|Project sketch I made in 2008 for my sewing book. This one didn’t get approved, but I’m glad I kept the sketch because now I can make this project for my house!|
I have a love/hate relationship with sketching. In all my years of making things, I’ve never been one to plan ahead. I just sit and let the supplies speak to me and go with the flow. But when I worked on my sewing book a few years back, my editor required sketches for every project. It kind of scared me to think that far ahead, but I had to do it to move forward.
I found the process intimidating and it made me second guess myself. I would have asked Patrick to step in, he is the one who is good at all that stuff, but I forced myself to try.
Pictured above is a sketch from my sewing book that didn’t get approved. I found it recently and actually love it! I plan to make it for my blog. I’m so happy I had a record of this idea, otherwise I would have forgotten it.
I also have a journal where I draw out ideas for craft designs and paintings. Sometimes the the sketch turns out to be the actual art piece! Even though it is extra work, I LOVE to sketch now. It calms me down. It feels like I’m outlining a short story…There is always the eraser to fix the errors! I’ve since taken a couple online classes that have been very helpful and I’ve even graduated to drawing people!
This week I had to sketch for work for a BIG project. The rule is – once you turn in the sketch and it is approved, you have to stick with it, no little extras.
Well, I made the final projects and last night before I went to bed I noticed little extras I had added without even realizing! My brain wants to do one thing, but my hands have a mind of their own.
I could turn it in as is, but I want to be a true professional. So I stayed up late and made the projects all over from scratch – and stuck exactly to my original sketch.
However, I’m turning in both versions, you never know, they might like the little extras.
3 thoughts on “Why you should sketch.”
Practice makes perfect. Keep doing it until you are satisfied with your results.
Devil preaching morals( Diablo predicando moral) I wish I would take my own advise.
Lots of snow here in Calgary, good day to do some crafts, but I have to shovel snow.. Excuses, excuses…
I so relate to your lament of “My brain wants to do one thing, but my hands have a mind of their own.”
I have piles of things, that I look at and, look at and for some reason feel they are “not done”. Luckily several of my daughter in laws go nuts for something I did and then I know, they are ready to go!
I love your sketches! They’re whimsical, like your personality. Keep it up! Where/when do we get to see pics of the finished things? :o)