Learn why sketching is an essential skill for all designers.
- In this age of everything digital, it's still essential to sketch and draw your ideas. Sketching away from the computer and all the distractions it holds, allows you to focus on concepts and outline a direction that supports the goals of the project. It's easy to get pulled into choosing fonts and picking colors you like, versus making carefully considered decisions about what they communicate and how each element works together. Think of sketching as one of your key tools, alongside your favorite software and apps.
You don't have to be a master draftsman, but you do need to feel like you can communicate your ideas quickly with simple sketches. That said, if you're drawing skills are strong, this can be a huge asset. It's a valuable skill you can bring to your team and clients. And if you're able to create some of your own illustrations, this can save time and money for your projects. If you don't feel like your drawing skills are where you'd like them to be, look for our Foundations of Drawing series.
Here you'll get guidance on perspective, shading, the figure, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. These are more traditional fine art drawing courses and will teach you how to render what you see. Another great group of courses is the Drawing Challenges with Vaughn Glitschka, who is a designer/illustrator. These are five or 21 days long and each day you get a short drawing assignment. They're really fun and will help you get into the habit of drawing every day.
So grab a sketchbook or a tablet. It doesn't matter. Just get your hand moving and translating the images your mind delivers.