Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The 29 Face Challenge (29 Faces In One Sitting?!?)


Since I tend to create a lot of detailed portraits
sometimes I need to play.


When I was in college, my favorite warm-up exercises were the blind contour drawings.  Now, many (many) years later, I sometimes head back to my roots and create blind contours, continuous line drawings, non-dominant hand drawings, and various combinations of them all.  When I need to loosen up, I find the most important thing is just to keep my hand moving quickly.

I'm curious...
What is your favorite way to warm-up?


29 faces challenge


13 comments:

  1. I admire your vast talent as an artist. You also have much wisdom to lend. Thanks for sharing it here <3

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  2. Oh, oh, oh, I've got to go and sit down for a bit, I'm so overwhelmed with the idea of 29 Faces in one day. Feel a bit faint!
    I didn't think it was possible to feel even more in awe of your great talent, but you've really done it now. Wonderful Kristin. They all look so good on the book pages.
    My warm-up - very much what you say, but just one or two drawings on the easel.

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  3. wow 29 faces in one day, you are a marvel Kristin. Afraid I don't warm up, never even thought about it, so thank you for the inspiration. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. 29 Faces … done!

    Your warm-ups are what my finished drawings look like!! these are great!

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  5. Wow! 29 in a day! I can't even do one in a day. ;P Love your ideas and appreciate you sharing. I'll have to try some warm up activities....my time for drawing, doodling, art journaling is so limited that I usually don't do any warm-ups. Something new to try! :)

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  6. omg ..... You finished the challenge in one day! Love each and every one of them .. ♥

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  7. Hee! These are fantastic. I love doing blind drawings - sometimes I'll feel like I'm in a rut and a blind draw is a good way to shock myself out of it.. lol!

    They are terrific faces :D

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  8. Kristin I actually don't have a way to warm up. If I'm sketching then I just open my journal and start. Pretty much the same when I paint. Fantastic that you did 29 in one sitting tho!

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  9. These are so inspirational. They really give ideas about where to distort in order to get different effects. I totally need to do this.

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  10. Super impressed and love the spontaneous flow of faces really look fabulous as a group too! Warm ups usually I do in my head, I sort of sit, and often go through that process in my mind, sometimes I will do a little sketch on the side of a scrap of paper or envelope or lunchbag ;) but even if I can't find it later, it's like that was my warm up and once started on a 'better' surface it sort of evolves from there, I let the results of the marks lead me to expand on the original idea, sort of takes on a life of its own.

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  11. These are fabulous and such fun. I love the fact that they are so different to your detailed portraits.

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  12. You have a wonderful series here! I love blind contour drawing, but, like you, I don't always take the time to do it. The results are always so interesting, I think.

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  13. OMG those contour drawings were mental!!! You really had to give yourself into them but it always helped loose me up. I love these faces! rad

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