Monday, January 29, 2018

Warm Ups for Drawing!

If you google warming-up online, you'll find all sorts of lists to encourage you to do so, but it's all for exercise. I don't find the same for art. Perhaps that's because we seldom do any kind of warm-ups before we draw. The closest I've ever heard of is creating a thumbnail of the subject before you start your work. But I'd like to submit that doing simple warm-ups before you start will help you get loose and help you flex your tactile skills.

Let me suggest the following six warm-ups, along with some drawing examples of how these exercises can help--some can be used interchangeably. By the way, I am placing all my lessons and drawings in journals now. So here's a peak from my warming up page.

Circles and Spiral Lines

For Wassily Kandinsky the circle was supreme: "the circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form, and in balance."

Circles in a Circle,  Kandinsky1923


Part of Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) War and Peace series, this preparatory drawing was one of many in the 1950s. Notice his use of the oval and other shapes. 
Head of a Woman

Straight Lines

I love to pour over the drawings of both Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1660) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Their lines are so crisp and precise but at the same time freeing.  

Bearded Man Looking Down, Rembrandt
Edmond Duranty, 1879  Degas

Curved Lines

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) used the curved line a lot! Look at most of his paintings and you will see a perfect example of curve line use.
Starry Night, 1889, Van Gogh
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452-1519) used the curved line exquisitely. Notice how he uses the curved line for the braids along with delicate lines for the wispy hair.

Study for the head of Leda 1503-7, da Vinici

Angled lines

Again, another example of angle lines and others that Rembrandt's uses in this drawing. It's one of my favorites.

The Card Player, 1641, Rembrandt

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