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    Drawing exercise ideas

    I've found that I have better practice sessions when there's some sort of outline or goal I need to work towards to. I'm sure thats the case with most others. So I usually make myself a few timed drills, which just helps me focus a bit better
    Anywho, this topic is for sharing similar ideas around.
    One that I like doing a lot is taking an object from my desk; can be anything really, and setting a 30 minute timer and drawing the object from every angle possible.
    Or if you're feeling up to it, drawing 1 of every item on your desk. Works best if you have a messy desk like me.
    Or if you're feeling particularly masochistic, you could try drawing each item on your desk for 30 mins each. Consider that a marathon event, or the spartan exercise of drawing.

    Feel free to share anything else! It can anything other than line drawing too.


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    Three-drawing memory training:
    1. Take a good look at the subject, then stop looking at it and try to draw it from memory.
    2. Do a more proper study of the same subject.
    3. Draw the subject from memory again.
    If you want to set a timer, Drawings 1 and 3 should be given the same times in all cases. Drawing 2 can be given a longer time if you prefer, so if you want to do the whole thing in 30 minutes, maybe break it up into 6/18/6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodrick View Post
    Hi friend!
    I like your ideas and thanks for ideas
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    Art ideas not spam ideas you silly goose!
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    Hi friend!
    I like your ideas and thanks for ideas
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    So erm, your idea is that we grab a sketchbook and go to New Delhi?
    Well, OK, I'm sure I can probably get some pretty unique sketches during a rafting or bungee jump... CA action workshop, yay!

    I'm a beginner so I have just a few days ago started the following basic exercises: Focus on each at a time or together: Value, perspective, composition, light, reflections, texture, and just in general making things look exciting using these "effects"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixtar View Post
    So erm, your idea is that we grab a sketchbook and go to New Delhi?
    It's a spambot, don't bother with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    It's a spambot, don't bother with it.
    That spambot was rather encouraging....Getting more humane every year...

    Anyway, The most efficient exercise I've done so far was to pick a specific topic,Then just draw or paint it 10 times in a row or more.

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    If you're going to quote spam, remove the link next time. I have enough clearing up to do without members adding to it.

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    @ Tiny Bird: I actually started out thinking it could have been a real person :p

    @ Black Spot: OK, sorry didn't know. But I will remember it if I ever need to quote one again

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    I still practice just making marks on a large 18x24 pad to give me control. Controlling your mark making is important, and when you isolate it you stop thinking about making a drawing and focus just on making the correct mark. It also makes you more aware about the elegance and beauty of the marks you make when you do draw something.

    I do things like simple curves, s curves or circles, where I vary the weight and thickness and darkness of the line so that sometimes the weight is at the beginning of the mark sometimes its in the middle and sometimes its at the end. I'll do pages of these for fifteen or twenty minutes as warm-ups to give me more control when I want to draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    I still practice just making marks on a large 18x24 pad to give me control. Controlling your mark making is important, and when you isolate it you stop thinking about making a drawing and focus just on making the correct mark. It also makes you more aware about the elegance and beauty of the marks you make when you do draw something.

    I do things like simple curves, s curves or circles, where I vary the weight and thickness and darkness of the line so that sometimes the weight is at the beginning of the mark sometimes its in the middle and sometimes its at the end. I'll do pages of these for fifteen or twenty minutes as warm-ups to give me more control when I want to draw.

    Oh, forgot to mention that I'm big on isolating parts of an object if I'm having trouble on them.
    This can be an exercise in itself, selecting a subject and drawing its parts separately. Works quite well on foreshortened limbs

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    Do five 30 second gestures drawings. Then go back and complete them without reference.

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    Boxman work on those form directions. You can use reference or work from memory. Good for proportions, perspective, and helps your life-drawing
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    As a warm-up before drawing sessions, I'll typically do a blind contour of my hand (surprisingly it gets better and more accurate the more I do it...) and then some gesture drawings which appear to be Vilppu-like

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