Improve your sketches p3

June 12, 2012 — 4 Comments

So here is part 3 of “improve your sketches” series. This starts to become a little more difficult to do but with practice you will get better. This time we are moving away from sketching lines and we will be sketching circles. So in this sketch exercise the secret is using your whole arm. In general a secret to a good drawing or sketch is not using your wrist, you need to use your whole arm. This keeps you from drawing those ugly scratchy lines. Keep your wrist stiff and draw with your whole arm. So try to draw small circles and large circles with one stroke. When you draw with one stroke it gives your sketch a more confident and professional look. Treat it as a warm up and don’t worry about drawing a perfect circle that will come over practicing a lot. In fact I encourage you to do these three exercises I have given you everyday and it will improve you ability to sketch. Feel free to leave any comments below or questions you might have. Happy Sketching to you all.

Dwayne Vance


Dwayne Vance


I own and operate Masters of Chicken Scratch. I have been a designer for over 12 yrs now and I have been able to do work for several Fortune 500 companies and several other amazing businesses. I also self published Masters of Chicken Scratch Vol1 and Vol2 and currently working on more book projects. I really appreciate everyone that stops by to read the blog and I feel honored that people are interested in what I have to share. So Thank You

4 responses to Improve your sketches p3

  1. Well I guess that explain that when I do strokes with my whole arm moving it’s like better than doing a stroke with the wrist, thanks for the insight.

  2. Hi Dwayne,

    Thanks for this series on improving sketches. I have a small tremor in my drawing hand and found because of it, I was gripping too tight and get frustrated with the inability to control line. Then i learned to hold the pencil under hand and use arm strokes like you describe and find control was bad at first, now i can decent control. hopefully fine detail can be achieved eventually.
    Thanks for sharing.

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