Richard Walsh's Sketchbook

The sketch can be a beginning, or speak volumes as a finished piece of art.


Richard Walsh
Studio Director
SKN Creative, Culver City, Calif.

Drawing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. My high school math books were filled with drawings of hot rods, monsters and visual interpretations of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." My mother, a high school math teacher, agreed that art school was the path for me!

I've relied on my drawing ability in every job I’ve done. As a storyboard artist for animation, we would go through boxes of pencils, drawing hundreds of panels per show. As a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios, sketching was the main form of communication. Once the idea is approved, a tighter, to-scale drawing can be used for things like estimating, engineering, color and materials.

In my current position as Studio Director for SKN Creative, I’m constantly sketching in client meetings to get initial approval of ideas. That way there are no "surprises" in the design development presentation.

As computers have become the norm for designers, I encourage younger designers to draw by holding workshops at the zoo and museums.

The sketch can be a beginning, or speak volumes as a finished piece of art.

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