The gesture drawing is a quick study completed in a very short period of time. This drawing was executed in under 30 seconds. Often, artists use such rapid-fire drawings as a way to warm up at the beginning of a session. The technique is also helpful in situations where one needs to capture the essence of a scene in a short period of time or where there is movement or a constantly changing scene. Gesture drawings lack the detail that is in more finished drawings. Drawing in this manner also cultivates hand-eye co-ordination, which is important when working from life. Those are the nuts-and-bolts explanations. The beauty of these drawings is the energy they posses, the purity and diversity of mark, and the ability to convey a great deal of information very efficiently. It is the life and energy in the mark that I find most beautiful and magical. To me that is what drawing is about.