Tutorial/Idea–Sketch Collage with J.S.

My friend Juan and I did a mini sketch-crawl yesterday. We started in a neighborhood and walked to a park, creating a sketch collage with pen and ink as we went.

Sketch collages are a great way to:

  1. fill a page,
  2. force yourself to work quickly to capture relevant detail,
  3. prevent yourself from getting too precious with your sketching,
  4. deal with composition and shape,
  5. try out new techniques and tools

Create contrast in your sketch collage by:

  1. alternating natural and man-made objects
  2. vary size and direction (e.g. round things, long things, etc.)
  3. employ close ups and long shots
  4. rotating the page

When you’re finished you have a piece that you can then refine or correct manually or digitally. Below is the original scan (watercolors were added after the ‘crawl) as well as a digital version adding layers and elements in Photoshop. Not necessarily one to hang in a museum, but a great way to sharpen your skills and have some fun.

juan_sketchcollage_first

juan_sketchcollage_final

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