Sketching Vs Drawing

Today’s post is something informative that would be quite useful for DIYs. Sketching is one of the most basic things to know for any project and one of the easiest to do…just creating a simple outline or marks on paper without much detail or shading. This can be either on paper, canvas, with pencil or charcoal. Sketching is essentially a form of drawing, a preliminary one, more loose and flexible….it can be erased, corrected and added to.

A drawing is a finished piece.  Most of the details of a drawing are figured out in the initial sketching phase. Usually you use colored pencils, crayons or markers for your final piece (this is after all the mistakes have been made and corrected during sketching).

There are different types and textures of paper to use depending on what you want to try. Sketch paper is of lighter weight, less expensive and usually comes as multiple sheets for practicing. It is perfect for getting the general outline of your image. Drawing paper, on the other hand, is more durable and can withstand a lot of erasing and fine detailing. 

Anytime you start drawing an image, always start with the more basic outline; like for an apple you would draw a circle first and slowly add details, for a face you would draw the outline of the face, eyes, nose and mouth and slowly erase and add finer details. This involves a lot of patience and a whole lot of erasing but at the end when it’s finally complete, there is no prouder moment.

I have listed a few materials that I have used in the past that have worked well for me. All of these are available at most craft stores.

  1. Sketchbook by Artist’s Loft (Link: Michaels Sketchbook) – This is like a travel journal and can be easily carried anywhere you go. It comes as a pack of two and is not too expensive.
  2. Drawing Paper Pad by Reeves (Link: Michaels Drawing Pad) – Perfect for doodling. You can use colored pencils, markers or paints.
  3. Pencils – For a good drawing pencil. you should look for consistency and smoothness. Some pencils have a grainy effect to them and can be rough to use. Pencils have different marks on them to indicate the texture or how black they are. The ‘H’ stands for hardness, ‘F’ for the fine-ness of a pencil and ‘B’ for blackness. The blacker the grade on the pencil, the softer the lead. A standard pencil used for sketching is HB or 2B (the 2B is more black than the HB).

Hope this helps you play around with it and create some fun art.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Jasmine Ive says:

    I end up sketching and loving the finished sketch so much I call it the final picture, lol. I find the stresses I feel when trying to make a good image comes from the need to make the lines clean. When I enter into a frame of mind where I don’t care if it isn’t perfect, my drawing becomes a lot more relaxed and I end up surprising myself. Not being uptight about the image is definitely a worthwhile skill for me to end up with something I can be proud of 🙂

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