It’s tricky when an activity involves technique but is actually done best when you just get loose and let things happen naturally and effortlessly. Dancing is that way, and drawing is too. There are a lot of things to consider, but in the end you have to take all the lessons you’ve learned and go with it.
That can be hard for me. I like to go over things again and again until I get them “right.” That’s why I am more inclined to pencil sketch rather than do any kind of formal drawing. Sketching is something you can do almost meditatively, repeatedly going over curves and lines in anatomy sketches; working through several iterations of a loose gesture drawing; or doing dozens of quick drawings when sketching faces of people around you. Sketch drawing is casual and offhand, and you can do it in an almost unconscious way. That sets me at ease when I pick up a pencil, yet I still like to feel a focus or purpose when I sketch.
That’s why I think our latest eBook—Pencil Sketch Drawing Lessons: 32 Sketching Techniques to Learn How to Sketch with Expression and Power
—is our best yet. Artist and writer Dan Gheno discusses the importance of how to sketch mindfully
. He breaks down the concepts of a good, expressive drawing so that you can learn to sketch by focusing on rhythm, line quality, composition, and other sketching lessons that all stuck in my mind like the seeds of a good idea that I’d be ready to sow once I put pencil to paper. It really pointed me in the right direction in terms of taking what I love about sketching into an arena where I have purpose and draw with intent. Pencil Sketch Drawing Lessons: 32 Sketching Techniques to Learn How to Sketch with Expression and Power
is free and available now, so let go and let draw! Enjoy!