The concept of the muscle memory

... and its wonderful effect on your drawing style


The concept of the muscle memory.

The muscle memory is a form of a procedural memory, so it records the moves on a long-term base and it improves with practice.

Some minutes of drawing every day will be enough for your muscle memory to improve your drawing skills considerably.

The basic idea of the 3-minute drawing is, that the hand learns the lines. Which means, that the muscle memory gets lots of precious drawing information within minutes. A daily 3-min sketch will have an incredible effect!

The idea behind ...

Drawing is not a question of talent. If you want to enhance your drawing skills, you need practice and the pure joy of drawing. It's your enthusiasm and your pleasure to draw that make you sketch regularly - and that's exactly what trains your muscles and makes you be better every day.

Why is that...?

We are drawing with our hand, moved by muscles.
It is a physical component that plays a big role in the drawing process.

When we are riding a bicycle we also need muscles to do so. And maybe you still remember your first trials with the bike. Or when you were helping a kid to learn riding the bike. It’s hard. It’s really hard at the beginning. Because the bike is so shaky, no stabilizing elements on the side that prevent us from falling. It’s about learning to keep the balance. The muscles get used to these movements and we are soon able to ride the bike without feeling stressed about it, but we enjoy the ride. We start to be able to talk while riding the bike and look around us. The muscles do not need so much attention anymore.

And it’s the same with drawing. The first sketch is like the first ride with the bike. The muscles need to learn the movement first. 

So all you need for drawing is enthusiasm that makes you draw regularly a bit – so that your muscles will get trained and your hand will learn the lines.

No one is born knowing how to draw animals and people and landscapes ... No! It’s the pure result of regular exercises and the joy to learn drawing.

And you can do this!
You can draw amazing artworks, I am absolutely sure about that!

In the mood for training your hand?

Creativity is so essential and precious. When you are now sketching with me every day for some minutes, you will get more and more inspired and open for creativity. Make drawing a habit.

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Barbara Baumann Illustration

About the Author

Hallo, I'm an award-winning illustrator and international drawing tutor 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. 

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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