Day 27: Expressive Line – Agitated

Let’s continue to create a vocabulary of expressive lines. Last Wednesday’s word prompt was serene. Today’s word is “agitated“, the opposite of serene. 

Gather Materials:

  • a piece of paper
  • a drawing tool of your choice

Today’s Exercise

Automatic drawing is a concept that came from the surrealists.

  • Adopt the automatic-drawing approach… put yourself in a receptive frame of mind.
  • Think about the word agitated. How does agitated feel in your body? What does agitated look like?
  • Now, draw agitated without exercising conscious control over the image.
  • When you’re done, write the word “agitated” on the page using the same agitated line.

Reflections on the Exercise

  • Physically: I was feeling agitated today so it wasn’t difficult to do this
  • Visually: the agitated line is a combination of short quick lines paired with flowing quick line
  • Agitated line is full of pent up energy

This exercise comes from the book Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within by Steven Aimone.



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