Sketching – The Foundation of Art

Sketching is the most basic part of drawing and painting. Every great artist has begun exploring the art world by learning how to sketch. In order for a person to create a very complicated painting, he or she must learn about proportions, lighting, shadows, textures, and styles.

The easiest way to do this is with a pencil and a piece of paper. Sketches appear rough, and not many people like them. However, their purpose is for an artist to get a feel of his or her subject. Before taking the paints out, an artist needs to have a clear idea of what he or she is going to paint.

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Sketching an object means analyzing it. When a person is still learning about art, he or she will find that sketching is very useful. Even drawing a simple item such as an apple can be a challenge.

Creating a sketch is similar to creating a plan. If you have a lot of experience about something, then you may not need a plan. The same is true about painting. Very experienced artists do not need to create a sketch or draw on their canvas before applying the paint. However, they have a sketch in their mind. With enough practice, a person will be able to create such a sketch in his or her mind as well.

Beginner artists need to use sketches because it helps them analyze an object and understand how it should be shaded, where the light comes from, and what its basic proportions are especially if they are to be acrylic paintings on canvas. Even the best masters of paint use sketches when they are going to paint something new. For example, Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of bird flight helped him understand the proportions of a bird, and how it should be transferred on a canvas.

Sketches are not meant to be beautiful. There is a big difference between a sketch and a pencil drawing. Pencil drawings can be very complex when finished. When drawing with a pencil, an artist includes all the details that are necessary for it to be completed. This means that the drawing will be proportionately correct and with the right contrast and lighting. Pencil drawings require making a sketch as well.

Some artists prefer to make a sketch with charcoal. This is an individual choice and with time, every artist, even those that create high quality acrylic paintings finds what works better for him or her. Usually the first sketches of an object are very rough. This is because an artist is still not familiar with this object’s characteristics. Sometimes it takes a few sketches for all the necessary adjustments for lighting, shadows, and proportions to be complete. After all the basics are worked out, a person can complete a more detailed sketch. This detailed sketch can later be transferred to a canvas, so that an artist can use it as a guide.

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