Gesture drawings are quick (usually a minute or less) drawings meant to capture the entire subject and energy of a pose, instead of focusing on small details or proper proportions. I use gesture often to either loosen up before drawing or as the beginning of a longer drawing. Today in my figure drawing class we focused entirely on gesture drawings and did some crazy variations of the exercise.
Here are some regular gesture drawings:
Then we tried blind gesture drawing, where we weren't allowed to look at the paper:
Then we tried using both hands simultaneously:
Then we used our non-dominant hand:
Lastly, here's a couple longer poses- 5 to 10 minutes:
I'm not sure if I learned anything with the crazy variations of gesture drawings, but I had fun and made a mess, and sometimes that's all art has to be about.