FIDM Winter 2013 Quarter Schoolwork Update: Sketching

Happy Friday! I know most of you East-Coasters are already unplugged and enjoying the weekend so perhaps a “Happy Monday!” is more appropriate for you!

For the final (tiny, I promise!) installment of Erika’s school updates (the previous ones are here, here, here, and here), I gathered a few pieces of work from my sketch book. Disclaimer: drawing is one thing I really struggle with… I have historically been a terrible drawer. I swear, a few months ago I could not have sketched my way out of a paper bag. However, I really put in a lot of effort and made some serious improvements from where I was in January. Still, you won’t be blown away by this post haha! I debated not even posting about this class but I decided to be brave and say screw it! I want a true record of my progress around here! ;)

Our sketching class was mainly made up of exercises to help us understand drawing in perspective, shading with pencils and markers, loosening up our drawing techniques, and improving our sketching speed (since the most useful way to quickly communicate your ideas to a client in a meeting is to draw them!). Therefore, most of the pages in my sketchbook are made up of various short, timed sketches, along with lots of quick doodles to warm up my drawing hand. I really didn’t do any “finished” drawings besides the final one (which was also partially timed so I wouldn’t work on it forever!) so I am just going to give you a quick overview of my experience.

This is not, but very well could be, a page out of my sketchbook. It is composed of:
1:  15-second warm up using markers to help express 3D space
2:  30-second doodle of flowers I did while testing out a new marker I discovered in my supply kit!
3:  15 minute pencil sketch of a tufted ottoman in a space (notice the vanishing point — I need to see it… I haven’t mastered just visualizing the point yet!)
4:  10 minute pencil sketch of my awesome mustache corkscrew shaded with markers
5:  2 minute pencil sketch of a bottle shaded with markers
6:  1 minute blind (i.e. I couldn’t see the paper) contour line drawing (i.e. I wasn’t allowed to pick up my pencil) of one of my classmates. We laughed so hard! :)
7:  5 minute pencil sketch of a planter shaded with markers


Toward the end of the class, I managed to produce a few sketches that looked a bit more finalized. My favorite was a perspective sketch of the trellis in the park outside of the school. We sat out there for an hour sketching and listening to a man play Beatles songs on a guitar. It was really therapeutic, actually! And I was happy with the drawing. Maybe I always need to be serenaded when I draw…Sketchbook3

Our final project for the class was to take a picture (that had at least one, if not two, point perspective) out of a magazine and recreate it using all of our perspective drawing techniques.Sketching2I began the assignment by creating a pencil sketch. Note: some lines are strangely darker than others because I had to make certain lines darker for the next step! This by no means looks like a finalized pencil sketch… just a tool for step 2!Sketchbook2

I then used a semi-transparent marker paper and traced the sketch onto it with ink. Finally, I shaded the ink sketch with markers (and stuck it to the board with double-sided tape… that you can totally see. Boo.).Sketching1Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Does it look better than a kindergartener’s doodles? Yes! So progress is happening, my friends! I was very happy with the way it turned out, although there are things I would change if you could erase ink (you can’t. Boo.). But a huge part of my learning process has been to admit to myself that I literally cannot achieve perfection in sketching… imperfection is what makes hand drawings so beautiful. I pushed myself to NOT erase pencil lines and to loosen up! I think I made big steps towards that!

Have a great weekend everyone! :)

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10 Responses to "FIDM Winter 2013 Quarter Schoolwork Update: Sketching"

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  1. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    April 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I think you did a great job!! I sketch all the time in my job so it really is something you will use. Are you liking playing with the markers?

    • Erika

      April 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Christine! :)

      I love the markers! We got two sets and the first one had such a sharp point that everything looked stripe-y and un-blended. But when I tried the other set that had a flexible brush tip, I was MUCH happier. I just wish I realized it before the last month of the quarter haha!

  2. Ashley

    April 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    When I hear “marker” I totally visualize those fat crayola washable ones. Clearly that’s not what you’re using, haha! Like Christine, I think you did a great job!

    • Erika

      April 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Hahahah I wish that is what I got to use! ;)

      The markers have varying percentages of black in them (so 10% is the lightest, 90% is the darkest before pure black, etc.) to make a set of greys. It’s cool because you can layer in darker colors on top of lighter ones to get the look of shading. I have yet to truly master it but I am really liking it so far.

  3. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    You did an awesome job!

    • Erika

      April 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Thank you so much Kristen! :)

  4. Michaela

    April 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Wow girl! Looks great! I love your marker version :)

    • Erika

      April 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Thanks so much Michaela! Sketching is a work in progress for me… ;)

  5. Vicki

    April 16, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Um….WOW! Your sketches are great….I wish I could sketch like that! Looks like you are learning so much from this course. I can tell you are loving it by your posts, so excited for you.

    • Erika

      April 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Haha thanks Vicki!! I really am learning a lot and am loving school so much! :)


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