Day 5: Ragdoll Response

Gather Materials:

  • An artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • 2 pencils of different weights. I used a 2H Pencil and a Charcoal Pencil. I just randomly took two without any thought to hardness or boldness. I just wanted them to be different from each other.
  • 4 coloured pencil crayons
  • A timer

Today’s Exercise

Ragdoll drawing

Ragdoll yoga pose
  1. Place your journal on the floor
  2. Hold a pencil in each hand 
  3. Bend at the waist and hang in the ragdoll yoga pose
  4. touch the pencils to the paper
  5. Close your eyes
  6. Without any thought to outcome, move your arms making marks on the paper for 5-10 seconds

Respond to the ragdoll marks

  1. Set a timer for 5 minutes
  2. Sit comfortably with your pencils in front of you
  3. Spend the 5 minutes responding to the marks on the page
    • Extend some lines
    • Make some lines dotted and some dashed
    • Add some spirals
    • Colour in some shapes. I filled in two shapes with each of my 4 colours.

Reflections on the Exercise

  • My back loves the ragdoll pose! A great way to loosen up at the start of my day
  • This was the first exercise where I used colour. I did enjoy adding this dimension. 
  • Some of the ragdoll lines are very light, a few were heavy. I’m not sure if this was the due more to my pressure or the difference between the two pencils.
  • The movement used to create the initial marks is evident in the finished piece. 

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