Word: Sketch .noun
Definition: doodle, outline
Synonyms: aperçu, blueprint, cartoon, chart, copy, delineation, depiction, description, design, diagram, digest, doodle, draft, figuration, figure, form, illustration, rough
All good design comes from sketching. Whether it’s just shapes and stick figures, to full on scenery with detailed beings and things, you got something to go on. If you go straight into perfection, you will find yourself struggling for quite some time. Believe it or not, but if you do thumbnail sketches before going into a project, you’re more likely to finish your project in a short amount of time. Deadlines for publications are easier to meet, and best of yet, you’re doing something that would take you normally 15 hours, in only 10 (well if you’re doing a huge project). Editing and fine tuning involved, you start with something rough and clean up/adjust in the next steps.
I find that if you sketch, anytime, anywhere, on anything (using any medium), you develop your skills and the more you do it, the easier and faster it is for you to come up with a great piece. Writing, designing, painting, and much more, start with the same steps. Rough drafts, copies, and multiple ideas/pitches are manditory for a much bigger project that surely will have an amazing result in the end. So draw those stick figures, doodle on your binder, or sketch on a napkin for all I care, but whatever you do, don’t try to do a ‘good-copy’ (final image) on the first go. In the end, if you do that, you’ll waste time and most of all, you’ll have little motivation to complete the project.
Sketching is your best friend.