Last week, I posted about why I think accuracy training is so useful for realist artists.
One of the comments on that post came from someone who was a little put out that I hadn’t actually added any accuracy training exercises. Well, this site is pretty thick with drawing, painting and composition exercises of various kinds and flavours. Perhaps I’m not making it easy enough to find them.
Nonetheless, I thought I’d post an actual exercise for this week’s blog post.
The video is a step by step guide to the approach I use myself for my own sight size block ins. This drawing practice is low pressure enough to make it possible to do often – I usually spend 30 minutes to an hour on each one – but demanding enough to stretch your ability to judge and replicate shape.
The set up is fairly simple, but you will need a decent easel that you can position vertically.
If you want to warm up before doing and exercise like this, I highly recommend the “Origin – Destination” exercise from the superb Language of Drawing program from Anthony Waichulis. This program is a series of gradually building exercises on DVD, carefully crafted to help you develop drawing skills. It’s based on the principles of deliberate practice and I can’t say enough good things about it.
Here’s a quick (fairly rough!) video of how I do that exercise:
The sight size block in exercise is from my own online drawing membership program, Creative Triggers. The main emphasis of this program is on developing a daily drawing practice habit in order to build your skills more effectively.
It includes a series of exercises designed to develop a regular practice habit, fluency with materials, accuracy and design. If you prefer to practice as part of a group, sharing your progress and helping and supporting others, you might like it. It’s very low cost and has helped a lot of people get their regular art practice established.
And please do give that exercise a go. Work with it for a while and I guarantee that your ability to accurately replicate shape – and a lot of other drawing skills too – will develop significantly.
Best wishes and thanks for reading,
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