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Exercise 28. Cup and Hand

Now something that is very simple and accessible to stage. Observe your nondrawing hand resting on the desk. Lift it from its starting position, grab a cup that’s farther away, bring the cup toward you, and then finally place it down on the desk just a little nearer than where your hand originally started. It’s a simple action, but if you break it down into a minimum of 8 gesture drawings, you’ll see that this simple piece of sequential action contains more underlying movements and shifts of planes than you could possibly have imagined. For example, note the angles of the cup as the hand picks it up and moves it toward you, as well as the curved paths of action that your hand and the cup define as they moves from beginning to end. (Take no more than 2 minutes to complete each drawing.)