Look at these two drawings.
I’m working on sketches for Just in Time Book 4. These are for chapter 6. I drew the first one but it lacked the life it needed, so kept trying. In their basic elements they are the same. A spot illustration of little girl kissing a dog. Both figures are in profile and the eye level is strait on. So why is the second one so much better than the first? Watch the video and I’ll try to explain.
I drew the first sketch at the end of the day, I was tired and I just wanted to get it done. The next day after some rest I knew I could improve it. Seeing the problems in the first sketch really helped me as a jump off point to improve the drawing in the later sketch.
As you work on your own drawings keep these few tips in mind.
This isn’t the middle ages and paper is CHEAP, Feel free to mess up a few pieces to get the drawing you want. Don’t let the fear of not getting it right the first time time keep you from trying.
Use your mistakes to help you improve the next drawing. In the case I scanned the old drawing into photoshop, made some changes, printed it, put a paper on top of the print out, drew some more, scanned it, messed with it, printed it and drew on top of it again.
Now I’ll send the sketch in for approval if the art director likes it we’ll see it in the book, but I may have to make even more tweaks before I can move on to the finished drawing.
Never forget becoming better at anything is a process. Trust it and don’t get frustrated if your not where you want to be yet. Just keep swimming and you’ll get there.
Do you use a similar approach in your own process? What does it take for you to get a sketch where you want it?