Recently I was invited to travel to Chicago to work with the students at UIC’s Industrial design program for a sketching workshop session. i always look forward to not only traveling, but to engaging with students and faculty in an effort to share what I know and love about sketching with those I can share.
As usual, the day started with a short presentation about visual communication, it’s broad meaning to all of us, and in the context of sketching concepts and designs. I won’t bore you with details here, but if you are interested, you can always email me about coming out for a workshop at your school some time.
Then what followed was a marathon session of some serious non-stop sketching. There’s always so much to pack into just a few hours of presentation time, and it’s near impossible to get it all in, so I rarely take breaks these days during my presentations so that I can get as much out as possible for the students.
All in all, it was received well. One of the concepts I do teach about it having a conversation with the sketch you’re working on. I didn’t coin that idea, and I cede it’s origin to a classmate of mine in college. Sketching really is an iterative process and rarely do I ever conceive an idea in my head only to have it perfectly executed on paper. It’s always good then to see someone present the process live and in the raw and acknowledge this simple, yet oft overlooked fact. It’s a process and it takes time.