Challenge 2: Sketching and Doodling

When you know how to sketch, you are a better problem solver. Take a problem, sketch it out on paper, look at the big picture, and often the solution is clear. Knowing how to doodle can also make you a better listener. Sketching is roughly scribbling an idea down in a drawing. A sketch gives you an idea of where the drawing might go. Carry a pocket sized sketchbook and pencil with you so when you get an idea, you can sketch it down on paper right away. 

Playlist and Draw Alongs

Sketch Alongs: Get out some pens and paper and sketch along to learn this valuable skill.


How to Make Sketchnotes

sketchnotes are a way to organize a problem, 


Sketching Using Basic Shapes

draw along to experience how to break down anything you want to draw into basic shapes you can manage.

Urban Sketchers Method of Drawing

Learn from the masters and draw along or sketch ideas as you watch this video. These fast and loose sketches will free you and make your assignment drawings easier and faster.

Doodle Alongs
  • a. How to start doodling: try Sarah's method and see if it works for you!

  •  Doodle sketch line pattern: you can impress people with a drawing like this, and all it is is lines and dark shapes.

  • Just a doodle



4 Prep Drawing Assignments


Using the core elements of drawing for inspiration (and your imagination of course.) 25 points

If you can draw the core elements of drawing, you can draw just about anything. Get out your pencil and unlined paper, hold your pencil as shown in the previous video, and go for it. Draw one full page of doodles. Tip: get started and then set this page aside to come back to later. Have fun. Do your best to be neat, but don't worry about perfection. Sign and date your work, photograph it, and add it to your folder or sketchbook to be uploaded when you finish this challenge. 


One page (or two page spread) on any topic you need to organize. Check out these ideas for making successful sketchnotes. 25 points

Location sketching assignment  

Get out of the house and go to a cafe, mall, anywhere you can sit and sketch your surroundings. Draw your surroundings until you have somethiing that pleases you. It might take a couple of tries. This drawing can be fast and loose, but not sloppy. Use the Urban Sketchers site as inspiration.  25 points

Doodle About a Dream You Had

Practice holding your pencil in different ways to open up a whole new level of marks you can make in your drawings. It can be a recent dream, a recurring dream, or a dream from the past. Plan your composition on scratch paper before making the final drawing. You can use any art materials you have, add color if it works, do your best to visually tell this story. 25 points

2.3 Submit Sketching & Doodling Drawings

When you're finished, sign, date, and title your prep drawings. Scan or photograph (your phone camera is ideal) your drawings and submit them.

2.4 Setting Objectives and Making a Plan to Succeed

The exercise asks you to list two positive outcomes of finishing this course, two obstacles, then two if-then statements for overcoming the obstacles. Writing your goals down and stating them makes it much easier for you to accomplish them.  25 points

Portfolio Drawing Assignment


Fill an entire page with small sketches of objects around the house following the steps in this lesson.

Sketching is a process of roughly scribbling your ideas on paper. There are four steps to sketching:

  1. Loosely and lightly draw an object

  2. Refine the shape

  3. Keep refining

  4. Define the shape

While you draw: 

  • Don't be a perfectionist

  • Focus on the overall shape instead of the details

  • Use gentle pressure

Here's an example of the process your will use, except you will refine and define your original sketch. This image breaks down each of the steps of the four stages. When you sketch, you will draw one version of say, a bird, then refine and define that same sketch.

Here are some ideas for you to draw (you can draw anything that is business appropriate though):  Fork, hat, jacket, your foot, eye, a favorite pet, tree, car, plane      

2.5 Submit Portfolio Quality Sketch

When you submit, grade yourself according to the rubric, talk about your process, what went smoothly and what didn't. This is important, it's on the rubric.

100 points


Reflection & Revision

2.6 Sketching and Doodling Critique

After you submit your portfolio drawing, upload it again into the 2.6 Sketching and Doodling Critique. Copy and past your comments about your work.

Then, critique three other students' work by making a positive comment or a suggestion for improvement.


2.7 Submit Revised Portfolio Drawings

Upload your revised portfolio quality drawing in the 2.7 Submit Revised Portfolio Drawings. Tell us the process you went through to get your final drawing. Then, look at three other student's works, and make either a positive comment or suggest a change. There's no room for negativity in these critiques. Your purpose it to help other students and listen to the feedback they give  you.

Take another look at your portfolio drawing before you finish this challenge and ask yourself what you can do to improve them. Listen to the feedback you got from me when you submitted your work, and the feedback you got from other students in the critique.