Sketch to Dramatically
Improve the Way You Draw!

Being able to sketch is one of the single most important techniques that I use when I am drawing. Use this technique to improve the speed and quality of your drawing, and the best part is that this is one of the most painless elements of drawing. I've written this tutorial so that it is valuable to people of any skill level.

So, how can you use this information to improve the way your draw? It's simple. By quickly sketching out your ideas you can come up with a lot of ideas quickly. Once you have quickly put down a bunch of your ideas onto paper, you can then evaluate the drawings and choose the best one.

I know this sounds easy and common-sense, but how many times have we all drawn only one sketch before we begin to draw? I know I have, and I'm sure I'm not the only one! That's ok though, the important thing is that we realize how sketching can assist us in our artistic work.

The other way that I use sketching is by drawing lightly and quickly and letting my drawing constantly evolve. Again, this sounds simple, but it's an important and powerful tool that you should be using. I use this sketch-drawing technique often.

Unless every mark that you put on your page is placed perfectly, you should be using this to assist your drawing. When I first became serious about drawing I used this way to get me some amazing results.

Let me tell you exactly how it's done. Approach whatever it is you want to draw the same way I will describe to you here. Hold your pencil loosely. You want your pencil marks to be very light on the page. Move your hand quickly and don't worry at all if you make any 'wrong' lines. There is no such thing as a wrong line at this point so don't worry and just keep drawing. If you find it hard to move your hand quickly over the page, don't worry.

Go slow to start if you need to. Over time you will be able to increase the speed at which you are able to do this. The most important thing to remember is that any lines you are putting on the page should be looked at as a good thing, and because you are keeping your drawing marks light on the page, later on if you find that there are a lot of marks you don't like, they will be really easy to erase.

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