Objective: to help you tune in to drawing as an activity.
You Will Need
- Pen or pencil
- Collection of small objects
Your challenge is to draw a collection of tiny objects – by tiny we mean things which are roughly the size of a five pence piece – things like small shells, pebbles, leaves, beads, screws. Popcorn also makes a good subject matter and even dead flies if you can find a few.
Start by scattering the objects over a large, clean sheet of paper. Take a pen or sharp pencil, and make sure you are near to the objects so that you can really see all their detail.
Begin by making sketches on the page, amongst the objects themselves. You should be making tiny movements with your fingers and hands – drawing from the wrist, but other than that draw however you feel most comfortable. This exercise is just to help you focus, relax, and begin to coordinate hand and eye, so don’t worry too much about results or technique.
Hold a sharp pencil or a pen at the very top (i.e. away from the drawing end). This means you have less control over the marks you make. Keeping your pen or pencil upright, make more drawings of the small objects. Watch how having less control makes the marks you make more “spidery”. Does it make your drawings more or less intense? Keep trying – it takes practice.