It is a while I want to write few words about this issues: sketching skills Vs Paint/Photoshop type softwares.
Why? The reason is very simple, in the last 4 years of design school visits and internet portfolio research I have seen a lot of students work done with the use of a “paint software” and did not find quality and high drawing skills .
This is a problem! Students and design schools I am talking to you…method and discipline are very important in order to put the basics for skill’s developpement.
When I see a “photoshop sketch” with flash and lights and no good drawing basics I get sad. To me it is like a missed opportunity.
I ask you (students) , what is all this crap? Do you think you have a great portfolio simply because it is done with a beautiful graphic packaging? Do you think this is what we (the industry) really care about? Sorry , we would like to see your sketch-books made of pencils or ballpoint pen, evaluate your real abilities and drawing skills, judge your creativity which comes out “only” if you know how to draw.
A portfolio is credible only if it shows: creativity, drawing skills, professionalism + your verbal presentation.
It is not a case if I have been publishing lately some posts about sketches art works , before talking about this argument I wanted to give you some examples (even those done with Photoshop), good ones to follow.
In conclusion I hope that you will follow my suggestion: draw draw draw, do not get tired to excersise and when you feel ready go for next step which will be using your computer and favourites softwares for drawing.