If you haven't drawn for a while you're probably feeling apprehensive. Drawing is like walking - or it can be! You can choose to put one foot in front of the other, go through a series of steps. But most of us walk without thinking and draw whilst overthinking! We are full of 'should' and ideas of what a drawing 'should be'.
For me a drawing is part of my research process. In my sketchbook it isn't a finished piece in its own right, it's an exploration. Drawing is about learning to co-ordinate your hand and your eye. Some where along the way hopefully some magic happens.
What we are not going to do today is freak out and give ourselves a negative commentary. We are going to draw - in multiple ways - multiple times and see where that gets us. Hopefully a couple of things will work for us that we can practice and build upon. Each of us is at a different stage on our creative journey - give yourself permission to begin again. And also permission to not be perfect. I often ask people why they come on my courses and they tell me they like the simple way I draw. But then when given permission to simplify they feel that their drawing isn't enough. You are enough!
I have devised a series of drawing exercises to get you started - try these on any paper with any drawing tool. But shake it up - use some dark paper and a white pen, try envelopes or brown paper. You can draw on coloured or painted paper - with a biro, a pencil, ink and a stick. Challenge yourself to try different combinations.
Before you get going you need to gather together your art supplies - A3 paper will give you some space to draw - or tape together some A4.
You will also need a set-up to draw from. This could be a bunch of flowers in a vase, or an assortment of objects, for example vegetables on a plate of fruits in a bowl. Go for a balance of different shapes and textures, so there are shapes as well as linear line based qualities to give you some different challenges.
Remember not to whisper! When you draw a shape go for it. Keep the mark flowing. Let your lines flow through and over each other. Draw out to the edges of the page - don't sit the drawing in the centre of the page.
Remember to look before you draw. Doing a continuous line drawing challenges your brain - you slow down and really look. You also break down some of the expectations of what a drawing is - you will not have the same control and this can lead to some happy accidents.
It's time to take a break and grab a cuppa. Come over to the forum and say hello and share your first experiments. Be brave - the whole point is to get lose and break down barriers to putting marks down. You've done the hard work of starting!