Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sketchbook Essentials

Sketching from life should be routine for every illustrator.  It is essential to variety and life in your illustrations.  Keep a sketchbook and use it everyday.  Don't let the white space intimidate you.  Cram it full of the details of your environment.  Challenge yourself to capture moods as well as details.  My drawings are always fresher when I've spent some time out and about documenting the world.  You'll be surprised to discover how many nuances appear in your current work which are borrowed from a previous, unrelated scribble. 

Don't know how to get started?  Grab a copy of The Artists' Guide to Sketching, by James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade.  You won't believe how emboldened you are.

Here are a few doodles to inspire you.

David Small

James Gurney
Glen Keane

Hilary Knight 

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