APRIL: 3 Min Challenge - HANDS

May 4, 2018

3 minutes of drawing per day are enough to get addicted to drawing, I can assure you that :)

The basic idea behind the 3 Min Challenge is to have a regular drawing practice without a lot of stuff to prepare before. No specific time or material needed. You simple doodle on a sheet of paper for 3 minutes, either with a pen oder a pencil. The reason why I am starting this challenge is, because I am not really satisfied with my 'hand' drawings. So I decided to practice them every day a few minutes. That's why the 3 Minutes Drawing Challenge topic of April are hands :) Maybe you share my drawing difficulties of hands. You are welcome to join me!

No matter why you join. Maybe you start the challenge, because you have never drawn anything before and you are just eager to experience, how it feels like to draw. Or maybe you would like to test, if your drawings are really getting better every day. Or maybe you have the same idea behind as I do: improving your 'hand' drawings.

Feel free to tag your pics with #3mindrawing @baumann_illustration. If you only want to practice for yourself, it’s absolutely ok, to keep it just for you. There’s no wrong and right. #feelthedrawing

Doodling for fun for 3 minutes a day willl improve your drawing skills automatically.

By the way, there's a great side effect: drawing releases tensions. you simply relax, when you are totally focused on your drawing. Your whole body is concentrated on the drawing, no thoughts for other topics, just the pencil and the paper.

How does it work?

  1. First you need a method to track the time, so you really hurry up when drawing.
    Use your mobile phone, your computer, your watch or a simply hourglass.

  2. Prepare a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper

  3. Look at your hand, choose a hand position you'd like to draw

  4. then >> START << the time tracking and start to draw: focus on the main elements of the hand. What makes the hand look like a hand? Which lines are essential for a hand to be a hand?


  5. then >> STOP << your drawing, have a look at it and be satisfied. Keep in mind, you've just drawn for 3 minutes and I'm sure you did a great job.

    IMPORTANT: keep this drawing!!
    to look at your drawing process some weeks later is so fascinating. It's so important therefore to keep all sheets of paper to see how your drawing style hast evolved.

  6. talk about it
    if you want, you can share it on Instagram tagging #3mindrawing and @baumann_illustration so we can exchange our experiences.

What's the aim of this Challenge?

Let your hand learn the lines. It's all about practice. If you see an object or a person in real, you capture it with your eyes as a whole composition. But this is impossible to draw everything -unless you have endless of hours time to draw every little detail, so your drawing will come close to an photo and close to reality. Doing this is an exceptional work of art and very fascinating. But drawing can be different. You can capture the same situation with some simple lines without loosing the atmosphere. So you don't have to draw everything to show everything. Some lines are enough.

And that's what we practice in this Challenge. To focus on the lines, that are important. What characteristics are essential for an object/a person. What lines describe them best? What lines do I need to recognize an object/a person?

Why is the time aspect so important?

if we have more time, we tend to focus on the details. We loose ourselves in the drawing and forget about time and space. That's awesome, but not the aim of this Challenge. Tje aim of this Challenge is to capture quickly the most important lines of the object or person, in order to draw it quickly but still we recognize the character of the object/the person.

When you'd like to share your drawings on Instagram, feel free to tag them with #3mindrawing and @baumann_illustration. You'll get featured here on the Blog:
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Barbara Baumann

Hallo, I'm an illustrator and Skillshare teacher from Austria. After great experiences in the Marketing and Database sector, I finally realised that I simply need to follow my enthusiasm and fascination for drawing and illustrating.

What fascinates me most, is this way to communicate without using any words. So expressive, so global. And this leads me to my second fascination about drawing: the exchange with others, with you! In my drawing courses I simply love to see the enormous developments of each participant - initiated by exchange and practice. That's what I like to do here, too. 

I know, the comment fields are lacking. But my social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram are great tools for communication (would be awesome if you follow me there) and the blog seems to be a good mean for showing you topics in a more extensive way. The idea for this blog comes from the bottom of my heart: to get you close to drawing and to show you that you too can draw #drawinggang

It's all about learning to feel the drawing!

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