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Learn to sketch - this is how you can create breathtaking sketches!

Learning to sketch is one of the absolute basics of every artist. Because when creating a sketch, all important elements of an object are put on paper as quickly as possible. Regardless of whether you are sitting outside and drawing or from your imagination: With the sketch you can convincingly convey your idea with just a few strokes. Ideally.

But for many beginners, learning to sketch is a great challenge. Often many just don't know where to start. That's enough of that! Because in this blog article I want to get to the bottom of exactly this question.

What is a sketch?

The word sketch originally comes from the Italian schizzo.

In the dictionary, the definition of a sketch is as follows: "A drawing that is thrown out with rough lines and is limited to the essentials [that serves as a draft]"

A sketch is limited to the essential and most important points of a drawing. Your job is to convey an idea or concept that someone else can understand straight away.

Why learn to sketch?

And that's exactly why learning to sketch is so incredibly important. Regardless of whether it's for you or someone else: Sometimes you just want to convey an understandable idea that can be created in a matter of minutes and that everyone understands. Because let's be honest: After all, our time is precious and nobody has the time to invest hours in a simple sketch. 🙂

So you shouldn't get lost in details and you should take care to capture the basic forms and the gestures (the movement) and bring them to the paper. No more and no less.

Which material is suitable for learning to sketch?

Basically you can of course create sketches with all materials. But not every material delivers the desired results in the end. If nothing should stand in the way of your “learn to sketch” project, then I would recommend sketching with coarser materials. The lines shouldn't look too fine or too detailed. The best results are achieved with:

  • soft pencils (approx. from hardness B)
  • Charcoal pencils
  • India ink pens
  • chalk

There are, however, a few exceptions: In architecture, very precise materials such as a fineliner are often used for sketching. This is because there are very clear lines and sharp edges / corners in architecture.

Which of the materials you ultimately use for your sketches depends heavily on your personal taste or the type of story your sketch should tell. In order to really learn how to sketch, it is best to try out all the materials once. Then you will quickly find out which materials are better for you and which are not.

Learn to sketch step by step

Many beginners are very overwhelmed at the beginning and do not know how best to start. But there are clear step-by-step instructions on how best to approach sketching. I would like to give you these in the following.

Step 1 - relaxation exercises

Before you dare to do the actual sketch, you should first perform some loosening exercises. So take one of the materials mentioned above (for example, a soft pencil) and start drawing lines and strokes.

TIP: Try to draw from the shoulder and elbow joints. This gives you a greater range of motion and allows you to draw loose lines better.

Draw some loose hatching, such as a cross hatch. Remember: don't get too detailed, because you don't need to be in the sketch itself either!

Step 2 - Observing the item / picture

This step is extremely important and, unfortunately, is very often overlooked. Because many beginners rush too hastily into a drawing. So before you start drawing right away, examine the picture as closely as possible that you want to draw. Try to capture the basic shapes and the most distinctive features.

When you've done that, you already have a basic idea in your head and can finally get started! 🙂

Step 3 - finally sketching

Now it's finally time to get down to business - sketching! You are already relaxed and have a precise idea of ​​how you want to make your sketch and which features you want to focus on. So you are optimally prepared and nothing can go wrong.

So start drawing the first loose strokes. Start to bring the basic shapes that you have observed carefully before onto the paper.

Remember: don't get lost in the details and don't devote too much time to one area of ​​your drawing. It's about the bigger picture. Overall, try to finish your sketch after 5-10 minutes.

Conclusion - learning to sketch is a must

So all in all, every draftsman and artist should learn to sketch. There are a few tips and tricks on how to improve your sketches. But the bottom line is that all tips are of no use as long as you don't put them into practice and practice them regularly. The more sketches you make, the better you will get over time. Do not pay too much attention to the result and do not be immediately discouraged if the result is not satisfactory for you. Because that takes time above all, and you will always be able to see improvements bit by bit.