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Learn to Sketch... a Timeline

teacher avatar Meg M., sketchologist and content designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Intro


    • 2.

      Project Demo


    • 3.

      Sketch Alphabet


    • 4.

      People & Faces


    • 5.

      Places & Locations


    • 6.

      Education & Business


    • 7.

      Bonus video


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About This Class

This class will:

  • show you how to sketch a timeline to convey a lot of meaning, in a short amount of space and time;
  • be perfect for anyone who has ever said ‘I can’t draw!’

'Sketch' means ‘a rough or unfinished drawing… often made to assist in making a more finished picture.'

Using a 5 basic shapes sketch alphabet you can sketch just about anything. Sketching is fast and it can be done anywhere, using pen and paper, a digital device or a whiteboard.

'Learn to Sketch...a Timeline' is the first class on the Sketchability pathway to visual storytelling.

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Meg M.

sketchologist and content designer


Sketchologist and content designer from the coolest little capital in the world - Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

What is a Sketchologist?  Someone who can sketch visual stories, ideas and concepts to unravel complex information and help to find solutions.

I would like to encourage everyone to see how easy it is to regain that childhood delight in making a mark on paper (or iPad), to pick up the pen and roughly sketch out your ideas, thoughts and problems to make sense of them, and to explain them to other people, quickly and engagingly. 

My Learn to Sketch... series will develop over time and take students on a pathway to becoming a visual storyteller.

