Fun Art Workouts

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Drawing Exercise — See And Draw Abstract Shapes

(this week’s exercise)
Look at things, and find the abstract two-dimensional shapes in them. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Textures With a Pen

Draw one-inch rectangles, and try to come up with creative textures to fill them with. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Drawing Lines

This is a set of drawing exercises you can do anywhere and any time. You don’t need any image reference. The exercises help you become better at drawing lines accurately and with intent. They are also great warm-up exercises. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Focal Points

Create a sketch with a strong focal point. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — One Line Art

Drawing something with one single line, letting the pen just roam over the paper, can be really fun—and liberating!

It also often yields beautiful results that look good when framed and hung on a wall, or as a tattoo, or as a social media post. The additional benefit is that you can often create many in a day.

There are communities online where you can find beautiful examples. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Typography

Typography is a fundamental of design and useful to study for any visual artist. Drawing them can lead to beautiful sketchbook pages, and it is fun to design your own type. So open your sketchbook and give it a shot! See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Thumbnail Sketches

Draw many small quick thumbnails to design something. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Cartoonify

Draw cartoon or comic variations of faces. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Head Construction

Try out different ways to construct the head in many orientations. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Gesture Drawing

Gesture drawing is about noting down human poses quickly. This greatly helps you understand poses, how to express emotion through poses, and because of its loose nature it gives you the ability to make your poses more expressive when they feel too stiff. A crucial exercise for any visual artist.

And, it creates beautiful sketchbook pages! See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Draw From Memory

Drawing from memory really is an amazing drawing exercise. I know of no other way to become better at feeling when lines are off.

What’s more, you can even do it if you don’t have drawing tools with you. Just draw it from memory when you get back to your drawing tools. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Frankensteining

Find reference of a pose, and reference of a dressed person, and pose that person in that pose: combine two reference photos and turn it into something new. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Turning Something Into Something Else

Remember when you looked at clouds and saw things in them?

This exercise is something like that. We humans tend so see patterns in things. It is a fun way to jog your creativity. Take a stain or an object and turn it into something else you can see in it. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Drawing From Observation

Find something you think looks beautiful - a human, location, object - and draw it carefully from observation. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Organic Forms

Draw organic volumes. Draw cross-contour lines to to make sure you understand their volumes. See this exercise.

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Drawing Exercise — Primitive Volumes

Everything can be approximated with boxes, spheres, cylinders and cones, and it is a good exercise to practice drawing these from many orientations. See this exercise.


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