What Is a Field Sketch?

A field sketch is a drawing produced to help support data collected within a field study. Field sketching aims to grasp both the human and physical aspects of a particular landscape.

A field sketch also helps to assess a landscape in regards to both processes taking place and issues that may arise. Equipment involved in the process of field sketching includes a compass, pencil, paper, frame, pencil, rubber and clipboard. The scale of the landscape must be considered, especially when dealing with larger landscapes. The purpose of the field sketch is to be considered beforehand so that what must be shown and made prominent within the sketch is evident.