Throughout the winter months many artists are in their studios trying to develop a painting from sketches and drawings that they have done throughout the summer. Quite often the result is merely an enlargement of the sketch. Which, most often produces something not quite as satisfactory. The freshness and spontaneity are lost. A lot can depend on how we use the sketch. If we use the sketch (or photo) as a guide only, we may be able to inject a certain amount of freshness into the painting.
When working outdoors, the general motto is “the quicker the better,” in order to get something recorded before the light changes too much. This of course, gives the sketch or drawing a quality that can never be recaptured in the studio. So, to do a painting from sketches and drawings it is better to not try to copy these exactly, but to use them as a guide to produce the studio piece which should have a quality of it’s own. When working outdoors one might consider doing a series of drawings or sketches of the subject; possibly showing different parts or views.
What is the Difference Between Sketching and Drawing?
Sketching is a looser and less defined form of drawing. It is quite often hastily done, just defining the essential features. Basically showing the shapes and forms without presenting much detail. An artist may start with a sketch, and then develop it into a drawing.
Drawing is a more complete and more detailed rendition of the subject. The drawing is generally thought out and done at a much slower pace.
The sketch can be used as a first draft for the drawing, and is used to depict information pertaining to size, proportion, placement of objects, their relationship to each other and gesture. Quite often it is a simple line drawing with indications of the colors to be used.