My Favourite “Loosening Up” Art Exercise – 30 Second Faces

One thing that really upsets me when I find I’m in a situation where I finally have time to sit down and work on an art project or drawing, is having “Artist Block”. It drives me crazy! Sometimes I get inspired when I don’t actually have time to work on anything (like while having dinner with the In-Laws), and sometimes I draw blanks when I have time to sit there and stare at an empty page, canvas, or screen. Does this happen to you folks too?

A little exercise I’ve developed for myself, 30 Second Faces, helps open up my creative juices when I find myself stuck for inspiration for something to work on. It’s actually really quite simple, and I find that it aids tremendously in loosening me up to work on a bigger project afterwards.

Here’s What I Do:

*Randomly pick an emotion, feeling, or theme.
*From the moment my pen hits the page, I have exactly 30 seconds to draw a face that conveys the emotion, feeling, or theme I have already selected.

That’s it. Super simple, and it works. There’s been occasions where I’ve found myself spending a 1/2 hour just drawing these faces instead of moving on to a bigger project. There have also been occasions where I’ve liked the face I’ve come up with so much, that it actually inspires me to continue on with the picture essentially becoming my project.

Here Are Some Recent Examples:
 
ARROGANT

Arrogant - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Arrogant – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
CLOUSEAU
Clouseau - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Clouseau – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
DECEPTIVE
Deceptive - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Deceptive – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
FRIGHTENED
Frightened - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Frightened – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
LONGING SADNESS
Longing Sadness - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Longing Sadness – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
SELFIE
Selfie - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Selfie – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

 
MOUSTACHE ATTACK

This doodle is a prime example of continuing beyond the 30 Seconds. I had drawn the original face and found that I really like the cartoonish, villainous face I had come up with. I added some colour and a the finger guns in the moustache. Good fun.

Moustache Attack by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/
Moustache Attack by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

So, if you find yourself in a situation where you are at a loss with what to work on, try this fun little exercise. You may be very surprised with what you come up with.

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