To get started go to my first class 'Learn How to Sketch.. a Time... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Class Intro: it's. 2. Project Demo: it's. 3. Sketch Alphabet: hi and welcome to listen. Three. The skitch off a bit. Five basic shapes would have the basic shapes Square circle, triangle, aligning dot and the blob. You can mix these up and to make just about anything. We've got an ice cream. Just add some blocks, some circles and you've got some people. The blob. Very versatile. Just draw blob. Add some lines at the bottom. Little blades of grass. You go yourself some trees. Cityscape just rectangles backed on each other, triangle on top, aide dots and a line to create windows little door chimney and said, like dish. The size of an object indicates its importance, so you can change the importance level by the size. Positioning your items means you a sharing intersection and direction can be implied by decreasing with increasing size is if you're edge words to any of your basic shapes, you can create groupings and care degrees. So here we have sales HR ticks in a circle at a straight line and then a blob on top, and you've got your I T cloud. Creativity, of course, has to be inside a blob with just a few extra lines. For example, putting lines. On the sit side of sales, you have an actual sale sign. Creativity. Leadsom arrows a few little stars in some dots just to bring some engaging imagery. Let's look at those generic career areas, so science has always bean denoted by the three oblongs and dissecting dot in the middle and inducts around the outside for take a team to use the digital symbol, which is a squiggly line in a circle. Engineering a circle Leadsom Rick tangles on the outside and a circle in the middle, and you've got yourself a cock. The arts is pretty much always been showing is a paintbrush, but with the advent of digital, it's ed The cloud and for meth will just have to be the good old price on. So let's recap five basic shapes Square Circle, Triangle line and dot and the blob. Put these together in a sequence, and you can make just about anything. The size of an object indicates its importance. Its position indicates we're into six, and direction can be implied by changing sizes. EDS. Woods to your shapes and you create care degrees and groups. Science three ha belongs tick digital engineering called the ATS and the Cloud and the Mets symbol. Let's take a look at some of the basic shapes that were used in the project. Demonstration a rectangle with some posts and you've got a year sign the high schools just made up of rectangles, triangles, circles. We'll be covering people in the next listen, and this difficult is just a cylinder shape with a wiggly page at a flag. Do anything and it becomes official. 4. People & Faces: welcome to listen for. People and faces were going to look at body shapes and actions and facial expressions. Win dealing with stick figures, which is the easiest to draw. Think off the rule of thirds. They hid the body, and the legs should all be about 1/3 of the heart. This gives good proportion. The block figures are lots of fun that you can use large or small blocks and some hands at some feet. Very expressive. My favorite is the style people. You can use the pointy nous of the arms to indicate gesture, and they're really fast to draw. But the most expressive is the good old stick figure. So thinking of an idea. Put your hand up thinking. Put your hand on your head. The walking runs very easy, its sister straight line with a curved back foot. The run. You have to practice a bit more because you have to get the league shape right sitting between two. Lean forward when you sit, so I put that in a swell and presenting, pointing your hand in one direction. Let's look at some of the ways you can show people is friends or pals and teams. Just putting people inside basic shapes and blocks means you can, you know, stop people. My favorite Kim families. We team to ginger rise thumb. So let's swap it around. We'll start with the female gender, and you can add the catch. You can keep the gender neutral just by using stash shapes for the crowds. It's very simple. Just decreased size off the people as you go towards the back stick figure is pretty easy to create a cat's Cape ST. Okay, facial expressions really easy to do by changing the mouth shape. So you've got very happy, happy, little bit happy, neutral, not so sure not happy and said some extras. Thinking with your thought bubble, which, of course, is just a bladder blub. The other thinking I like to do is have a little finger on the chin, talking with some speech action, a speech bubble and shouting big, loud mouth personas. You can show the age of your personas by aiding things like hits for the older generation, baseball caps for retains the ubiquitous headsets headphones spiky here, shaped here and a little bit clearly here. Now, time for a bit of practice. So on the continuum you can have miserable, neutral and jumping for joy. So ever think about some of the things the shapes and facial expressions you might use and in a little bit said and a little bit happy, Let's look at in the career demo. You see, I used a variety of different body shapes, some stick figures, some stars, and they all convey the same message. 5. Places & Locations: welcome to listen. Five places and locations will be looking at countries, cities, towns and how to represent farms to factories. Office drawing countries can be quite difficult if you are using a digital device. The trick is to find an outline of your country and then use it to trace over. This is the simplest and easiest way. However, you can't always heaven outline when you need it. So how I approach countries is I look for the basic shapes that those countries make up. So New Zealand is just made up of four oblongs, really with Australia but different. So I break it into two halves. The left hand side is more square and the right hand sides got that very obvious Peninsular at the top. It's just a matter of practicing until the shape looks about right and you can draw it quickly. North America quite angular on the lift, but it has some circular shapes on the right. I use oblongs to represent those need to practice at least a dozen, maybe 20 times until you are able to get the shaped in proportion. If you're using pen and paper, you will need to print out a copy off this country at lights aimed to use a thin piece of paper to trace over the top. The trick to representing cities is to change the roof line off your rectangles, and a small features like aerials have flags and so on. If your city has a distinctive feature, such as a bridge or a river, try to include that as well. Towns are mawr aligned with housing, so make sure you include some housing trees and municipal or official type buildings like town halls. So again, if you have something distinctive in your local area or what you want to represent, try to replicate that the country nice and simple. You just use lines to indicate land. Look at the farm or buildings, that representative in your area. Don't forget to add some trees in some sort of growing agriculture. He's just took for some off the more recognized capital cities or major cities, I should say so. London is obviously big bean with the London eye. NEW York. The Statue of Liberty a little bit tricky. I do need to practice this one. Paris. Quite simple. It's just that rectangular shape in the active tree off very simple and Sydney's one of the best. It's just the city of sales, so quite easy to do. So rural. If you're trying to represent rural, the quickest, easiest way is just to create Petain's with through lines air ed, some sort of farm building that might be representative of your country. And don't forget to put a few trees. The factory symbol tends to be worldwide the same, so it's a slanted roof is always trim the stick, the store. While stores don't really look like this anymore, the Old World store having and warning with a sign above it, is pretty recognizable through most countries. And the office is just a small representation, like a city. So it's looking at all the buildings that we used during the career timeline project, all fairly basic shapes. The warning for the toy store was actually inside this building Turkey space for its don't structures. Banks always have columns. Melbourne has distinctive railway station and New Zealand, most famous for beehive 6. Education & Business: welcome to listen. Six. Education and business We're looking educational environments and qualifications and industry types from agriculture to transport. The different education environments will be different depending on the country you live in . So you may want to look etch the high schools around you and the universities and colleges . And look for those representative imagery technical and vocational, traditionally always being about hammers and spanners. And when it comes to colleges and universities, always put a large plant along the bottom. It gives a feeling of solidity and having been there a long time for qualifications. Quite simple. Just use a rectangle with a bar across the top in a little award symbol. Copy that for a diploma at a few more extras like stars. Trade your bet to the hammer and spinner Laura Screwdriver. The degree is a scroll with a piece of paper. Angel graduation, Het post read Same thing at a plus symbol. Indicate doctoral. You get the nice hips scroll with the big banks ribbon for business types we look at agriculture is quite simple to use a crop with a number of lines fishing about, of course, with a person and a fishing rod. You can personalize your fish by putting lips on them in different fin shapes. Mining always represented generally by the miner's helmet with a light on it. I like to give them their overalls, an epic in their hand manufacturing. We've used this symbol before to indicate factory, but this time let's air to convey about loading. A truck transports an interesting one. If you create the same front section of a car and then copy it, what you put on top of that will indicate what type of vehicle is so you could have a car. You can have a truck and you can have a bus. Sales generally always going to be this for sale sign or a sales tag with the dollar symbol education sticker books with an apple presenter or a teacher in front of a class. And for that tertiary education, you've got your graduate head and a lick tune your health provider, new slash doctor, going to have the stethoscope or just the stethoscope by itself or a hospital type building for tick. You can extend your tech skills or environments by adding the stems with circles on them. Uh, which indicates that Maybe you create hardware is opposed to software. Information services in the Southern Hemisphere has always been showing as a circle with an eye inside. So draw your subject around the eye, depending on with your cloud based, print based or course into based. There's obviously many more industry types that you may want to represent. So try a Google search for images or go to nan project dot com, where I find a lot of inspiration. So let's take a look at some of those educational qualifications and industry traps that used during the career history demon. So that brings us to the end off the learned to sketch a timeline class. I hope you've enjoyed yourselves. I'm looking forward to seeing your class projects, happy sketching. 7. Bonus video: