Capturing the gesture is vital in any figure drawing. You don’t want the subject to appear static, like ancient Egyptian figures carved in stone. They need to have personality and emotion. Each face has that even in sleep. Capturing that certain something that makes your child yours is what artists work a lifetime to achieve. The gesture could be the way the child holds his mouth, a tilt of the head, a glance of the eye or a hand gesture with the face. All these work together to create a statement in one picture. “I’m happy.” “I’m bored.” “I’m thinking.” “I’m depressed.” The longer you know someone, the more you can tell their mood by simply looking into their face. Here I have tried to put that onto paper for everyone to see.
What do you think?