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Learning to think through drawing.

One of our professors was practically chaining us to our desks today (not literally) to get us to draw out thumbnail sketches for a project we're doing before he'd let us go work at the computer. We literally had to sit there for over an hour and draw and draw and draw. It was driving me crazy! I felt like I was being made to eat with my toes or something. It just didn't feel natural to brainstorm on a sketchpad.

I realize that most designers start with putting pencil to paper, but that's still quite a foreign concept to me. I think much better on the computer than I do on paper, that's for sure. I don't know if this is because I've never really done much sketching before or if it's just a product of my being a digital native? Hmm...

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Do you have any tips for getting used to thinking with my pencil? Should I just start drawing more or are there exercises I can do to get my brain into that mode?

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