tips to get better at sketching


If any of you are like me, you have a terrible habit of filling several pages of a sketchbook and moving on to the next or completely forgetting about it. Here are some tips that have helped me stop these annoying habits

  • don’t be afraid to make marks all over the page (no small quarter-page masterpieces)
  • these are sketches- they’re meant to be quick and gestural; not extremely detailed drawings
  • experiment with all kinds of mark making (long, short, thick, and thin marks can add a lot of variety to a sketch)
  • practice
  • sketches are not precious little things- it’s okay to make changes and draw it again, again, and again
  • time yourself when sketching
  • pRaCtIcE
  • or draw from imagination
  • add annotations so you don’t forget something about that sketch
  • find a media that you like (graphite, pen, charcoal, etc.)
  • have a sketchbook with you always (I highly recommend small moleskine sketchbooks that are easy to carry in a purse or bag)
  • spend 20+ minutes a day sketching even if you don’t feel like it, do it anyway- there is nothing more satisfying than filling up a sketchbook
  • draw what interests you

filling a sketchbook is not as hard as it seems, just keep sketching 

About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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