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On the Importance of Warm-ups

Right: Another in my series “deconstructing” my 2008 State Fair sketches. This page spread is in a 6 x 9 inch (approx.) journal made with Zerkal's Nideggen paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

No this isn’t another cold weather post. The type of warm-up I want to mention today is the warm-up of hand-eye coordination when you are drawing. The  journal spread on the right shows that sometimes I can jump into a drawing without being sufficiently warmed up. The large sketch on the recto page started with the eye but is really nothing more than a contour drawing. It’s the begining of a discussion between me, the subject, and the paper, but only the first utterance.

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