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Drawing Management

Updated on April 2, 2010

Drawing Management

 Drawing management is really only what I like to call the arrangement of your drawings, so that they all are nicely organized and can be easily found later on, when you have several projects on the go at once (like I do!) you can file drawings away in folders, but have you labelled them so that they can be found easily?

Many artists stash all of their art and drawings either in one pile or they fail to organize their work into filing systems to be found later on and this can be time consuming when you know you've done a couple of really cool sketches and you just can't find them, I like to put all of my working sketches into a folder marked unfinished sketches and this folder will be visited alot as you come back to finish some of them abandoned drawings or not.

Other folders you might have:

  • Finished drawings folder for all the drawings you believe are finished and can be used immediately for any art project, or they could be the basis of some good colour based designs being that they provide the original ideas to bounce off of.
  • A folder for scraps of used paper, I do this often and I don't know why, but sometimes I produce some pretty good sketches and ideas on the used paper, it could be lined paper or old computer print outs.
  • Folder for old drawings and ideas that you may use one day, but just not yet, I have many of these and they do come in handy for inspirational purposes when you are experiencing artists block.
  • If you are lucky enough to have kept all of your old school drawings or schoolwork that included sketches, then these are great to keep in a separate folder not only for memories but some ideas can be born out of childish drawings.

Managing all of your drawings is really just about good organization skills and realising that every drawing may have it's use for another day and the management aspect of keeping filed archives is one of the best ideas you can do.

Even better is to buy a couple of flash drives to store your drawings on and just like the above folder method you can create some archived folders with pretty much the same names and things to file away as above., I prefer the larger flash drives that hold around 4GB which is quite a lot of space for your drawings and sketches and then you could use the free art software Gimp to clean any artwork up when needed.

File archives are just like any other type of file library, but as it's yours you have total control over what goes where and how you manage your drawings, drawing management is essential to be successful with your art projects.

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    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Mike!

      Art space is and can be such a problem for many artists, I've still got a lot of drawings to file away, but I store them all in one place, so I can find them, but I do still need to file them away better, so a better filing system is needed!!!

      Revisiting sketches is what I do to, as I feel it is best to hammer out any new ideas out of one idea!

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Studio is in the basement for me, but there is certainly not enough room to store everything as I would like to. I do the best I can, I guess. I used to have an easel for painting, but the space gave way to clutter, and now canvasses are hung onto nails in the basement wall. Not the way I would prefer it, but it serves.

      I do revisit sketches frequently and sometimes work the original idea more than once, seeing how many different directions I can take an idea. Good for the creative soul, but not great for the clutter.

      It's getting better, though.

      Good hub again, Wayne.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      At the moment I have a store room that is quickly filling up with drawing equipment, I used to have my drawing board on display, but now everything has overtook the room and so I had to fold it away and now it's gathering dust, so when we do move hopefully next year we'll get a bigger house and have a space devoted to my art too.

      Maybe we'll get what space we want, cheers Susan!

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      SusanAdele 8 years ago

      What I need is an extra room, but with my daughter and 2 children living with us right now its not possible... maybe once they have their own place. :) Right now my art "studio" is wherever I put up my easel. :(

      My dream is to one day have that extra room that is devoted to art alone where I can close the door and CREATE!! Soon I hope. :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah my area of work used to be a right mess until I sorted it out and yeah some of my art equipment goes missing too, I'd blame it on the dog, but she doesn't like to draw.

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      Georgina_writes 8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Hmmm! My study sounds a lot like your second paragraph. I have piles of books, piles of drawings, pots of pens/brushes, knives, and then writing notebooks (plus a drum kit, guitar, teenager, the family washing on an airer and two dogs). I should be more organised, especially as my art equipment slowly leaches away into teenage bedrooms, often never to be seen again!