120420 Me sketching vs Work Sketching

April 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

I finished this week at work on a high note (great way to start a weekend!) with the realisation that I am finally developing a technique of sketching for work.
Obviously I have developed a Liz-way of sketching in my sketchbook, and although this was built on the foundation of my architectural working sketching (in developing a design) my ink and splashy washes do not transfer directly to the demands of work. It seems strange that what I am just so comfortable with in my sketchbook just don’t work at work!

What is the difference?
Me sketching – is quick spontaneous, not necessarily needing to be accurate and most importantly does NOT need to change. Once done, it is done.

Work sketching – there are two types that I am finding myself doing. 1. Quick design working sketches that I add colour to and are loose, rough but presentable to the client for concepts and ideas. Wet washes are not suitable for this as I am sketching non stop and would make a mess- I am also sketching on butter paper or yellowtrace.
2. More polished sketches, often based on computer 3D setups that need to be accurate, often are adjusted during the sketch as I am doing it for others in the office (and I don’t understand their design well enough!) or a week later after client feedback, often with various options and with people, cars trees etc (that I like to layer on afterwards…so can be removed if someone doesn’t like it… I got a comment on the girl that I put in a sketch this week)

… I will get to the explanation of this image eventually….

I do a lot of tracing, photocopying, layering and adjustments in photoshop and have therefore found that watercolour pencil are a great medium to use. The colouring part, is loose and rapid and with a very little water (on bond paper!) can become watery and even looser.
So… Finally…. here is a comparison of what I use for ME sketching and what I am currently using for WORK sketching. I am using watercolour sparingly on the bond paper- using spare pans and a waterbrush (I had using a waterbrush normally but at work it is perfect!) but mainly WC pencils and I am finally getting a specific collection that work well for my architecture work. Copic markers… I would love to use more of (and am really looking forward to Eduardo’s workshop in Santo Domingo in July)

Anyway….I have more to say but I won’t tonight…..stay tuned for some examples of my work sketches (the ones I did this week are still too hot off the press to be published here)

1 Comment

  • Filipe LF says:

    Great, I loved to read about your sketches and your work sketches, Liz!
    Unfortunately I wont be going to Santo Domingo, but I'm sure everybody will learn and have lots of fun,

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