Sketching is a training learning process
Lately on my Facebook network I see lots of quick sketches posted, free hand sketches done with black Prismacolor or just Bic pens or felt tip pens. The most beautiful and professionaly made are those from ID Sketching website Spencer Nugent and other talented designers like Joshua Reed.
Why am I happy about all this sketching posts? Because I see the right message going about drawing well and how to get better with hard training and time, because I do not just see badly Photoshop images but real good simple sketches that have all the ingredients to communicate the basics of good drawing. If you learn this way you will learn how to draw professionaly anything from cars to a small tiny object.
Today the financial crisis has provoked a contraction in design job offers, lots of companies small or big are faced up with financial problems and they have to reserve budgets for R&D design teams to react to this crisis to be ready for the after crisis. OK this sounds like a good news, however designer job availables are less than few years ago and this means that companies will hire less designers. Now who is going to get the few available jobs ? Only the most talented young designers coming out of design schools! So it all starts from the very beginning, from the first drawing class where our teachers teach us how to hold a pencil how to sharp the point and how to draw nice lines before going to draw more complex shapes and forms...
When you get in school work hard from the beginning because you will build and improve your skills day by day year by year, this is the only disciplinated attitude that will give you the possibility to amplifie your talent and express your creativity at your best. Do not start at your second year to take your design course seriously because it will be too late!
Now when you love design in general and want to become a designer you have to start from your drawing skills, some of you already are good sketchers or artists (oil painting, guache, figure drawing...), with the right design school you will learn how to give order to what you already know and how to re-start from zero from basics of drawing rules exercises like lines ellipses solids shadow projections perspective rules free hand style arm position and hand position...
Start sketching with the right set up gives discipline, order and organization. No stress! Just follow the simple rules and sketch it! The more the better for you, after few years implementing with other important drawing and illustration classes you will have all the infos and tools to make masterpieces with Photoshop Paint and who knows what type of extraordinary drawing software or drawing tablette like Wacom ones.
However do not forget that your first step is basic drawing lessons unless everything will come later will never be as good as demanded by Design company studios and the competition to get a designer job will be harder and harder.
© 2012 Luciano Bove
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