SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT
NAME: CANISIUS BONG WEI PHENG
STUDENT ID NO: 0318914
WORD COUNT: 1066
ENGLISH 1 (ELG 30505)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: PROCESS ESSAY
LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA
SUBMISSION DATE: 2ND MAY 2014
How to Produce an Attractive Sketch
Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about sketching these days. Some absolutely hate the thought of putting their ideas to paper because they canât draw to save their lives. Others couldnât imagine their creativity surviving without it. Love it or hate it, thereâs much more to a sketchbook than old-school charm. Hereâs the thing, sketching is great for rapid idea generation and also offers us the freedom to explore alternative ideas. Although simple, sketches are often done to show the main features of a subject. Some of the people might think that sketches are hard and is just a waste of time doing something meaningless. On the other hand, certain people enjoy sketching and spend their free time doing some sketch. Well, everyone can sketch whatever they want but, to produce an attractive sketch is not an easy task and not everyone can make it. Everyone can sketch decently and produce a truly beautiful piece of art once they know the right methods.
First of all, to produce an attractive sketch, it is important to identify the required materials which depending on the sketch suitability and convenience. For example, we need different types of pencils to sketch for different effects and shading such as 2-B pencil, HB pencil and more. H stands for âhardnessâ, F stands for âfine pointâ whereas B stands for âblacknessâ. When shading, hard pencils are usually used for first sketches. Textures are important for an attractive sketch, so we cannot simply substitute by using other type of pencil. Cheap pencils have grainy quality for drawing. So while drawing, you might suddenly hit a hard bit that doesnât give the same line as the rest of the lead. Paper can be personal and depends very much on the pen, pencil, or marker you plan to use with it. Generally smooth paper that has enough weight is more suitable to keep sketches from showing through to the back of the sheet. Furthermore, MoleskineÂ sketchbooks and notebooks are always a great choice for pencil and pen, though thinner paper in the notebook can bleed through on markers and some pens. For that reason, thicker sketchbook paper is well-received compare to the thinner sketchbook paper. The advantage of a book is that your sketches all stay together in a nice package without any mess, yet can also be removed if needed.Â Therefore, it is advisable to choose our materials wisely, having the right tools are a must because the hardness of pencil affects the look of drawing. So, explore and try new tools for yourself, until you find the best fit for your own needs.
Once you have your materials well-prepared, choose a subject to draw but donât be heavy-handed. To get a nice and creative idea for your sketch can be easily done but also tough at the same time. Ideas can be anything from your surroundings such as chair, table and many more. If we had a crazy idea, it was relatively easy to sketch it out and see if the idea would hold up to scrutiny. Even the unusable ideas were helpful in that they helped narrow the field of winning ideas without nagging âwhat ifâ thoughts. However, we are encouraged to take several minutes to study the subject prior to begin a sketch. Find an image of something you like or look for an object or person around you to draw with shirt and quick strokes. Hence, people tend to make mistakes so during sketching, use a light hand for the first sketches, as they are supposed to be light and thin. For darker pencils are required for obvious lines. Once we chosen our subject and not heavy-handed, it is easier to make sketching a routine, comfortable thing.Â
Concentration from the surroundings is also important for us to produce an attractive sketch. âYou learn better when you concentrate on learning, if you just expect to learnâ this phrase best describe that if you can produce a sketch that acknowledged by people when you concentrate on your sketching. Choose a tranquillity environment to draw a sketch because educational and psychological research by various universities and the American Psychological Association has stressed the importance of possessing strong mental concentration skills and keeping internal and external distractions. Distraction can lead us to careless and inefficiency especially when we are doing our sketches which may also fail us to reach the requirements to produce an enticing sketches. Concentration is the key for everyone because the creative process is anything but straightforward. The process requires a strong and rare connection between our thoughts, hands and source of inspiration. Its rarity is, indeed, the reason why some of us donât sleep. There is evidence that sketching aids concentration. Jackie Andrade, of the University of Plymouthâs School of Psychology,Â testedÂ whether doodling correlated to higher levels of concentration among 40 participants, who tested while taking a telephone call. Her discovery shows that it can reduce daydreaming, increase concentration and curb boredom is fascinating. Some believe that we reach deeper levels of concentration and develop richer concepts when we are sketching. Therefore, mental concentration is very important to produce an interesting sketch as sketching is a sense-making tool which supports the synthesis of visual imagery.
Sketching is actually a fun thing and can be so beneficial because it can convey messages easily to each of us by just observing on the sketches. Besides, sketching is also a good way of self-expression whenever we are stress or facing some difficulties in life. It is fair to say that most of the problems we face are confounding, fuzzy, indeterminate during our sketch and we often hear âI canât sketchâ from people but, if thereâs a will, we will always be enthusiastic to sketch. Artistic quality of a sketch is not the main point, the real goal of sketching is to be functional. Itâs about generating ideas, solving difficulties, and communicating thoughts more effectively with everyone. So, when you feel inadequate in your sketching, stop and reconsider you perspective. Stop worrying how bad or well you draw. Instead, think of your sketching as visual thinking, which works regardless of your drawing. Even if you fail to produce a decent sketch, keep moving on instead of quitting. As the saying goes âIf you fail behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the oddsâ. These steps might seem to be a little tussle, but to produce a winsome sketch is worth the time.