Learn the Secrets of Beautiful Sketching

If you have ever taken a pencil or crayon or pen and just scribbled something on a piece of paper then you already have the experience of sketching. Everyone has sketched, whether professional or not. Remember that sketches, by definition, are different from the actual picture.

Sketching is when you take a pencil and just make a baseline. Some call it free hand art because you don’t complete the part. You just make a quick and simple outline of what you imagine in your head and this has never been designed to be considered a finished job.

Drawing is the act of completing the sketch. Now you are doing the second line to add details. You will erase sketch lines and guides to add ink limits and depth. The best way to consider them is that sketching is a faint line from a work while an image is when you explore and detail as a finished part.

Trading Tools

Drawing requires many tools such as various types of pencils and different textured paper. Sketch is a free form of art where you only need very light strokes so it is always best to use lead pencils such as HB or 2H pencils. If you use a mechanical pencil, a narrow lead point (0.7) will be your best friend.

Mastering the Art of Sketching

When you sketch, you must remember that this is a free form. Keep your hands away from paper. You can try these four general ways to hold a pencil during your sketch session:

Basic tripod grip
Grip of tripod underhand
The tripod handle is too high
Extended tripod grip

There are also different scratches on the sketch and this is used to add a little detail. They are generally used for fast portrait sketching and can be used to do shadows or add depth to simple outlines.
Some basic blows are:

Long line
Medium line
Short line
Tone grading
Blending
Crosshatching
Wavy line

Perfecting the Art of Sketching

If you want to sketch well, you should practice the habit of making shapes and lines with light and simple strokes. To perfect this, you might want to practice drawing lines and basic shapes. Try the simple process below:

Start with parallel lines. Do it horizontally, vertically and diagonally. You know you get better when you can pull them towards and away from you without having to bend your wrist and still get a straight line that is parallel to each other. To add complexity, try adding additional parallel lines as if you were drawing a road map.

Circles must be carried out with carefree movements. If you want to get the right measurements, the best tip is to draw a box first. In the middle of each side make a small sign. These points are the only area where the circle must be in contact with the box line. This is a good way to cheat the system and get a good and measurable circle. You can use this strategy for oblong and other ideas too, even faces and body parts.

Practical Sketching

Remember that sketches are fast artworks and are usually designed as rough concepts. Everyone from Leonardo de Vinci to Albert Einstein sketched their work, whether it was to design basic designs for military inventions or to visualize mathematical concepts. With that, you can still make a rough sketch by adding depth through the scratches mentioned above. Some artists thrive in sketching, working on and selling fast portraits in just a few hours. This is also a basic pencil art if you intend to do a comic book or animation.