There seems to be a lot of confusion among artists about what gesture drawing really is and how they should be approaching it.
Gesture drawing is simply the act of drawing the action that the figure (or any living creature) is performing. Doing it regularly will develop your skill in capturing the life and vitality of the figure. This is an essential skill for drawing believable characters.
The funny thing is that capturing the right gesture for my characters used to be the part of drawing I struggled with the most. It was quite frustrating to spend hours on a character design just trying to get the gesture right! This frustration set me on a path to acquire the necessary knowledge to master gesture drawing. As my understanding of the subject started to grow, it quickly became one of my favorite activities. I find the act of capturing the energy and effort that goes into performing an action quite satisfying. It also gave me a whole new level of appreciation for the human figure and life itself.
In this tutorial I explain some key concepts that you should understand in order to capture the life and energy of the human figure. Then I present a gesture drawing process that combines both drawing and design principles to help you achieve the best results in your figures and characters. To conclude, I show and explain how this applies to character design.
Accompanying the written tutorial are 15 video demonstrations of the subjects covered.
Below are some sample pages. You can get the full tutorial for $25 (PayPal accepted).
Take note that the content in these tutorials is a structured teaching on the thought process and visual tools that you can use to effectively capture the human figure in action. The accompanying videos are exclusive to these tutorials and thus not the same as my free YouTube videos, which are essentially just tips on how to improve your gesture drawings.