Here are a few tips I wish someone would have told me early on (keep in
mind I come from an animation background). DISCLAIMER- These are my
suggestions- they don't always work for everything.
1. One thing that can make a drawing more aesthetically pleasing is the
2. Nice lines are not drawn slowly- they are drawn fast.
3. Learn to find the arcs in what you're drawing. Don't be afraid to
rotate the paper (even upside down) so you can draw that arc naturally
from about 70% elbow | 30% wrist.
4. If you need to draw a line, make a start dot and an end dot. Wave
your pencil (above the paper) back and forth between the two dots,
rotating the paper until you find a natural arc which falls between
those two points. Drop the pencil slowly as you continue to wave back
and forth across the arc.
5. To get more of a straight line, extend your wrist, then extend your
pencil- make the distance from your elbow to the pencil tip as long as
6. Resist the temptation to use a ruler or templates. Let the line
breathe a little- so what if it has some bend to it? Straight lines
aren't human, and juxtaposed against the rest of your now beautiful
sketching, they look out of place.
7. You have over 23,500 bad drawings stuck in your body. Get them and
out and in the trash as quickly as possible.
As a kid, I used to watch a guy on TV trying to teach cartooning, and it
drove me crazy that even his simple boxes looked better than mine- I
could never figure out why. I would draw the boxes very slowly, trying
to get a perfectly straight line, which ended up of course a very wavy
inconsistent line. I thought- if I can't even draw a box well, I'll
never be able to draw cartoons well.
It wasn't until in the last 5 years I finally discovered- it was the
line quality! He was drawing everything really fast. If you ever watch
behind the scenes footage of a Disney animation, you'll often see the
artists working furiously, waving their pencils back and forth like mad,
most of the time not even touching the paper- They're looking for the
arcs... They know what they want to draw, they just spin the paper
around, waving their arms back and forth until they find the sweet spot
that will allow them to draw a graceful line.
Alexander Baxevanis wrote:
> Dear all, > > I was wondering if anyone can offer some some suggestions on improving > sketching skills. > > I'm mostly interested in using sketching for (1) illustrating physical > concepts (e.g. the form factor of a device) and (2) drawing > short-scenarios illustrating use of a product/service etc. > > I'm currently comfortable at sketching basic block > diagrams/wireframes, i.e. mostly boxes & arrows. > > Would appreciate any suggestions for websites, books, or your > experience with following any short courses in this area. > > Thanks in advance, > > Alex > ________________________________________________________________ > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)! > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org > List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/ > List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/ > (Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/ > Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/ > Questions .................. lists at ixda.org > Home ....................... http://ixda.org/ > Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org >