Creative Exercise – Shadow sketch

Published March 9, 2017, by Stina Axelson

To get your creativity going we have put together a few improvising exercises. Discovering new techniques, tools and materials will lead to new ideas and creativity will occur when you go against your own expectations and out of your comfort zone.

If you prefer using a pencil and have a tendency to erase your lines until perfection, use a sharpie instead. If you get caught in details, use a timer. Try not to be precious about your work, instead go with the flow.

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The purpose of this exercise is to emphasise the mass and volume of the subject, rather than the detail.

Collect objects that you would like to sketch, for example plants, flowers or leaves that you can find in the surroundings. Make sure you have a strong light at hand (for example the sun), pieces of paper and a selection of pens, crayons, watercolour and other painting mediums.

  1. Hold the object above the paper to create a shadow.
  2. Draw a contour of the object and focus on the edges. Try to be quick instead of getting caught on the details. Spend 2 minutes on the sketch.
  3. Once you have sketched the object you can repeat the process again, work on the details of the object, fill the empty space with colour and details, or take the sketch in which ever direction you find suitable.

This is a great exercise that relies more on the sensation of drawing than creating an accurate silhouette. It´s important that you are guided by instinct. This might be one of the first steps in creating a paniting, but on its own it can also be a an expressive art form.

The importance is the process, not the final product.

If you’d like to share what you make, just put it up on Instagram hashtag it #thecraftlabstockholm

See you out there!

//Stina – Craft Space

Stina Axelson

Stina Axelson

Always making and creating and fun to hang out with. She finds it hard to follow instructions and keeps a box of treasured papers.