Croquis vs. Sketch

By Jaxson

  • Croquis

    Croquis drawing is quick and sketchy drawing of a live model. Croquis drawings are usually made in a few minutes, after which the model changes pose or leaves and another croquis is drawn.

    The short duration of the pose benefits models because they do not need to keep still for a long time; this also benefits the artists because it helps them concentrate on the essential elements of the pose, or the most important parts of the drawing. An artist does not have time to draw all the details, so they learn to concentrate on the important elements. Croquis is also a good method of drawing subjects that generally do not stand still and pose, such as insects, animals, and children.

    After the initial sketch, croquis drawing can be used as a foundation for another work of art such as a painting or may be used as a work of art itself.

    The word croquis comes from French and means simply “sketch”.

    In fashion, the term refers to a quick sketch of a figure (typically nine heads tall as this is the accepted proportions for fashion illustration) with a loose drawing of the clothes that are being designed. Often a large number of croquis drawings will be created for one finished look, which is fully drawn and finished.

  • Croquis (noun)

    A quick and sketchy drawing, often of a live model. Croquis drawings are usually made in a few minutes, after which the model changes pose and another croquis is drawn.

  • Sketch (verb)

    To make a brief, basic drawing.

    “I usually sketch with a pen rather than a pencil.”

  • Sketch (verb)

    To describe briefly and with very few details.

    “He sketched the accident, sticking to the facts as they had happened.”

  • Sketch (noun)

    A rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines.

  • Sketch (noun)

    A rough design, plan, or draft, as a rough draft of a book.

  • Sketch (noun)

    A brief description of a person or account of an incident; a general presentation or outline.

  • Sketch (noun)

    A brief, light, or unfinished dramatic, musical, or literary work or idea; especially a short, often humorous or satirical scene or play, frequently as part of a revue or variety show, a skit

  • Sketch (noun)

    a brief musical composition or theme, especially for the piano

  • Sketch (noun)

    An amusing person.

  • Sketch (noun)

    A lookout; vigilant watch for something.

    “to keep sketch”

  • Sketch (noun)

    A humorous newspaper article summarizing political events, making heavy use of metaphor, paraphrase and caricature.

  • Sketch (noun)

    A category together with a set of limit cones and a set of colimit cones.

  • Sketch (adjective)

    Sketchy, shady, questionable.

  • Sketch (noun)

    a rough or unfinished drawing or painting, often made to assist in making a more finished picture

    “a charcoal sketch”

  • Sketch (noun)

    a brief written or spoken account or description, giving only basic details

    “a biographical sketch of Ernest Hemingway”

  • Sketch (noun)

    a rough or unfinished version of any creative work

    “you can see how the first movement evolved from the composer’s sketches”

  • Sketch (noun)

    a short humorous play or performance, consisting typically of one scene in a revue or comedy programme

    “a hilarious sketch for their latest BBC series”

  • Sketch (noun)

    a comical or amusing person or thing.

  • Sketch (verb)

    make a rough drawing of

    “Jeanne sketched and painted whenever she had the time”

    “as they talked, Modigliani began to sketch her”

  • Sketch (verb)

    give a brief account or general outline of something

    “they sketched out the prosecution case”

  • Sketch (verb)

    perform (a gesture) with one’s hands or body

    “he sketched a graceful bow in her direction”

Oxford Dictionary

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