Rusty sketch hand

notes - studies

2013 June 23

Got the rusty sketch hand.
More than a decade has passed since I drew on a regular basis.

Here's what worked to get my hands warmed up.

I thought, start loose and small -- the amateur's way -- pick a face.
Easiest thing to draw for artists on rebound.

Steven | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Also the laziest idea to draw.
See it all the time -- eyes, nose, lips, hair.

Daniel | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

It's for the same reason I find face portraits the least interesting to revisit in my sketchbook.
More of the body would make it slightly better-looking.

James | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Steven | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Male subjects work well with this 5-minute ballpoint no-erasure approach.

Philip | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

I tried female subjects but they were just not conducive to the same amount of squiggles and hatches --
of which my drawing hand needed plenty for practice.

Ayaan | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Back to male subjects.
More fun to hash out.

Gore | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Eventually, backgrounds got in there too.

Gore | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

Stephen | ballpoint sketch by Cat S.

I don’t know if this warm-up exercise will work on other folks reviving an ol’ drawing hand.
At this point I felt mine had fully warmed up.

Ready for the next exercise.
Larger goal was to get back to drawing comics...

Materials used:
Faber-Castell Ball Pen Grip X5 0.5mm Black
A6 sketchbook 165 gsm