exercise! Sketch one (or all) of the below images, but only give yourself two minutes per image. Then share your results! :D

Art is about practice and repetition, but we don't always have time to work on something for long periods. Being able to steal a couple of minutes here and there to jot something down is invaluable, and the more you do it, the better you'll get at it, which will improve your overall art!

(Sources in next toot)

Clarification - 30 minutes to work on a piece, not 30 minutes track length :D :D

@Curator Didn't know if you meant 200 words total or per scene, but I guess either is good as long as something comes out of it.

@aaribaud Oooh, I love how you've connected all the scenes! And generated lots of intrigue with what's going on, in such a short space :D Good stuff!

@Curator Thanks! It has been quite fun to rush and write it. :)

did you mean 30 minutes (that's a lot of music) ... ?

@js0000 30 minutes to work on a piece, not 30 minutes entire track time :D

or maybe you meant "don't spend more than 30 minutes working on it" ... ?

(easily flummoxed by language)

@js0000 ^ This! I've added a clarification under the original toot :D

thank you

it's likely only me with this misunderstanding ...

although it *is* intriguing to think about (an image that could "generate" 30 mins of music)

will try to rein in my reading interpretations

@js0000 You're not alone there (in less than either 4x50 or 4x200 words 😛 @Curator)

@aaribaud @js0000 Hah, yeah :D I quite liked your 50 words each though so I may stick to that for next time!

@Curator Here is my composer music challenge :D I spent 50 mins on this, so over the suggested 30! It's based on the four pictures. Two pictures looked happy, and two were more dramatic so I went for a chord progression with two minors and two majors (vi-ii-V-I which is common), just repeated over. I wanted a dance-y rhythm, as I thought the person could be a dancer, I'm not sure that worked out. I tried to make the rhythm track sound like summer insects, for the summer picture.

@Curator It was great fun to do this on a weekday before work :) I tend to only do music at weekends usually !

@loveisanalogue Yaaaaay! I'm so happy someone did some music for this, I'm trying to be inclusive of more than just the visual artists so this is great :D :D Thank you! And I love the track too ^.^

@Curator oh dear god

This was really fun though, I miss sitting down doing timed life drawing etc
(i never/rarely do 2-minute digital-painty sketches like this either, so maybe this is something to try more)

@sajan "oh dear god" 🤣 🤣 🤣 I'm glad you found it fun! Two minutes might be a bit restrictive but I wanted to really annihilate the urge to ponder over where the next line/paintsplodge goes :D They came out great!

@Curator yeah! I find timed drawings are a great way at self-reflecting on what you capture well/neglect. Eg: here's that whole thing that I THINK is fairly common / universal - that people tend to get proportion down surprisingly well in one-minute life drawings.

@Curator And here I thought I'd been trying *speed*-painting before … 😅

@deerbard Everyone's excelling at the figure so far, I wonder because it's monochrome so there's no fussing about colours, and it's easier maybe to see and reproduce shapes? @sajan was also saying that people tend to do well with proportion in 1 minute life drawings :)

@Curator @sajan
For me it's two things - this (no colors to think about) plus many exercises done in timed figures but almost none in timed landscapes and other topics.

@Curator :) Video of drawing in the next toot. (Krita Recorder in Krita 5 is kinda awesome for this kind of stuff... not perfect, but nothing is perfect in this world...)

@Curator Shame a bit, because some of my shorter figure studies looked better than this one... but I guess I should maybe just practice them more often.

I have actually something perfect (...for me, and remember, nothing is perfect :P ) for figure studies, my own Python plugin -
It gives you one ref image from a folder at a time, counts time and then replaces the image and the canvas with the next one, and at the end makes a pretty collage of all of the sketches.

@tiar @Curator Oh, I discover the plugin only now (I wasn't as much around on KA last year).

A very good idea for training. 👍 I'll test, thanks for sharing.

@davidrevoy @Curator Thanks! I will gladly take any feedback.

I was thinking it could be used for any references, not only figure studies, but I've figured it out after naming the plugin :D

And it's still a bit beta (the GUI might not be fool-proof yet) but the important functionality is there, so I hope you won't get lost. But do remember to create a new document - the plugin just uses the current one, and while it doesn't remove anything, cleaning it up/dividing later might be tedious.

@Curator I used to do 15 minutes gesture drawing practice last year. Tried timed drawing after so long. It was really fun 😄

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