My 10 Rules of Sketching

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1. Foundations of everything

Without a solid knowledge of perspective principles nothing will ever work out. Study the method, refer to the book often and make sure you understand it completely. For the moment concentrate on the frontal perspective - it is very powerful and hugely useful technique.

2. Horizon line

Remember, that the horizon line level has effect on the general impression of your sketch. Whether the horizon is at the eye level of a seated person or at 2 meter level above the floor, it is absolutely critical decision for the whole of the drawing and for how different planes are revealed.

3. Composition

A well-chosen view angle and the knowledge of composition are most crucial! They will contribute greatly to your sketch; by making your project look elegant and allowing you to present it to the best effect.

4. 3D Effect

To be sure, knowledge and application of the rules of light and shadows, the aerial perspective, tonal gradations and texturing are key. It is these things that give volume and expressiveness to a drawing.

5. The Trained Eye

Examine as many works and drawings as possible, learn wherever you can: YouTube tutorials or Skillshare classes, drawing exhibitions, read books about design, drawing and illustration. You have to become satiated with visual references for your own new and unique style to take emerge.

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6. Materials

Use quality materials. You don’t need a great number, but let them be the top quality. For a successful start, you will need 7-10 colours of professional markers (with 3-4 of them being tones of grey), a pencil, a black liner, a white pen,               an eraser, and paper. Later on, when you start being more involved with sketching, don’t pinch the pennies and buy Copic sets.

7. Techniques

The classic techniques of sketching will always be in high esteem: this are watercolours, Chinese ink, coloured pencils and pastel. But the experience tells me that the easiest, quickest and the most effective tool in interior sketching is markers: they give wonderful results, even when you use them for the first time.

8. Masters

If you want to become proficient at sketching as fast as possible, learn from the masters of the craft: take note of their devices, copy their techniques, and use this rich foundation of knowledge to develop your own unique and inimitable.

9. Customers

Remember, that all customers are guided by their emotions when they make decisions, which is why your portfolio and sketches must be “savoury to the eye”. Assess your portfolio one more time and ask yourself: «Would I buy it?»                    If the answer is «No», burn it and make a spectacular instead!

10. Everyday practice

Draw every day and train as much as possible your eye and hand. If you start practicing every day for approximately 30 minutes, it will take you about 3 weeks to achieve pretty high mastery of hand and your pictures will start showing confidence - the main quality of a professional, since you can always tell a pro from a beginner by the confidence of their lines and hatchings. Confidence only comes with experience!

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© Olga Sorokina, 2017


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