Figuary Day 24: Warm Up Exercises for Figure Drawing

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Hi life drawing friends!

On Day 24 of Figuary, we look at something often overlooked – warming up for your figure drawing session. I find my practice always seems to go better when I have warmed up.

It’s useful to get your mind ready – to set the expectation that you’re going to learn from the practice today, not that you’re going to do great drawings. Then it’s useful to warm up your arm with some simple lines connecting two points. From there, I like to draw some 3D shapes like cubes, cylinders and spheres.

Some other drawing exercises I like to do are to put down some shapes and hatch them, and also doing some dynamic figures from imagination.

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We are posting daily life drawing guidance videos – one useful tip about drawing figures each day, all structured to build on each other across the 28 days. Croquis Cafe will be posting daily practice sessions – life models posing for you to draw.

The idea is that you draw, even if only a little bit, each day for 28 days – the perfect amount of time to build a good drawing habit. Along the way, we will also start looking at powerful techniques to help take your drawings to the next level.

This first week was all about seeing the most important angles and curves in the pose. The second week was about the light and dark in the pose. The third week was about making confident and expressive marks on the paper. The fourth week is about gesture and other additional tips.

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