Some Great Practice

I had some appointments today so I didn’t get as much done with my art sessions but I got some great practice in regardless.

What I talk about all the time on my site, and the purpose for my daily art, is that it’s not about doing 8 hours of art a day, or even 2 hours a day. It’s about doing what you can every day and making a commitment that you don’t miss. You can suck, but you can’t miss.

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

I’m still doing my super awesome warm-up every day.

warm-up

For my drawabox.com exercises I’m working on what they call rough perspective. Again, I was thinking that this would be no problem and again I find myself eating my words. This is much harder than I thought and a wonderful exercise with instant feedback.

drawa a box exercises

Steve Huston Form Exercise

This was a quick exercise today, I wanted to move onto other projects so I only did one sheet of drawing the figure with basic forms.

Steve huston form exercise

One Minute Gestures

I love my gesture studies, especially after I’m a couple pages into it. At that point in the drawings I feel that I can actually let go a bit and flow with the information.

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

A thermos full of tea and a cat on a fence. I loved seeing this cat balanced on the fence today while eating my breakfast.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

Art practice even with a packed day.

What needs work?

More focus and mono-tasking throughout the day.

What did I learn?

Exercises to help my knees!

2 Comments

  1. One of the best thing about following your daily art post is definitely that you remind me to practice the fundamentals. I did some of these drawabox exercises ages ago and forgot about them since, but I really need to work them into my warm-up. Also, your gesture drawing has improved so much and they were good to begin with! Is there anything you particularly focus on to capture the flow? Do you try to focus on the spine movements or draw the sides of the body first?

    • Working from Nicolaide’s book and focusing on the big shape of the body really helped with seeing the major axis lines and the gesture/flow of the figure. I always start with the torso and hips for my drawings… well almost all of the time. When you get the big shapes in first and get their gesture right the other parts stick on much easier. Some artists always start with the head, but I find it easier to reference the head size with an already drawn body rather than placing the head and hoping the body doesn’t get too big.

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