Using foundation lines is a tried-and-tested way to sketch with greater confidence and ability, and get more satisfying results. Try these 4-step practice drawings yourself.
If you’ve been anywhere near Presto Sketching on Instagram, you would have seen a growing collection of 4-step how-to practice drawings, like this one:
I started doing these a while ago, as a way to build a visual library of things that are useful to mentally ‘reach for’ when sketching at work; this is handy for journey mapping, graphic recording, sketchnoting, storyboarding, or anything else where you need to communicate ideas and messages to others. I do a lot of these during my sketching training, so I decided to add them to Instagram too. They seem to be hitting a nice chord with people, and I’ve started taking (and sketching!) requests.
If you’ve read Chapter 6 of the Presto Sketching book, you’ll know that I’m a fan of using foundation lines as a way to increase ability and confidence in sketching. By breaking anything that you want to sketch into simple geometric shapes with your mind’s eye, and then using a lighter colour (or pencil) to sketch out those shapes as foundation lines first, you get a much more satisfying result.
I know that there are already SHAZILLIONS of how-to practice sketches on the internet (and some great books too!), but I like to encourage people to work on their observation skills as well as their drawing skills. In other words, really seeing and paying attention to what you want to draw is just as valuable as how you end up drawing it.
Once you sketch anything using foundation lines a couple of times, your mind’s eye automagically ‘sees’ the foundation lines on the paper, tablet or whiteboard, and you can then draw whatever the object is with more confidence. You can also develop your own style, based on a more solid understanding of what it is you want to show.
So take a look at the examples below, and the whole range of things I’m showing over on Instagram. Have a go at drawing the ones you like. Before long, you’ll be able to sketch up an ice cream, a moped, a kraken — or whatever it is you want to draw — in no time at all!
Requests are welcome too, in the comments or you can contact me on this website. What do you want to get good at drawing?
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