Here's my question and a little bit where I'm coming from..
Recently I went back to school and am retaking some basic art classes. I feel that I need a refresher and since it's a new school.. I may learn new techniques and ideas. Anyways, I'm taking a class that's all about thinking of your idea quickly and sketching it ( in marker or thick felt tip). Usually our exercises are 1 to 3 mins for a sketch after she gives us a word like "global warming" or "taste of apple pie." So far I feel like I'm flailing around in sketching that fast. Usually it takes me a few minutes to warm up to the idea and then start sketching..
So is there anyway I can practice to sketch more efficiently and faster from a vacuum ( like no references, just ideas from the head)? Also mine didn't look very pretty and she was emphasizing how lovely some people drew.. My sketches are extremely rudimentary and always need refining in stages. ( She did not allow refining in stages and there wasn't really time to do so)
I've done figure drawing and contour and gestural drawing.. but those all have a form of reference whether in real life or something else. The largest problem is not referring to anything at all?
Anyways, I hope I placed this in the right thread. I was looking around and wasn't completely sure where to place this.