Sketching techniques thread


I actually hate Deviant Art…I had an account years ago, but never really updated it.

I lean more on the “fine art” side, rather than the “commercial” side (graphic design and the like), but I believe I’m competent. I’m certified to teach K-12; I’m currently at a middle school (because my principal’s an awesome boss). Some of my former students that go to the high school still drop by for critiques from me, so I guess my influence stuck with them.

I haven’t updated this blog in a while, but it’s there:

A sample of my work:

old sketch in college (like, 10 years ago):

a more recent W.I.P. drawing of one of my friends (she used to be my classmate and currently an art teacher herself):

My line quality has gotten cleaner after 10 years, but I’m just gestural by nature. I like hard lines, and it carries over to my paintings too.

A watercolor painting from a 14-yr old student:

A photo sample from a (then) 12-yr old student from her trip to Europe (I teach in an affluent neighborhood, even though it’s a public school); perspective stuff:

A sample from one of my (then) 13-yr old students:


here’s a really good site on industrial design sketching


Here’s some of my industrial design stuff/sketching I did back in college

I sketch only with ball point pens.


same here, right now i’m only sketching with ball points. i tried rollerball pens but they dont feel as accurate as ball points. last week I ordered a pack of five rollerball pens before i had the chance to use one. they arrive in 2 weeks time but i’m already planning on selling them.


thought you guys might find these links interesting.


some more interesting videos




Elementary Perspective book?

I got this off of Geocities before it shutdown…

Maybe it’ll help… I have other stuff too, but lemme know how this goes first…

If you have too many options for books, you’ll never end up reading any of them…


thanks for the link Bull.

regarding the fundamentals i’m looking for books that cover the following:

*Zero to four point perspective, Other varieties of linear perspective, vanishing points, horizon lines, depth perception. composition, rule of thirds, rule of space, camera angles and lenses.

*lighting, shadows, reflections and values, rendering spheres and cubes

*human and animal anatomy… (not really as important as the other fundamentals because anatomy books are easy to come by).

i think that covers the basics.



most importantly i need info on the advanced side of the fundamentals, which are almost impossible to find on the net.


these are the types of advanced fundamentals i’m looking for.















I’ve heard good things about this book on anatomy (human and animal)

good discussion guys. keep it up.


Get this book and the blue one too. I think the blue one even comes with a DVD.

Since I am obviously a master of perspective I haven’t even opened the books or watched the DVD yet.

Here is the blue books link, it’s EXTREME!


wow, my thread’s a sticky… in a forum people rarely come to, lol.

PM me if any of you want books on “perspective” i have a few pdf files.


well, I felt it was a good thread to keep visible :wink:
even if this place is pretty quiet.


this is where you’ve been all this time? i rarely see your posts on GD anymore.

i’m going to start posting here often and i’ll get a little PM discussion going.


I post all over the GD, I just saw Rook was talking and just decided to post too. Rook is one of teh cool dude SRK artists. I hope baby rook is healthy and happy.


Thanks VS, that Figure drawing book was exactly what i’ve been looking for.

For some reason I stayed up all night compiling drawing exercises that cover every subject matter. I literally couldnt sleep until I finished it, lol.
Rather than drawing Random objects to improve your skills (which does help) its best to complete a lot of intense drawing exrcises that improve your freehand drawing skills, so that tackling any object/subject matter will not be an issue.

I’ll post these next week.


i’ve pretty much found all the information i need regarding the basic fundementals (with regards to perspective). if you guys are still interested just let me know and i’ll uplaod what i have.


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