Well, there are many techniques to use in sketching out
rough ideas for toy ideation. From simple outline marker scribbles to using the
side of a pencil for shading effects not to mention the wonderful world of
digital sketching that utilizes endless brush variants.
Today, I wanted to discuss the technique that I have used
since I was a young lad breaking into the business—cross-hatching. I tend to
use this technique with just about any medium because it creates a signature
style and simply adds a little flare here and there.
What does that have to do with toys you ask? Well, it
actually has a lot to do with any visual concept design ranging from toys to
product to feature film. Cross-hatching is a technique that allows you to
visualize an idea making it look detailed but not really taking a great deal of
time to do it—that’s key to our business.
I mainly use this technique for rough ideation sketches and
therefore can’t show a toy sketch because much of my idea work is still pending
the green light. So, a recent class demo I did will work to show how this
technique quickly indicates light and shadow forming all of the features and
details you need to capture a visual concept on paper.
Continued In Part 2 . . .