How To Sketch
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How to sketch is going to come from within and reflect how each individual artist views the world around them.

However, there are a few sketching techniques that can help you accomplish the vision in your head a bit faster and sharpen your concept by honing up on your skills.

When you sit down to sketch, try to visual the entire picture and make good use of your space. Starting too close to the edge of the paper of leaving too little room to keep your sketch components in balance will frustrate you no end.

Take a look at your surface area and visually layout the framework for your art. However, when you visualize your finished product, this does not always mean you have to stick to your intended format. Let the drawing speak to you where it wants to go, albeit keeping your size and framework in check.

Practice New Shapes and Lines
Sketching a new shape or trying to capture a cartooning gesture may take some practice, so you want to keep some extra paper on hand to work out your thoughts and ideas. Better than erasing or throwing your starting sketch away, is to practice and experiment on a separate piece of paper.

Leonardo Sketch in rough draftLeonardo Sketch in rough draft for a painting

The more you expand your ideas and take chances with your art, the more defined you will become as an artist. Think outside of the box that society builds and never insulate yourself with rules and regulations. Art is freedom of expression and will take you to great heights when you understand there is no right or wrong. That sketch is suppose to look exactly like you say it is, no questions asked.

Feeling uptight and driven by the sense of urgency is like having the proverbial monkey on your back. Art takes time to feel and emote your work, so never push yourself beyond what your creative energies allow.

The best artwork comes from that inner voice that guides you into your artistic pathway, so be patient if you are not stimulated and motivated the same way each and every time you sit down to draw. Art is a privilege to perform and just remember the value of what you do as an artist. You have brought something into being that wasn't there yesterday and never would exist outside of your vision and control of the pen.

There are many pages on this site to give you guidance in simple steps on how to sketch and draw. Please follow some of the links here on things you love to sketch. 

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