Sketching is one of the most important skills in design. A designer must be able to communicate their ideas clearly and quickly; good sketching is the best way to do this. Rough sketches can help the process of ideation by recording and developing concepts, while high quality renders can make ideas more believable and help sell them during a presentation.
My sketching has never been brilliant. I have an A-level in fine art, but spent the majority of my studies working in paint or oil pastel, painstakingly creating photo-realist and abstract images over many hours. The professional world does not permit such a luxuriously long winded process, instead requiring the majority drawings to take just a few minutes – this allows for many ideas to be visualised during a divergent ideation stage, hugely increasing the chances of finding that perfect-specification-meeting or truly innovative concept.
Because of this, I recently made the decision to improve my sketching skills through daily sketching, also known as the ‘a sketch a day‘ challenge. The premise is simple, complete one sketch or series of sketches each day for a year (or more), slowly filling a sketch book as my sketching abilities develop. I plan to focus on ink drawings (although I hope to explore different media too) and complete each one in around 20 minutes. To keep me motivated and stop me skipping a day, I have been uploading each image to my Instagram page and this website, hopefully getting some valuable feedback on my images too. Please take a look, let me know what you think and follow the page to join me on this journey to better sketching!