Monday, March 14, 2011

Drawing Practice

Hi. Jane Davies here. I've started a Friday Drawing Practice series on my blog, in which, for six Fridays I will post a new drawing "tutorial". I put "tutorial" in quotes, because it's not a how-to-draw series so much as a sharing of practices that I find very useful for keeping my creativity flowing. When in doubt, draw. It never ceases to make me slow down, pay attention, bring me back to the present moment.

This Sketchbook Challenge has helped me immensely to keep my drawing and sketching practice alive, and I am grateful to all the talented and generous participants as well as to all of you who are posting on our flickr site.

Blind Scribble

The Blind Scribble is a good place to begin if you are either new to drawing or haven’t done it for a while. Maybe you paint, collage, sew or make assemblage with abandon, but drawing, for some reason, intimidates you. Even if you draw on a regular basis, this first practice brings you back to basics.

You need:
A pen
Other drawing materials (optional)

Put the piece of paper in front of you on your work surface. Place the pen somewhere on the paper. Close your eyes. Draw. Just move the pen around, slowly exploring the paper. Focus on the sensation of moving the pen over the paper. Now try different kinds of lines, still with your eyes closed: try wavy lines, saw tooth lines, broken lines, smooth lines, jagged lines…. Move faster, move more slowly. When you’ve had enough, stop and open your eyes. Get another sheet of paper and repeat the process.

Ways to vary this exercise:

Draw to music: draw to slow, melodic music; draw to fast rhythmic music; draw to music you hate; draw to atmospheric, non-rhythmic music. Keep your eyes closed and give your whole being over to the sound and the feeling of drawing.

Switch drawing materials: Change to a brush-tip marker, a crayon, a colored pencil, a thick graphite stick, a piece of charcoal… This one is charcoal, then I brushed water over the drawing.

Make one blind scribble drawing; switch material and make another drawing over the first one.

I used water-soluble pencil for the second blind drawing over the marker original. Then I brushed water over the pencil.

Make a blind scribble drawing, then, with your eyes open, draw or paint into it or over it with a different material.
In this one I did a blind scribble in white crayon over the first blind scribble, then painted into it with watercolor.
For more drawing exercises, see the Tutorials page. I hope you enjoy these exercises; thanks for visiting!


  1. Looks like fun, have to try this!

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Jane.

  3. Somehow, this does not look like what a nice creation

  4. Jane--those are so great! I really love them. I'm going to share them with my new sketch group. Thanks so much for sharing your special Fridays!

  5. I know where I'll be on Fridays. This is great, Jane. Thanks.


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