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.
Also the laziest idea to draw.
See it all the time -- eyes, nose, lips, hair.
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.
Male subjects work well with this 5-minute ballpoint no-erasure approach.
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.
Back to male subjects.
More fun to hash out.
Eventually, backgrounds got in there too.
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...
Faber-Castell Ball Pen Grip X5 0.5mm Black
A6 sketchbook 165 gsm