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How To Draw Quick Sketch Ideas

Updated on May 21, 2012

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Drawing Fast Sketch Notes

Drawing quick is essential for any artist, to capture ideas as quick as they appear when you think about them or see them visually and it is very useful later on in any artistic venture to be able to draw quickly and so the things you'll need are just a couple of good pencils and a series of small to medium sized sketch notebooks and that's it!

Small sketchbooks are ideal for taking with you when you see something that needs to be sketched down as an idea, because the things you see in everyday life could inspire an idea that you could use if not now, later on.

Take the video below for example, the drawing wasn't anything spectacular, but it did serve as a starting point for an idea that I could replicate over and over again with multiple versions of the same design and it's this way of thinking that you should aim for, just a collection of ideas that the whole purpose of them is to inspire better designs for you later on.

Obviously the video below has had over 300 views, so I'm betting that there would have been some people who may have thought the drawings not up to scratch but it may have inspired them to do a better drawing themselves and that was the whole point of the video, not a perfect drawing, just an inspirational idea that anyone could follow and draw something quick from it.


Quick Sketch Idea - Rubbish Drawing, But The Ideas Down On Paper!!

Another Quick Drawing That Inspired Many New Ideas

 Most times when I draw something this quick and simple, it just inspires other drawings to just come out of the woodwork, some better some that need working on more, but when you get in that zone of non stop drawing like I do almost everyday (my sketchbooks would fill a medium sized room, no joke!)

Perhaps the best thing that artists can do is archive their art away into files and areas that they can then easily go back and view them to get inspired or find the old ideas you had to begin anew for the current projects that may get started, I myself have 5 tatty looking inbox office trays, the kind you use on office desks that would hold papers and documents to be dealt with as priorities, and in these trays I keep all of my recent sketches and design ideas and I mean the best ones that I personally like.

I'm often sorting through many design notes and pulling some out and putting some away, it's become a favourite chore that I save for the weekends as my two kids like to see what I've drawn, although they say "why do I always draw monsters and stuff?", but they'll get over it!!

A lot of the time with quick drawing is that you either observe things alot and pick up the skill that way by sketching your surroundings, people and fascinating designs you may see up close or you just draw what ever comes to mind an create something out of thoughts and the pictures you have in your mind or you could do a combination of the two to create some fantastically realistic and imaginative work.

Free drawing or random drawing is when you don't exactly know what you are going to draw, but you start to make pencil marks anyway to see what you can make of them, in fact I recommend you do this often to try and train your mind to make sense of the shapes you draw and the lines you sketch, it's similar to seeing pictures in mulit-coloured carpets or clouds in the sky, everything should be taken onboard with the senses to see what drawing some spontaneous art is all about.

Quick Demon Head Sketch - Again The Idea Is There, But The Drawing Isn't Perfect

Quick Sketching - What To Sketch?

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      Ann Leung 

      7 years ago from San Jose, California

      Cool drawing in 3 minutes! Looks like I have a lot of practice to do. Thank you for sharing it! :)

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      8 years ago

      Your Sick At What You Do! Carry It On :)

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom


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      Waynie Loo 

      9 years ago

      ha that's cool! thanks for the help!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I'm sure your stick figures aren't that bad! there's an art to drawing them stick figures and all you have to remember is the sticks just have to look like sticks!

      Cheers now Nancy!

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      You are so talented and then there’s me---even my stick figures are a disaster…

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers artguy!

      Sketching ideas is mostly what I do all day almost everyday, so long as your ideas get etched along the way, it's much easier to do the finished art for it.

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      9 years ago from Columbus

      Wayne, your quick sketches are a lot better than mine. Mine are real messy, but it gets my idea down for when I'm ready to do the real artwork.


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