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Drawing Warm Up Exercises

Updated on June 4, 2010

Drawing Work Out

It's not about the end result as much, it is about the taking part and creating ideas in art, because everyone has ideas within them and as an artist these need to be expressed through the process of art.

Making a time before you start to draw is essential for these warm up exercises to benefit your drawing activities and this is some of the drawing basics you should be thinking of, I do 15 minutes each morning to get my hand into the mood of drawing anything, my hand is like the olympic drawing hand, it needs to practice before it runs on the page.

Drawing warm up exercises come in useful to get your drawing hand ready and they are easy to do each day in your daily routine and all they involve are little scribbles and spirals like in the pictures below.


Drawing Warm Ups

Scribbles and other warm up exercises for drawing.
Scribbles and other warm up exercises for drawing.

More Drawing Exercise Warm Ups

Drawing random pencil marks and scribbles, loosens your drawing hand.
Drawing random pencil marks and scribbles, loosens your drawing hand.

Hand To Eye Co-ordination

Drawing warm up exercises train your hand eye co-ordination and focuses them to draw better with improved concentration and daily sketching practices that help your drawing methods.

Sometimes starting to sketch without a plan of what you are goin to draw can challenge your drawing ability to test your artistic might and often produces good results for new drawing concepts. If you think about the act of drawing, the preparation is much similar to writing or running a marathon and anything else that requires your mind to be in an ordered mind set for letting your creativity flow.

So the next time when you begin to draw, remember that if you struggle to get any sketching done, then you most certainly need to prepare by doing the warm up exercises in drawing every single day you need to get stuff drawn.

A drawing routine is essential for stuff to happen!

If you keep up on your drawing warm ups, then you will be creating works of art all day long.

Random Drawing And Fast Sketching

Sometimes a bit of free drawing and quick sketching can really give you the energy to follow through and create some great art, free drawing is the act of sketching, but you just draw what ever comes to mind, you don't think about it, just draw it and this helps you free the drawing hand and also gives you confidence with quick sketching, so that you are able to sketch stuff quite quickly.

Drawing quickly is useful if you want to get a load of ideas down on paper in a short amount of time, so that you can process these quick sketches and develop them further straight after, because the business of drawing stuff takes time, you do need to learn how to work quicker and get more work done.

Drawing Exercises - How Do You Warm Up For Drawing?

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      8 years ago

      you're scribbling on a page, which isn't preparing your mind to draw anything. repetitive formless movement is something people associate with exercise, but often erroneously apply to drawing. Drawing warm ups take the form of lots of quick sketches without any focus on correctness or detail, not random marks on a page.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      This was something I learned at college and through my distance learning efforts, to do at least 15 minutes of random sketching in the morning before anything else. I've come up with a few good ideas doing this way of working and I don't know about anyone else, but in the morning ideas seem to happen better than any other time of the day!!

      Cheers Sweetiepie! 89 more hubs to go!!!

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      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Just wanted to commend you for taking on the challenge to write a hundred hubs this month. My art teacher in high school was excellent, and I remember how she always recommend practicing drawing for a set time each day as opposed to watching television. Just think if we were to stop watching fifteen minutes of tv each day and practice sketching as you have outlined in your hub, I am sure we could all improve our technique, and find more inspiration. Great idea!


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