Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56

The bigger is our drawings, the bigger our mistakes appear!

I know how we feel at the start.

We are not used to drawing big, and we are not confident at doing it. So we get naturally scared. We feel that a small sketch got a better chance to looks good.

But if you want to improve, you will need to face your own mistakes.
There is no harm at drawing small.

But do not get too comfortable.
It is really common to be trapped in that situation for months or years.

We feel we can draw quite well, as it looks good.
But actually, we slow down a lot of our overall progression.

The previous video of sneakers I have posted online has been sketched in a pocket notebook. But something you need to know is that at start you have to train at drawing big.

TIP 56 Improve by daring sketching big

Expand your arm and hand movement to realize great lines.

Train your line expression toward dynamism and fluidity.
You will get soon control of your gesture and get more precision.

Remember, you don’t have to draw fast.
The secret is about keeping a constant speed. Ok?

Do not worry about “spoiling” a lot of paper.

I recommend using some A3 (double size of the standard A4) paper and drawing on both sides.

When you get bored, just catch an old newspaper, and sketch above the content. It will cost nothing.

If like me you start being hesitant at drawing big, try for 1 day.
Then tell me to know how you feel after in the comments!

This article completes the one about How to draw Lively lines.

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About The Author


Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : )


  • Shubh

    Reply Reply October 22, 2017

    Helpful man thanks a lot.

  • Brian Hermelijn

    Reply Reply November 4, 2014

    Ever since I started drawing bigger, I quickly noticed problems quicker compare to small sketches which limits your movements.

    • Chou-Tac Chung

      Reply Reply November 4, 2014

      Hi Brian, so you mean that you found out new problems to solve ? 🙂

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