ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Learn To Draw From Just Sketching

Updated on March 10, 2014

Drawing Is Best Learnt By Sketching

Learning to draw can be a long drawn out learning curve sometimes if your end results end up something that you are disappointed with. So in learning how to draw at least when I first learnt how to draw I first became a sketcher and this meant drawing quickly before finalizing a drawing and really this helped me to observe more and learn to sketch details.

Sketching is the way of working the pencil and creating something from whatever you are trying to draw, whether that is real or imagined and it is a personal way of drawing for the artist as your own art style is developed through the art of sketching. Being a sketcher really means you have to identify what you want as a design and you need to work to get there.

While at art college we were taught "to see all is to figure out how to draw all" and this small sentence has stuck with me for years, because it is true and it basically says that everything around you is for turning into a drawing of some sort and that the inspiration is always going to be there you just have to look for it.

People and situations in life can be the basis of a sketch or two, I remember at art college we were told to pair up with someone in the class and start to draw other people in the class, this at first seemed quite intimidating, but I soon found myself figuring a few things out about the sketching process and the benefits it could create if I learned from it.

What are the benefits of sketching?

  • To capture movement in life, people and life in situations through sketching becomes a skill, the more you do it and when this becomes a habit then it is clear that the skill becomes a valuable one that serves your art well through the years by knowing what works in a quick sketch and what does not.
  • Sketching, you can plan out whole drawings in light pencil marks, before you ever consider taking it seriously and finishing a full drawing, this creates a sense of planned execution and also builds on your artistic skills by increasing your technical skills in relation to perspectives and composition.
  • With sketching you can capture moments in time that are original and unique, almost as if cameras never existed, sketching will become better if you don't obsess about the final result too much, your sketches should be about the exploration of the subject at hand.
  • You can sketch anything to learn, there is no need to travel to special outside places to sketch, so if you fancy drawing your own hand then just sketch away and learn from the experience of it.

Sketching is as much about drawing something every time rather than trying to draw a perfect drawing every time.

In the following video I attempt to draw something random and quickly to see if it turns out what I'd thought. The very idea of drawing this way is what artists do all the time, if it works you have something to work on, if it doesn't however then you still have that idea to develop and more than likely need to start another quick sketch and approach it from a different direction or angle possibly.

As an interesting thought I'd already had the idea of drawing a horror skull and that's what I'd set my mind on to draw within the video, but it turned out in the early stages that drawing a demon tattoo idea would be better. Never fight the urge to not change track as artists we must follow our own judgement in our artistic endeavours.

Watch the video and hopefully feel motivated just to sketch and learn through practice, trial and error.

Sketching To See What Possibilities Occur On The Paper

Sketching And Drawing Books To Guide You On Your Merry Sketching Way From Amazon

What Is Great About Sketching?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Practice makes perfect, I 'll probably add a few sketch examples to this hub when time permits, as sketching is the foundation of art I'll also probably expand on this hub more in the future.

      Cheers now Sweetie!!

    • SweetiePie profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a great sketching tutorial. I first started sketching when I was nine by reading my dad's art college text book. Our high school art teacher was great and went over these techniques, but I really need to practice again.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)