Getting the day started

Part of what gets me going for the day is the warmup sketches. Why are they important? For a couple of reasons:

1. Get all the BAD stuff out
I read somewhere that you have 10,000 BAD drawings in you... after that, you start churning out some good ones. This is kind what it's like for me in the morning, or just before I get to the heavy work. I have to let my brain filter out the bad stuf, because I often go for a pose or a face or something, and it looks like I drew it in the 3rd grade. Sometimes the drawing is on 4th grade level. But anyway, I do this for about 45 minutes or so. Sometimes, I stretch it to 90 minutes... then I'm ready for anything!

2. Sets the tone for the day
When you warm up, you kind of feel good about what you're doing. At least, that's how I feel. If I go straight to something, I get frustrated and I get bored. After I've stuck with the warm up, loosening up my hands and clearing the fog from my brain, the rest of the day is a little easier. 9 times out of ten, the day won't be filled with self loathing, and a pile of crumpled paper (this works for digital art too, by the way).

Anyway, hope that helps! It helps me.

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