If your perspective on your sketches looks awkward, or they seem lacking in details, these today 2 sketching TIPS might help you.
I’ve just received an inspiring sketch from one of my VIP students of [Sketch Like the Pros], Amy Riches from the UK.
At first, she sketched a camera that was pretty ok – however, the perspective was a bit weak.
I shared with her 2 simple tips, and the day after only, I received a good quality sketch! 🙂
Amy is highly motivated to progress.
Let me share with you the 2 recommendations I gave to her.
Amy’s story and testimonial about Sketch like the Pros course.
(You can join the Waiting list for the Design Sketching course here.)
TIP 1- Start Drawing with a Box.
It’s essential to start drawing in a certain order.
- Never start drawing a camera with detail like the button for example or any other function. Start with the general shape.
- A camera being “rectangular”, drawing a slim box will be the best start.
- The box set up the proportion of the camera and the perspective scene in no time.
- As soon as you have your box, you can make subdivisions to add in the elements (screen, buttons, plug, screws…).
Try to spot in the picture above, Amy’s construction lines (box, contour lines, subdivisions made with light pen pressure).
Just after receiving my feedbacks, Amy applied the sketching tips immediately. So I could see her improved sketches within 24 hours only:
TIP 2- Draw Details BIG!
As a beginner, we often have this “bad habit”: drawing small – and we draw small details even smaller!
When you draw small, 1 mm wrong can easily make your sketch look awkward. Drawing tiny stuff makes us feel so frustrated! We can’t achieve any good detail, and we have no clue on how to improve them. It’s like the pen nib is too thick…
The solution is simple.
Draw the details big!
Like if you have a magnifying glass.
Amy told me the benefits of it:
“Had a go at pulling out some details and making bigger – found it easier to think about the geometry with more perspective and construction lines :)”
Learn how to observe things closely,
practice drawing BIG and your sketch will rise in definition and quality.
Add beside a “zoom in” details of the buttons, clip, nib, screw, mechanical pieces, grooves…
Hope it helps!
If you know anybody to whom these sketching tips can be helpful, feel free to share!