In the last post, I focused on 4 areas to train your hands to follow your eyes.
- Cutting detail shapes with scissors.
- Tracing pictures accurately.
- Making models…etc.
- Taking time to examine things closely. [ I will post later ]
So one of the exercises to try every day is to look around, whether at home or at a park and pick a subject. Then focus your eyes on the exterior of the object and start a line drawing without looking at your page or lifting your pen or pencil off the page. Remember only draw the outer edges of the subject.
Now you will get this result at first. This is my hand. Even though it is sloppy did you notice that the crinkles, bumps, and wrinkles are being addressed! But the edges of the drawing went off the paper, so what, what matters is the fact that the eye is guided by the hand, developing hand-eye coordination. Once you start doing this for awhile you will become comfortable going slower and with more precision… so whether you are drawing your pile of dirty laundry or your sister sitting on the floor watching t.v. you will have a great time seeing the results. This exercise will help you with quick sketches as well. Remember to date and sign your work and 20 yrs later you will remember what you drew.