Drawing is fundamental to graphic design. Habitual drawing increases the skills of logo designers, page layout designers, and typographers alike. When a designer “makes do” by not sketching on a routine basis, the designer in some ways in shortchanging his or herself. Yes, designers absorb a lot of information from other designers and can “get by” by in the appropriate sense copying the great work of others. But, as some point, all the great design work we should and do borrow from, comes from the hard work of some designer with a good foundation in drawing.
I’d like to encourage every graphic designer to draw every day. It doesn’t matter what you draw. Random is great! To encourage this, I decided to post some pages from my current journal. I use a blank page, heavy spiral bound, #100, acid-free notebook at 7 x 10 inches.
Mixed in with my design work and meeting notes are totally random sketches for fine art projects, studies, still lifes, mind maps and all manner and what not of all kinds. I personally enjoy not only individual drawings from people’s sketchbooks, but all the progress from page to page. In that spirit, I have posted about 30 different scans representing about 50 different drawings and sketches. Some are refined, some are patently not refined. Some are personal, some are strictly business. I personally like that mixed up matrix when I come across it on other blogs, and so I’m contributing my drawings to the crowd.
50 Sketches from a Graphic Designer
Please click any sketch for a larger version.
Well folks, that’s it for now! More to come as I take the time to collect more sketches as the sketchbook fills up! I hope this was, at the least, interesting!