I did this sketch in order to test the scene for a potential workshop demo and exercise and it only took me a few minutes to do.It turned out to be a good example of a number of very important aspects of my approach to quick sketching.
When I need to sketch something in a short period of time, I always simplify the scene to one object with a little context rather than drawing the whole scene.
I also reduce the hues and leave lots of white space. Reduce the hues is one of my really important quick sketching mantras that I haven’t shared much publicly before, but I devote most of a lesson to it in my SketchingNow Watercolour Online Course.
An expressive fast tool helps as well. In this case it was my Sailor fude pen filled with De Atramentis Urban Grey Document Ink. A pen with a variable line seems to free me up to work faster.
I think it’s really important to have a designated fast tool in your sketch kit – a ‘go-to’ tool when you only have a limited time period to sketch. What this tool is, changes from time to time, and sometimes I have more than one, but I always have a fast option in my kit.
I have lots more fast sketching tricks and tips, but these are three common ones.
Do you use any of these techniques?