Do some more ref drawing then try some timed poses on your own. Gestures are basically stick figures telling a story, its not about looking pretty at first. If you need more analysis of the figure, try drawing geometric forms. Do some timed poses and go back over Marcs figure drawing lesson.
So, with gesture, at least the way I learned it, the idea is to find an action line, or basic movement of the pose. I usually think of it as a couple of lines at most - one going from the head down to the ground, following the main long axis of the figure, and maybe one or two more to get the basic idea of what the arms or whatever are doing. It's not really about copying the contour, although you can use a very simple contour idea to draw the gesture, too. Glenn does some of that. I think the short answer is that the gesture is the quickest, broadest idea of the pose. Analysis is more of a later stage, as you develop the construction of the figure and the basic forms and such. Does that answer your question?
jesterworks_ca [11:49 AM]
So is the action line the same as axis line?
catherine_b [11:52 AM]
Well it will depend on what the figure is really doing, and not necessarily is it the axis of the figure. It's more like the axis of the pose, what is the main through line of the pose. It won't always line up with the spine or anything.
jesterworks_ca [11:54 AM]
Ok, but the action line is always their regardless?
catherine_b [11:55 AM]
Yeah, just a very simple expression of what the figure is doing. And then you build on that and elaborate and add construction and form and such.