September 30, 2019

Sketching. A valuable skill we all neglect


Graffiti, as well as wheat paste posters, are illegal in NYC. Regardless of its legality, it is probably the most vibrant artform remaining in the city. This freight elevator door and wall was a daily kaleidoscope where some would brutally write their tags over others whilst the more creative would actually integrate their work into or over others. In this case Cyclops. I met the artist responsible for this and she showed me her process which involved photographs of the potential site as well as multiple sketches. She said "You gotta have more than one idea and on paper, it just shows and you can see things more clearly when you can look back on older ideas and improve them. "

Greenberg's Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook provides some very useful guidelines summarized below:

You don't need to be an artist to sketch ideas

You need to understand the sketch is a metaphor for your idea

Multiple items can be used for your sketches:

  1. Writing implements: Pen,pencil papter etc
  2. Visual instruments (camera, phone etc)
  3. Objects
  4. shapes (signs arrows etc)

Your sketches should have active people.

Your people should have volume

Faces chould show emotion.

A simple storyboard: