I’ve actively been sketching at least once a day for the past few months.
By sketching I mean drawing outside of the usual realms of thoughts, commissions, work and design. Less about concepts, more about drawing things from life; objects, settings, sometimes people but mostly architecture.
Rooftops, Copenhagen Some call it urban sketching some call it drawing your surroundings and what you know. I just do it to stop myself from going mad sometimes.
Creatively, I tend to be really untidy, inaccurate, scrappy, abstract and sketchy. It’s more about problem solving than refinement.
My desk is a tip. When writing music I kind of come up with a general idea. It’s probably slightly different the next time I play it if I haven’t forgotten it by then. When painting I do a few crude blobs and that’s it. When sketching out UI I tend to scruffily produce a few sketches for a general idea only I can possibly understand until I involve others in the conversation or refine it a bit more in a browser and start focusing on the details in code. Being a generalist can sometimes feel very general .
Maybe sketches for me have always been just the starting point.
I wanted to focus on and develop the discipline and details; ratios, perspective, shadows, scale, tiny little windows.
Small detail of Berlin, work in progress, A3 Time
There’s nothing more irritating than when somebody says “How long did that take you?” or “How much spare time do you have?” Often we assign the value of something in terms of how long it took.
You don’t need much time at all to sketch.
In fact you can specifically use the little time you do have to maximise your skills.
Just a few minutes
Make full use of queues, bus trips, pointless meetings, waiting rooms and friends who are perpetually late. If I only have 5-10 minutes I set a timer on my phone and see what I can do in that short time and at what level of detail or accuracy, letting the time I have define the scope of the sketch.
Detail ≠ Accuracy.
Accuracy ≠ Detail.