Sketching implies looseness and freedom as opposed to more fully finished or formal drawing practices. Sketching techniques usually focus on hand-eye coordination and observational skills surrounding proportion, light and dark, and gesture. Creating simple pencil sketches or quick studies is an affordable and engaging way to sharpen one’s drawing skills. Freehand sketching can result in marks that aren’t technically correct, but the purpose of sketching is to embrace the “mistakes” and stray marks as signs of an artist’s process and progression through any given drawing.

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