I recently started taking a gesture class at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art . Each week there is a model dressed in a themed costume with most of the poses in the 2 to 3 minute range. It's an amazing class instructed by Mark McDonnell . He places a huge emphasis on storytelling and encourages us to stop and think for a quick moment at the start of each pose to imagine who this person is, what are they doing and what are they thinking. Mark is always trying to push us in a way that is tailored to each artist and the passion he has for drawing is completely infectious and makes it a lot of fun.