Thursday, January 7, 2010
As you can probably tell, I've never had a drawing class. I think I learned this exercise from an earlier edition of Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards. Some artists use this exercise to loosen up their strokes. I use it to sharpen my observation skills, particularly when I'm trying to get in the right mode to simplify and abstract what I see so it becomes what I see.
When I do this exercise in workshops, I know it scares some students. I suspect they think they're "no good" at drawing with their dominant hand so they'll be terrible with their non-dominant hand. And they're really surprised at the results. But remember, the point here isn't the resulting image -- it's the warm-up. Try it and let me know what you think.