so in art class today I was taking a long time working on a sketch and my instructor was like “you shouldn’t spend so much time working on your sketches” and he explained his workflow to me which basically literally amounted to “I draw a rough sketch and then go straight to…
Wow, that guy is full of it if he told you that’s what you SHOULD be doing rather than a suggestion. Every artist has a different process. It’s usually very personal and unique. Peers and mentors can suggest what works for them (and it’s worth trying sometimes), but ultimately how you sketch should be what is comfortable and most productive for you.
I should also add that sometimes (not always) the teacher is just clumsy with their words and mean well, but it comes out in the most insulting and damaging way possible. Maybe he meant you should try being more committal with your sketches, instead of constantly erasing and correcting. I really don’t know your circumstances, so take my interpretation with a grain of salt!!
As for what works for me, I’m an all or nothing artist when it comes to sketching because I’m fairly quick and I get bored easily. I throw things on the paper and if it doesn’t look good or has errors? I draw it again. I’m also fairly loose with my pencils before I ink. They’re simple sketch lines with very little information because I fill in the details (texture, hair, eyes, clothing, etc.) while inking. I suppose this is from years of drawing exclusively in pen. To be honest, I’m a little jealous of artists that can nurse a sketch into masterpiece. I’m definitely not one of them!
Keep on drawing! <3