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Before You Commit to an Idea, Sketch it First!

It’s actually a good idea and a good habit to create a few sketches before you commit to a drawing and actually draw it. Why? There is nothing more aggravating than spending time on the details or the shading ¬†or the textures or whatever, only to find you don’t really like the overall “look” once you are done. Maybe you don’t like the pose? The costume? The facial expression? Who knows? My point is, you may spend a lot of time on something you may not actually like! So what can you do to fix it? SKETCH IT FIRST!

I’m an art teacher. I’ve been an art teacher for 20 years and one thing I see time and time again is impatient artists. They draw things they know they are unhappy with but continue doing it anyway. It’s crazy. Then, once they’ve finished, they throw it away because they didn’t like it! Why not fix mistakes or make alterations in a few sketches before you actually commit to inking or coloring with markers? The time you save with the sketches is better than having to re-do your art entirely because you’ve thrown it in the trash.

Two useful tools I use for sketching are a blue and red lead. I generally sketch my image using basic shapes and fleshing out the figure with a non-photo blue pencil. If I see anything that needs correction, I use the red pencil and go over it. I don’t erase! The reason I don’t erase is so I can see where the incorrect line is and correct it. If I erase it, I may draw that same line again and again.

Raesketch

 

If you look at the new Star Wars art of Rey that I’m working on you can see the initial sketching of the figure in blue. Then I decided I needed to change the positioning of the cinture, the jawline, and the right foot (her right). Afterwards, I went over it again with an F lead pencil. This is a good pose and I like it after all of the alterations. I’m going to re-sketch it again with the changes. I may draw a few sketches with different expressions too. I’m not sure I like the current expression. All of these changes I’m going to make BEFORE I actually ink it and make another coloring page.

Here is another potential Thanos artwork and soon-to-be coloring page. I made the basic shape of the pose and anatomy using the blue lead and added the details of his costume in red. It’s easier for me to see how the costume works with the pose of the figure because the two different colors highlight different aspects of the drawing. This is also helpful for determining how I want my final “look” to be realized.

For this artwork, I’m going to draw a few more sketches with different expressions.

Thanosketch

So what is the moral of today’s lesson?

It is infinitely easier to change a sketch than to redo a completed artwork. A sketch is just a few lines whereas an artwork is colored, inked, and takes a lot more time. Since you’re spending time on the artwork anyway, why not do a few preliminary sketches and work out your overall concept? The time you take during the sketches will save you the time it would take to create re-do.

Go forth and SKETCH!

 

 

 

 


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Have You Been Sketching?

Grab something around your house and start sketching! Why? The practice!!! I teach art at a local elementary school and I’m always, ALWAYS, asked how I learned how to draw. The truth is, you have to keep drawing get better. And that’s how I learned to draw.

As you draw your sketch notice the lines, shapes, and values of the object you are drawing. Pay attention to the little details that define your object. Keep drawing and having an inner dialogue with yourself about the elements of art that make up your object. If you need to refresh your memory about the elements of art awesomeartists.com has some great downloads.

 


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Sketch Challenge! Elements of Art

So a few weeks ago I did a video about sketching where you can and finding what you can to sketch. It truly doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you set a consistent schedule and stick to it! Becoming good at drawing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice, which is why I made that video. Have fun with it while you are learning!

This video is a sketch challenge. I chose three elements of art at random and then drew one object emphasizing each different element. I liked the shape and line drawings the best. I think I could have done more with the texture drawing.

Don’t know what to sketch? Check out this video for some ideas!


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Sketch!

People always ask me how I learned how to draw, all the time. “How do you do that?” they say. The answer is easy – practice! And the best way to practice is to grab something random in your house, set it up, and draw a still life. As you draw, pay close attention to the textures, the lights and darks caused by light, the shape of the object, etc. All of these things come into play when you are drawing. Did you bring your sketchbook? Draw!


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Sketchbooks

The best way to get better at drawing is to do it. What do you need to draw? A nice sketchbook helps. The only problem, which one should you get? I have several sketchbooks that I use which are different sizes. I’m going to be starting a sketching series and in order to sketch it helps to have a sketchbook!