You sketch better than a toddler?

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In my previous artcile, in really broad terms, we explored the extents of Art. Hopefully, we all agree that main ingredient of art is “Expression” and thus the list of “works of art” can be literally endless. Even primary sketches made by kids could be considered Art given that they include huge amounts of imagination and loads of expression and emotion. However, they lack skill and technique.

Although comparing your sketches to a kid’s sketch might seem unfair, there are some questions to be asked. Questions that will give you a steer as to what you should consider when sketching and how you could improve your own technique. Before giving you the answer though, lets have a quick look at a “childish sketch”. What is wrong with it?

Kids draw instictinvely – they want to show how they feel and are not particularly concerned about realism. Common characteristics are the flat blue sky, the spot-like yellow sun, the oversized flowers, the misproportionate human figures (usually representing family and friends), and the really bright and/or bold colours. You surely are familiar with these sketches and is probably quite easy for you to spot these mistakes….everyone knows that their little sister is not as tall as their family home!

Although you can spot easily these issues on a kids drawing, you will struggle to see it on your own sketch. Taking the items of the list above one by one and observing your work you will realise you make more or less the same mistakes. Look at your latest sketch and try to understand if you managed to show depth correctly (maybe things seem a bit flat?). Are your proportions right (that arm feels a bit long)? How about the colours you used (that red is looks too red, the dark corner is too dark and the highlights on the tree look like patches)?

Obviously, the scale of wrong is not the same; being around for a few years longer than a toddler has helped you develop a better sense of proportion and use of color. Nevertheless, you should expect your first sketches to still lack the right sense of perspective and correct proportion. If you work on these two elements your drawings will gradually start looking better.

Percpective, proportion and tone are the main elements we will be working on the following weeks. Remember that this blog is help from a fellow artist…just like asking a friend!

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