Short Drawing Tip #2 - Warm-up

Warm-up your drawing hand inside and out!
Sounds weird?

Over the last few years I have started to feel the flexibility leave my nibble fingers.
The result of 20 plus years of heavy carrying, pulling, lumbering and shovelling I donated to equine maintenance.

Two years ago, I wrote this post Hot mugs and sketched circles  in which I explain the benefits of holding a hot mug of water for as long as possible letting the heat penetrate as deeply as possible (outside warm-up) and how I then follow-up by scribbling in quick succession a series of mad circles swooping them in all directions (inside warm-up).

Actually, the post gains a wee bit more depth and explains how Renoir battled with arthritis ... ( if you have a minute you really should have a read or re-read: it's still amazes me how he (Renoir) overcomes crippling pain to produce such beauty.)

Today, I have added another step  to my routine and that is to scrunch (10-20 times) a miniature rugby ball (gets the blood flowing nicely).







Tip #2
Warm up your hand, arm, shoulder, body before starting a drawing session.
This really makes getting into a flow and finding a good rhythm that much easier. May sound mad but the result on paper has proved it to be well worth it!


p.s: if you missed tip #1(Paper Choice)  no problemo here's the link

Comments

susi said…
Brilliant stuff. Thank you :) (My scrunch-ball is a small Earth. Helps to get on top of things :) )
Thank you, Sheona. That is very good advice. I am outside caring for horses in all weather, too, and my hands really dislike the cold.
Em Parkinson said…
Great tip again....I never do that but will from now on!
Susi: must admit the rugby ball is also used in times of frustration and stress a s well;)
Studio at the Farm: I hear you the cold just goes right though and really makes my hands very clumsy.
Em: thank you!. I'm sure you'll feel a difference.
Susi: must admit the rugby ball is also used in times of frustration and stress a s well;)
Studio at the Farm: I hear you the cold just goes right though and really makes my hands very clumsy.
Em: thank you!. I'm sure you'll feel a difference.

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