Small strokes

4:36 PM, Tuesday March 28th 2023

Hello there, as I go through these lessons I'm finding out more and more that my kryptonite is having to draw small lines or organic forms (no longer then 2cm) with the shoulder, which become fairly frequent with Lesson 4. Trying to draw some of the smaller articulations on insects or adding line weight in some places is difficult to me since ghosting such small lines in consistent strokes is nigh-impossible and results qre often wobbly.

What do you think? Do other people struggle with these as well? Would I benefit from dedicating a new warmup just for these or am I just not holding my pen properly?

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