Do You Draw, Make Music, Write, Play or Work Creatively on a Regular Basis?
Here is an exercise adapted from The Joy of Drawing by Gerhard Gollwitzer to get the drawing juices flowing.
First, it is recommended that you stand while drawing to provide maximum freedom of movement.
Next, find a large sheet of paper. It can be the paper stuffed into the shipping box as filler, newsprint, or actual drawing paper. Lay your paper out on a sturdy table.
Choose a drawing implement. I like a drawing pencil but you can use a pen, a crayon, pastel, or charcoal.
Hold your implement loosely in your hand using your fingers and thumb (not like you are writing)
Now, draw a square in the air above your paper. Keep drawing the same square over and over until you land on the paper Continue drawing the square over and over. Don’t lift your pencil but draw long enough to get a feeling of the square drawing surface.
Start moving towards the inside of the square with horizontal and vertical lines.
Draw from the center of your body Rather than your wrist. The power should run from the center of your body, through your shoulder and arm to the point of the pencil.
Conquer the drawing surface from a square with parallel lines move to diagonals.
Starting in the same way, draw a circle and allow it to spiral inwards.
On a new sheet of paper start in the middle and spiral outwards emphasizing the final circle by redrawing it several times.
Let your pencil run along the inside edge of the circle in large or small spirals. Always draw everything without lifting your pencil and draw boldly.
Fill circles with all kinds of lines.
From circles progress to the figure 8.