10 Ways to Practice Sketching Styles I Want to Emulate
I started sketching visuals in January, thanks to Laura Evans-Hill (https://twitter.com/EvansNifty), who was part of that month's Ship 30 for 30 writing cohort.
These are ideas to practice emulating the styles I'm most drawn to. Below is an example of something I made, but it's not quite the style I want to continue with!
1. Upload snapshots of visuals I like into Procreate and trace over them
Only for my personal practice! I'll get a feel for the kinds of strokes and brushes they most likely used.
2. Recreate a sketch without tracing over it.
3. Make a new brush set in Procreate called "Mentor Brushes" and save brushes they use there.
4. Add "Steal 1 Sketch" as an item on my Daily Habits list.
5. Choose 1 person's style to practice with for a week or month.
6. Choose 1 element to practice with every day for a month
I got this idea from Campbell Walker, known as Struthless, in a YouTube video about the best drawing advice he received:
7. Make a list of individual techniques an artist uses that I could practice with.
8. Do a sketch incorporating an element or technique from several people's styles all together.
9. Make a Pinterest board to collect examples of the sketching styles I like.
To do this I need to find out what the styles are named first. Naming them will help to know what it is I'm looking for.
10. Practice sketching with pencil & paper.
I'm drawn to sketches with an imperfect pencil/charcoal look to them. Drawing with analog tools is a way to practice this realistically.