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Feature: Sketches and doodles

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 10:45 AM
Because sketches also deserve some love

Sketch: A hasty or undetailed drawing or painting often made as a preliminary study.

We all love finished works of art, don't we?
It's always so great to feel mesmerized by the amazing work an artist inverted on a piece, taking care of every little detail, managing to combine colors, textures, shadows and lights, to give as a result a masterpiece you could stare at for hours, immersing yourself in those details.

But just like a living creature, every masterpiece started little and grew slowly, it matured to reach that state of greatness but started humble, and just like a living creature that at one point was a baby, every masterpiece started as a sketch, an unrefined doodle on a piece of paper or a digital canvas.

However who said a sketchwork couldn't be just as impressive as a finished piece?

Annie Cute Butt - Tribute 2 by jesonite There you are by elsevilla Fem - Tangled Poetry by iumazark Cause I don't shine if you don't shine by madewithsadness t w o by Kisssooo

While looking at the finished product is always a delight, sometimes looking at the "naked lines" without inks of a comic page, the initial study of a character or a "work in progress" can also be interesting and leave you in awe. It gives a different feeling from the finished piece because there are always details that can only be seen when the artwork is still on the sketch phase.

Nothing tells more about the passion an artist pours on a piece of art like those textures and imperfect lines only possible with an old school pencil. Unless you're a drawing machine, you never do a line just once, you always make a line, then erase it, then make it again, then erase again... but those lines you erased never really leave, they are still there, only vaguely visible. Those almost imperceptible details now form part of your work and are what makes a sketch so great.

That imperfection is the beauty of a sketch.

Not all sketches are unfinished pieces

Another definition of sketch includes: "A drawing or other composition that is not intended as a finished work, but a preliminary exploration" (Wikipedia)

As mentioned, every piece of art starts as a sketch. However once in a while a sketchwork is intended from the beginning to never become a finished piece... or more like the sketch is the finished piece.

Sometimes a sketch is a perfect work of art by itself just the way it is, so the artist doesn't dare to spoil the perfection by adding inks or paint, colors or vectors. The sketch is just amazing in it's own way and no further elements or details need to be added.

Pepper Sketch II by Artgerm Scrapped Sketchbook Cover by RedBeanViolin Flight 8 Concept Art by nicholaskole sketch mashup by loish Roulette Commission ooneithoo by dapper-owl

So while many people associate sketch with unfinished and thus not of the same value as a finished piece, let's remember next time that sketwork has its own beauty and value, and that sometimes sketches and doodles  can be just as amazing and impressive as their finished counterparts.

Links of interest

Some deviants with amazing sketchworks

Some Sketch-focused Groups
Elite-Illustration (that has a subgallery dedicated to sketchwork)

A collection of amazing sketches, doodles, WIPs and studies that are just as great as any other work of art.
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giggles855 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
would u ever consiterding furturing me or im i not good enough
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is one awesome journal skin. :O
PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It indeed is! :O
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
YAR! :highfive:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thank you! :D I might consider releasing it now with the PCP... we'll see :P
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be cool. :iconrlyplz:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Estos sketches hacen que mis artes terminados se vean como dibujos de niño de 3 años.

Excelentes features como siempre! :D
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
verdá que si! T_T
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Síii! Cuando sea grande quiero ser como ellos! ;__;
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOL these sketches make me sad about my own doodles/sketches. :'D In any case, all of them are gorgeous!
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