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Understanding Sketching

Lesson 1 in Sketching Anything

Lesson Information

Explore several sketching techniques and learn why each can solve a separate design problem. Each sketching style has a unique, yet simple process. You'll also learn the importance of organizing reference material, along with understanding its uses.


Beginner: Sketch 3 environments of your choosing. You can do studies from photos, come up with your own story or setting, or even sketch an original environment in the style of your favorite movie, show, or game.

Advanced: Design 3 environments that are all original, only using photo reference as a guide. The skteches don't need to be at full finish, but everything should be clearly represented. Generally this means some "thinking sketches" must be done to figure out the design of the main focal point or any complex object in the scene.

Extra Credit

Show a cross section view or a functional turnaround of your focal point object and show the design in more specific detail.


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Alright here are some sketches that I manage to do this week.

Sketching Anything: Homework for Lesson 1

I focused my efforts on two things. Composition and the three value range (Loose Sketching Details). I mostly do storyboards for live-action films and short films.
I have a bad habit of over-rendering my boards too much so this is one of the reasons why I decided to really concentrate on one style of sketching.
My composition skills need a boost as well.

Thank you,


This course is indeed Awesome!

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