I tried to explain it away, saying that I wasn't much of an artist when it came to drawing, and that I got my ideas firmed up best in real models.
I later discovered that the Anonymous poster was, in fact, my own brother, which caused me to discount his comment entirely until he explained his reasoning. He said that he'd seen the kinds of random doodles I do to get ideas about how to lay out models/to preserve the images that flash through my brain. While he agreed that they weren't "Art," he thought that there may be people out there who were daunted by the idea of sketching something and who don't dare draw because they feel their drawings are terrible. He's a very different kind of artist than me, and I think that in this difference he has more patience with all kinds of art, while I tend to discount anything I do that isn't perfect.
All philosophical art posturing aside, he told me that I should whip up a post about the random sketches I do to show that cool models can come from random sketches. I think that maybe he's right, and in the vein of the How To Sculpt series, I hope that this post shows people that sometimes just doing something is enough: that you don't have to be amazing to at least be good.
If not, it should at least be good for some LOL'z.
When it comes to sketching, my sketches really are at their sketchiest: broken lines forming the rough idea of what I intend:
However, for the most part, the stuff I draw is neither in scale nor pretty. I try to use it to capture key ideas, even if all the parts aren't figure out or lined up. As most of what I've posted in my concept series has been Nid-related, here are some of my 'Nid sketches:
mycetic spore concepts:
I've also been kind of obsessed with coming up with some more believable Tyrant Guard and some more menacing Boneswords:
I did a goodly amount of sketching to save my ideas for the Coven project. Here are some ideas that have been realized...
So get out there and get sketching!