The Basics

My definition of a “true” quick sketch is simply “a sketch done quickly” (i.e., an image captured from a live object on paper in about twenty to thirty seconds). My quick sketches differ from typical classroom quick sketch/gesture drawings that are usually done in one- to two-minute poses by a still or posed model. Typically, “built in” to the models’ poses are balance, perspective, proportion, silhouette, etc. for the duration of the pose. Most models work hard to give the artist the best poses possible and the results are “frozen in time” for the artist to capture everything on paper.

It is my belief that in order to capture a true quick sketch, one must also capture the action seen with the eye. The eye then relays what ...

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