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The importance of Key sketches

Key sketch can be simply defined as the process of portraying the ideas onto the paper until the artist is able to see the intended results. Simply put, it is the process followed by the artist till he visualizes the final painting. Key sketches are not finished sketches with perfect lines or shades rather it is the creation of the artist for himself to record the essence of the composition, scene and the appeal which is not necessarily to be understood by the third party.

The key sketches allow the artist to decide what his final output should look like and helps to eliminate the unimportant elements from the composition. Key sketches are not fully rendered pencil sketches but help the artist to find the answers for his size, shape, elements, and color related dilemmas.

Key sketches form the first step in the creation of a piece of art as it helps in simplification, elimination, and the addition of elements resulting in the formation of a flawless masterpiece. They form a means of memory and planning tool which helps the artist to remember to incorporate the important features of the subject, what was the importance and how does that element balance the whole composition. The artist creates a few number of key sketches until he is satisfied with the perfect thumbnail idea. Of, course the first created thumbnail is almost never the perfect one but is an early composition method of sketching out several compositions quickly.

Want to how are they made? Hold on your mind and sketch out the ideas that flash through every second, once you have all your ideas on the paper figure what you have been looking for. Visualize what you want including the color, feel, message etc to be portrayed to your audience, then compose. Let your compositions find its way to perfection, by perfection we mean the right composition and not the quality of the composition, Remember, the key sketches are always for an artist to refer and are a means of refining his visual power.

Key sketches are an effective means if practiced by art beginners and art aspirants. It helps save time and also fine -tune the final painting or sketching. Key sketches act as a guide towards perfection and error-free results.

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