I scribble and scumble around to loosen up and get in a playful frame of mind. I make these hen-scratches (below).
It's just a way to sort of warm up and get a feel for the pen moving on the paper ...completely spontaneous and random. This very light hatch of scumbly lines is what I call the 'under drawing.' It is a good way to begin my process when I need some extra encouragement. It seems that the paper fiber along with the little swirls of all the scribbles give me an encouraging safety zone in which to draw more comfortably.
As I scribble around the page, I reach some point where I begin putting down marks for the actual drawing. The next layer sort of starts automatically and grows out of the under drawing in a very organic way.
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