Confession: I’ve never considered myself a “creative” person. I’ve always been good at crafty things that require dexterity of the hands, such as bracelet making, hair braiding, crochet, beading, etc. but I was never even mediocre in sketching, drawing, or painting. I could always look at a sketch of mine and know that it wasn’t right, but had no idea how to correct it.
In June, I went back to Budapest for a Design and Prototyping course. I was dreading this course more-so than the shoemaking one, as I was so embarrassed of my attempt at sketching. A requirement of the course was to submit sketches of your prototype that you wanted to be made. My original sketches looked like this:
During the course, we had homework every night, and the very first night our assignment was 100 sketches of 4 designs. That’s 400 sketches for 1 assignment! It sucked – and those first sketches of mine were horrendous – but after a while my lines became better and my eye for correcting my lines became better.
Now my sketches look more like this:
I still obviously have room to grow, but in a few short weeks I was able to make drastic improvements in my sketching simply by repetitive practice. I am also planning on taking a Photoshop course so that I can digitally sketch my designs, which will help when working with the manufacturers, but hand sketching is still very important in the initial process, I think.
Lesson learned: Practice does make perfect.