Recently I've started doing warm up drawings pretty regularly. I used to do them occasionally when I felt like I 'had time' but it wasn't a normal part of my drawing practice. I knew that warm-up drawings were 'good for you' but I never really understood what is was you got out of them until just now. For me they're a way to get out all my 'bad ideas' and 'bad drawings' so that I can start stiff and get looser and get lost in making an idea rather than just shapes or a 'pretty picture' (my most dreaded and most often told critique!!) They also help on days when I'm feeling exhausted and pretty inspired--I can turn on a quick show and just draw sort of whatever comes to mind--like pictures of me drinking coffee or looking tired or scenes from books I've been reading or weird ideas and concepts I see on Tumblr. I'm learning that my best ideas are definitely NOT my first and often I'm not even sure what I want to do on my first drawing but they get better as I go...So far I think it might also be helping my animation --which has gotten more loose at the beginning and I feel like I can more confidently get my poses right or at least work on them until the ARE right. So more warm-ups it is! :)
When you need to loosen up apparently you need need to draw on a bumby train--here's a few sketches from my train ride home last night. Usually the train is bouncy and too annoying to write or draw but the internet wasn't working so I started trying to get more into story and character in a few sketches--some sketches are of me on a train, and from a medieval book I keep trying to read and a myth we just read for my mythology class--pretty fun! I'll have to make a habit out of this.
Hopefully I'll be able to turn a couple of them into Inktobers and catch up tonight!
I'm trying to develop a process for painting and on work on these few in the same way for each one--What I've been doing is drawing a very detailed image, tracing the image on to vellum with a pen and doing an image transfer to get it to the canvass--I want my new paintings to have more volume and shape so I'm working for create a strong under painting in sepia before doing the details--hopefully it all pays off!