I was lucky enough to get a copy of Michael Hampton's legendary book "Figure drawing : Design and Invention" at the library.
1) The book is awesome, but in the first chapter, although he goes into details on the gesture, he doesn't really show how to start off with the gesture. It would be good if he could put a photo of a model in the book and then show a step-by-step on his gesture drawing to come up with the final completed gesture. All the gestures in his books are very sweet, though. They seem even more energetic compared to Vilppu's.
I can understand the theory behind his S and C curves in the gestures, but the shit I draw out looks totally nothing like his.
Mine looks stiff, and out of proportion, so I was wondering if I should start off with a basic book first and then come to Hampton's book.
2) On page 50 of his book, there's this exercise which he asks you to draw a box and then imagine that box falling off the ledge of a table and then rotate the planes of the box as it falls.
Did you guys struggle when you first start doing this thing? I did just now. This exercise truly fucks and wipes the shit out of my head.
Any advice would be good. Seriously, this book is very epic, though.