"Sketching and drawing is like riding a bike, once you get it you will never forget it."
There is really no right or wrong way to draw, though most
purist advice to use draw from the shoulder. The reason for
this is really about the type of sketch you want to create.
controlled sketch style. Drawing from the shoulder gives you a
more sketchy and loose lines as you are literally firing off the
lines. If you want the create that Emotion sketch this is the
technique to use, but frankly this style requires a lot of
practice in controlling your lines. Drawing from the elbow gives
you the middle ground. At the end of the day pick the
technique that you are most comfortable with.
weights or thicknesses. Basically you use thicker lines for
edges further from the eye, and thin or dotted lines for edges
closer to you.
bold outlines in particular makes the sketch jump out of the
going and shoot them off. Creating loose sketchy looking lines
is really a technique that can be easily learnt.
experience still include sketches from their school days. Now if
you have been following my advice your sketching ability would
have improved, so re-draw those old and ugly sketches, there
is nothing and no-one saying you should not.
that annotations at strategic places does makes a sketch look
cool. Oh and if your handwriting is not too good, I do suggest
you pick up a book on drafting and practice.
if you are rushed for time. Otherwise redraw it from scratch.
Photocopiers work great with Liquid Paper or Correction Fluid.
touch up the lines with Photoshop, and present them in a
collage. Such a presentation strategy makes average sketches
look good, and good sketches look GREAT!
shoulder and if your line control is still not the best, what I
suggest is to draw a thumbnail and blow it up on a photocopier
or scanner. This way you would have an underlay to redraw your
sketch with the same look and feel but with thinner lines.
trick to create your sketches with a correct perspective, or for
you to create a 2D orthographic sketch in proportion.
pencil, is really about losing the ability to erase your lines, or
erasing your mistakes.
before your draw, and as you cannot erase your work, and you
will then draw with a determined solution in mind. In other
words, drawing with a pen trains your mind to think the design
solution through before you actually put it on paper. It will
make you a much better designer.
sketches and drawings, i.e. you draw and if it does not look
good, you don’t get to erase and draw over, but you throw your
drawings away and start fresh. This re-setting and starting
from scratch seems to help make you a better designer, so the
flying start. However at the end of the day, all these 11 points
will all come to naught if you don’t practice Practice and
PRACTICE! So do hang in there as the pain will not last forever.