I decided to use my charcoals, the ones I have almost never used although I had them already for several years.
I drew the vertical lines trying to keep it slow and be mindful of what I am doing because naturally I wanted to speed up.
When I filled the page with vertical lines I thought to go on with horizontal ones. I liked to draw lines with the charcoal block, it gives a very pleasing effect.
Because I also decided to do 3 value exercises, recommended on the same blog, I thought to combine it with my lines. See the photo above.
I must say that keeping slow was not always easy and I had to remind myself: “Slow down, slow down”, which helps for some short time. Then when I notice that I am speeding up, I say my “slow down” again.
– Keeping slow is not natural for me but possible to train I guess. After I have finished the exercise I went on to study Ears. And here I had to remind myself to slow down again and again.
– When I pay attention and slow down, I get nicer lines and cleaner shading results.
– I enjoy the slow drawing process.
Now I will do these exercises for one week and see what I gain from them.