effects, animation, storytelling or matte painting, these DVDs provide a valuable educational resource for students around the world. The Gnomon Workshop is the sister company of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, which provides professional caliber visual effects instruction to students and professionals in Los Angeles, California.

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