Ben Crothers: Using Foundation Lines to Increase Confidence and Ability

Ben Crothers: Using Foundation Lines to Increase Confidence and Ability

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Ben Crothers (@BenCrothers), author of Presto Sketching:The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design, believes in using foundation lines as a way to increase his ability and confidence in sketching.

By breaking anything that you want to sketch into simple geometric shapes with your mind's eye, and then using a lighter color (or pencil) to sketch out those shapes as foundation lines first, you get a much more satisfying result.

Says Ben,

I started doing these a while ago, as a way to build a visual library of things that are useful to mentally ‘reach for’ when sketching at work; this is handy for journey mapping, graphic recording, sketchnoting, storyboarding, or anything else where you need to communicate ideas and messages to others.

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Ben encourages people to work on their  observation skills as well as their drawing skills. Look at objects around you and sketch foundation lines. Repeat. With practice you'll start seeing foundation lines when looking at objects, making it easier to draw them.

You can see Ben's full blog post on the topic of Foundation Lines here.

Thanks for sharing this valuable tip with us Ben!

~Steve

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