Focusing on the shapes

The inspiration for blogging is flooding right now. Writing that recent post seems to have been all that I needed, to spark something again. Gotta stay put, so that I don’t publish 10 posts a day though, haha. I don’t want to spam you guys.

As I mentioned earlier, I got several books in the making. Yes, you read it correctly.

Books.

They will keep me occupied through out the year, and even the beginning of next year.

Oddly, I don’t really feel intimidated by how much work that lies ahead of me. I’m actually quite pumped! I see a huge opportunity to hone in on my skills to sketch smarter. Become faster.

About working smarter

I’ve been struggling a bit with my sketches, and haven’t felt that I was quite at the level that I wanted to be. Besides, are you ever fully satisfied? Probably not. However, the sketching phase has always felt really daunting for me, whenever I’m starting a new project. Thumbnailing is fine, but my line art always felt stiff and kind of dead. I kept fixing all the mistakes, then eventually I ended up with art that still felt rather “blah”.

Something clicked quite recently. Or, at least I leveled up one step. It’s easier said than done, but I think that I’ve FINALLY connected the dots in regards of focusing on the main shapes of my subjects. And since then, sketching has been such a joy! Stop obsessing to find that perfect line, and think bigger. Think about the silhouette. Your taste when it comes to shape language is more important than one may think.

Outside and inwards

Start outside, and work yourself inwards, when refining a sketch. Look for that perfect balance with the shapes you lay down.

So, yeah. I’m very happy. The books will only give me the perfect excuse to sketch a lot, and keep exploring shape language. Those of you who know me, probably know by now, how much I love repetition.

 

2 Comments

  1. Tej 1 July, 2020 at 23:35

    These sketches are great! And yeah, this is so true. We often focus on little things or parts of an illustration and tend to forget about big picture and more important things like overall shapes, readability of those shapes, and the story it conveys. We need to keep reminding ourselves of this and the article definitely helps. Thanks for reminder :)

    Reply
    1. Andrea 4 July, 2020 at 16:03

      Thank you, glad you found it helpful!

      Reply

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