— Alex Karras (thinkexist.com)
artofjessecoy said: Hello. Huge fan of your artwork especially your morning coffee sketches. I'm trying to get in the habit of doing morning sketches myself. Just a couple questions. How much time do you usually spend on a morning sketch? How often do you do a morning sketch?
I spend 10-25 minutes. If some I think are worthy of being on someone’s wall, I’ll take even longer. Depends on the sketch/idea and do I want to take further or just move on. I choose the time based off my feelings at the time. I try to do morning warm ups every morning. It’s routine and I suggest every artist do their version of it. It’s mental and dexterity work outs. I do it during coffee so my brain starts getting in tune with my fingers and hand eye coordination.
My early warm up used to be merely circles and shapes. Nothing was a subject. Just shapes and sipping coffee. Then I moved on to sections in my portfolio I thought needed work. It became a page of hands, feet, eyes, etc. Now, it’s ideas and characters I see.
Doesn’t matter what subject matter or idea it is, but I think it’s imperative to engage in the activity. Even if that first hour of your day wields no good results (happens to me often), it’s art for arts sake, your sake, and no one Else’s. That’s important, that’s powerful, and keeps you in line with yourself as an artist. Far too often we just sit down and make stuff for instagram, or clients, or whatever. But that time, that’s yours. An hour a day.
On weekends I modify it. I sit and read from an art book or movie director and let it flow. If I’m engaged at the moment, I keep reading. If the book engages my creative energy I put it down and draw for myself.
Hope that helps.
That’s a good one