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Sketching the Right Way

Lesson 1 in Sketching the Right Way

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Learn to approach each project like a pro — from receiving a client brief to the very first sketches you deliver for the job. We'll explore four approaches to Zahir's sketching process: sketching with lines, paint brushes, images (ie. photobashing), and in 3D.

Get in Line

Create four line sketches, taking 15-30 minutes for each image. After this, choose one of your sketches to expand into three variant versions. Finally, refine your favorite one of these into a more finished sketch. 

Silhouettes on the Shade

Without worrying about content at first, create interesting blocks of values. Once you have these abstract images, begin reverse-engineering them into compositions. For extra credit, take one of your images to a higher level of detail. 

Collecting Images

Combine elements from various existing photographs into a series of sketches. Look at the work of other artists for inspiration, but make sure not to lift directly from someone else's art.

From Any Angle

Create one scene in the 3D software of your choice, and then find three interesting compositions within that scene. 


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