Improve your sketches p5

June 25, 2012 — 2 Comments


This is a tutorial that explains how to hold your wrist when you are sketching. It is very common when people first start to draw they will use their wrist and draw scratchy lines. To get good quality lines you need to hold your wrist stiff and draw with your arm. You can see in the video how I keep my wrist stiff and I can create solid confident lines. You will also want to hold the pencil lightly, don’t press hard against the paper. As you work through your line work you will gradually make your lines darker. This helps with figuring out your proportions and figuring out your design. Then go back and darken the lines you feel are the best. If you do it this way you will hardly ever use an eraser. I do want to emphasis that this is a design style way to draw. Illustrators will hold the pencil in a different  style. They tend build up lines to form mass. Designers draw with line. I will go more into detail later on this subject. For now enjoy the tutorial and go practice you sketching exercises. Happy Sketching. Feel free to ask me any questions or have an comments.

Improve your sketches

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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

2 responses to Improve your sketches p5

  1. Thanks Dwayne!

    Also I learned from another designer (Scott Robertson) and notice you do it as well, to ghost the line before actually putting the pencil to paper. I find it really helps.

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