Another KISS: Keep It Simply Sketchy!

Sketch Of Girl With Vintage Polaroid Camera

I just found this sketch in my book. This is one of the usual simple drawings I produce for presentations or handouts. I don’t like to use photos except the photo is just perfect. Means: It shows exactly what I want to present and it’s technically and aesthetically within my range. I met a few people who are really good in bringing photos to that point with the extensive use of Photoshop. Which is usually a lot of work, and in my experience audiences tend to take photos for real, even if they are obviously ‘shopped. Sketches or illustrations have more that loose concept appearance. So I think even the loosest sketch beats a okay photo. And here comes the my ultimate tip for everyone who thinks even drawing simple sketches breaks fingers: Draw from photos! If you still don’t feel comfortable with that simply trace. Arrange what you need, ask a friend or colleague to model. Even a crappy cellphone pic will do it. I did the same with the sketch above: I asked my college Sabine Feske to hold a box. I later drawed the box into the Polaroid camera I wanted and added the hat. If you need to trace use tracing paper. After that feed your scanner – done. Be sketchy with your sketches, or in artist speak: “abstract”. Use a Sharpie to get rid of details. Nobody will miss them. Once you get used to it you will get a good routine. And it will be probably faster than scrolling through Google Images Search. PLUS: You own the copyright! So no worries anymore about publishing your work just because you used a graphic that nobody knows where it came from. Humor helps here too: Don’t take your drawings to serious. Can’t draw the face? Make it a smiley. If you still think you can’t handle the sketchiest sketch, feel free to contact me. Mail to or leave a comment.


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