Expressionistic drawing. By Giulio Porta  
Expressionism has its roots in Europe, as a art movement, but it occasionally appears in all cultures throughout history when allowed by style and tradition.


"Prisoner", by Giulio Porta 2001. ink and wash.

Expressionism is an an art movement dominant in Germany from 1905-1925, especially the brain child of artist groups like Die Brücke (the bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (the blue rider), which are usually referred to as German Expressionism. The movement spread to other European countries, and South America. Some precursors of Expressionism are Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903) and others.

One of the most famous expressionistic images is Edward Munch's "The Scream".


In your drawing expression can be achieved in many different ways, but it is usually achieved best with body gestures and facial expression, as well as with strong and moody colors.

Facial feature are more interesting to some, but they are much more difficult to handle because they may contain more details and subtle variations, and they are always subjected to more scrutiny.


"Swimmer of the Red Sea"  by Giulio Porta, CG

Strong colors and expressive gestures are a good combination for expressionistic art.

"Soccer Player", by Giulio Porta, CG

Soccer can be as sport full of emotions, for spectators and even more so for players after a goal is scored.

"Floor Exercise" Giulio Porta 2012, CG