The warm-up

Sketchbook and pen in hand in front of a blank page.
Sitting on the floor—slightly nervous.
Ready to start the first sketch of the day.


I tend to study the perspective, proportions, and the relations between the objects in front of me with a swift analytic drawing. This analytic exercise is meant to be rough and quick, a loose approximation to something I want to sketch. In theory, it's a draft and not the finished thing, so I don't have to worry about it being perfect. There's some sort of freedom I don't usually get when trying to do a finished drawing that I get when I know a drawing "doesn't count." It's just a warm-up.

One of these warm-up drawings preceded my sketch of La Farola, but this time, as often occurs, I ended up doing a full sketch over what was meant to be a simple study. Here, I played with my watercolors in a way I'm often scared of.


The warm-up is done.
Pressure fades away.
Ready for the next page.


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