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I encourage students inside my program Self-Taught to Self-Confident to explore different practice strategies to inform their original art.

For example, musicians practice things like scales to warm up and develop tone, fingering, and other skills that improve their performances. 

In this behind the scenes Q&A, I talk about one of the exercises many artists avoid doing (or have never done – that was me for years – no one told me about it) and how it can help you better “see” your work.

In this video you will: see examples of cross contour drawings,

learn how to use cross contour studies to help create balance in your composition, 

and some other compositional tips to improve your original art.

Have you explored cross contours as a practice? How do they help inform your art? Tell me more in the comments below!