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Thesis statement:a good preparation, a meticulous observation and simple sketching is the key toproducing a good sketch.Good Performance•Prepare the rightmaterial•pencils, papers anderaser•select a subject•dun take too much time•lose interest•combination ofimagination and objecctsfeature•use viewfinder•a cardboard frame•focus on the subject•eliminate distractionMeticolous Observation•get proportion andperspective right•use grid•hold pencil at armslength to estimate•draw shape outline•refer to the grid•to get proportion•note down the shadowsand light•precaution - take photo•features of subject maybe alteredSimple Sketching•finalise plot•add in details•precaution - dontoverwork by darkensevery line•windows and etc•tone up•shade and light•manipulate pressure onpencil•add patterns•start from light and top ofpaper to preventsmudging•clean up drawing•rub off unnecessary linesConclusion:Will and enthusiasm towards sketchingRecognise mistake and practise to betterDraw whole-heartedlyPut in emotionSketching is about the process, not the outcome
3 Steps to Making a Good Sketch“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he growsup”, Pablo Picasso stated. A statement worthy of contemplation. Creativity is giftedto everyone but not everyone utilised it completely. According to Picasso, each andevery one of us possess a certain extend of creativity in us but we lose it as growolder. Rest assured as creativity can be adopted via practice. Creativity comes inmany forms and among them is sketching. When we talk about sketching, most oftenthan not, many show rejection saying “I can’t draw” but one do not need to possesshigh level of artistic talent to simply sketch. Without a doubt, it does help butattractive sketch can also be produced without it. Sketching does not just pique ourcreativity; it can be very useful for self-expression and explanation of ideas. How tomake an attractive sketch? Here are a few easy steps toward the making of anattractive sketch which are good preparation, meticulous observation and simplesketching.A good preparation wins you the race. This is true for most of the thing we do.It is a fallacy that sketching is a spontaneous process and no preparation is needed.The first thing to prepare is none other than material. A few graphite pencils ofvarious grades, an erasers and a sketchbook should suffice. (Janet Whittle, 2002) Ifyou can afford, spent a little more money on the quality of material will surely makethe process more enjoyable. Then, pick a subject to sketch. Do not take too muchtime looking for the perfect subject to sketch as you may lose your interest by then.The key to a good sketch is the combination of artist imagination and the subject’sfeature. (Janet Whittle, 2002) After you picked your subject, decide how you want toplace it on the paper. Place a viewfinder between you and the subject and adjust
accordingly till you are satisfied with it. (Jim Woods, 2002) A viewfinder is ahomemade cardboard frame that helps us to concentrate on the subject andeliminate unnecessary distraction.Now, observation comes into the picture. Observation is extremely importantbecause it defines everything you are about to sketch. Getting you’re the proportionand perspective right is vital. Try holding your pencil at arm’s length and angle it untilit coincides with the outline of your subject to understand better the length andangles. (Jim Woods, 2002) Fix a transparent material onto your viewfinder and rule itinto a grid. (Jim Woods, 2002) You will find it useful as a reference. Next, draw asimiliar grid and the basic outline of your subject on the paper. Then, note down theshadows and the light source around your subject. Lightly sketch out the boundary ofshadows and tonal change. Take your time observing your subject and take a photoof your subject as a back-up because the tone and lighting of you subject will changeover time. (Jim Woods, 2002)After all the fundamental works, it is finally time to advance to the last part,sketching. From the basic framework that you have lay down just now, finalise theplotting with details such as buildings’ windows. At this stage, take care not tooverwork by darkening every single line or drawing every line you see. (Jim Woods,2002) Leaving things as it is will make the sketch look fresher. Then, address thepattern of light and shade into the established drawing. Closer patterns createsdarker shade, further patterns create lighter tone. Another method to introducedifferent shades is tp manipulate the pressure applied on the pencil. (Jim Woods,2002) Start from light to dark and top to bottom to prevent smudging by your ownhand. (Jim Woods, 2002) Finally, you can clean up the whole drawing by rubbing offsome of the unnecessary lines that may steal away the focus of the sketch.
In a nutshell, production of a good sketch depends highly on a goodpreparation, a meticulous observation and some simple sketching. Sketches aremore often meant to be done rather than to showcase. Forget about the outcomeand enjoy the process. All you need is the will, the enthusiasm and the recognitionthat you may make mistakes and will need to practise. Sketch whole-heartedly andpour in whatever emotion you felt during the process into your sketch. Art is notmeant to win an award and sit in the gallery. Art is a mean to express yourself. Agood sketch is sketch that exudes emotions. A good sketch is a sketch that is drewfor none other but yourself.
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