How to Draw People: Warm-Up Exercises Before Drawing

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Warming up before drawing is important to loosen up the hands and get your ideas flowing. Complete a few doodles and sketches to warm up with a demonstration from a professional illustrator in this free video on drawing.

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Hi, I'm Michael Weisner. I'm an Animator, Illustrator and Graphic Designer and today, I'm going to show you about some warm-up exercises to do before you start drawing. Let's get started. So, this project you're going to need paper, drawing utensils. Now, when you start drawing exercises, you want to exercise your fingers and your hands. Best things I usually do is, I'll go ahead and stretch them; do a little bends and nothing to pop the knuckles 'cause that usually leads to arthritis. So, just do quick little warm-ups of flexing the fingers. Once that's done, you can take any pen or pencil and just go ahead and start doing some quick little doodles, you know, to help lumbar your wrist a bit more. Just do some quick lines just to strengthen up, you know, get ready for it. And also, it doesn't hurt to go ahead and draw circles or other shapes, to just go ahead and give you ideas on what to do, and just draw some random sketches while you're at it as well. Just FYI, I don't have no idea what I'm drawing, but it looks awesome. And once you feel you're ready to start drawing, go ahead. And those are some exercises. I hope you enjoyed. I'll see you next time.

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