Toy Tech: Drawing From Life (Part 2)



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I always assumed I could see well until I began to draw more from
life. I remember standing in Times Square sketching people, cars and other city
After sketching for a while, I closed my eyes and re-opened
them only looking at my sketchbook to draw the latest scene from memory. I scribbled
out a sorry mess that made me realized how little I actually saw—how small my
perception really was. It was shocking.

The more time creative people invest in drawing from life,
the more we actually begin to see, and the more we see the more we begin to
understand. All of this perception gets filtered into our creative thoughts and inspires our toy ideation. Not only do glimmers of new ideas begin to spark
in the dark recesses of that cranial muscle called the brain, but the best ways
to visualize those gems also come into focus as well.

The surest way to create stronger concept art is to increase
your drawing skills and the only way to do that is to strengthen your
perception of life. Drawing helps you see beyond sight—beyond the normal to the
extraordinary. Isn’t it time your ideation moves into the realm of the

So, drawing people, animals, toys, cars, buildings or
whatever is in your environment will help grow your conceptual skill set. The quick
sketch in part one of this article was of my co-worker Angel, an industrial designer and amazing artist in his own right. I wanted to capture his
personality with as little pencil work as possible—a simple yet engaging image.

Design exercises like this will help you do the same for
your toy ideation drawings creating simple yet impactful statements—focused
and deliberate. These sessions will train you to draw the important iconic
elements of the subject that produces the fasted read and strongest impact.

In the rough brainstorming sketch depicting the cast from The Wizard
of Oz, the style and technique is exactly the same as the quick sketch of Angel I did for practice.
In fact, you could say it is a result of investing more time in drawing from
life to achieve the speed and free flowing line work that gives that image interest and accuracy.

Remember, the more drawing from life you do the more secure
you will be which will make your sketches have confidence and stronger emotional impact. So, have at it! Go out there into life and explore. Set no limits or boundaries to your imagination and look beyond the realm of the ordinary to clearly percieve the extraordinary.


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