Hey guys, my name's Johnny Nguyen and I finally got around to making an account. I can't wait to be apart of the community!
So something I've discussed with so many designers:
I was the president of my school's IDSA club last year, and majority of our discussions and meetings would include activities that would encourage students to sketch more. From talking to underclassmen and even my peers I found that some of them saw sketching as a chore... something the class required, and would spend hours upon hours on a few concepts. I'm not saying it's wrong to spend so much time, but wouldn't it be better to actually enjoy
the task, and perhaps get faster / more confident at it?
My early background is in art, so drawing and sketching has become sort of a good habit. I would sketch during lectures, in my notes, on my arms, the list goes on! My suggestions to students have been to try sketching things they haven't before, make it FUN and enjoyable -so it's not just practice, but a hobby or something to include in daily life. Why encourage students to practice sketching blenders and toasters (unless they love toast, of course) when they can be learning line weights, textures, shading, and complex rendering through spaceships, monsters, robots, etc.?
What do you guys (and gals) think about helping students improve / enjoy sketching?
Also, sorry for the long post, here is my illustration page @ http://www.coroflot.com/johnnynguyen/Illustration