I feel that having knowledge in drawing, color theory, and composition really helps one be a better graphic designer. It provides a visual foundation that doesn’t rely on technology and the automation you can have in design programs. This helps make design easier and more intuitive, and brings more creativity into the planning stages of the design process.
I would highly recommend to any young designers out there to start sketching everyday. Learn more about color theory and work on practicing the old-fashioned way, ie. with pencils and real paint. It will teach a deeper understanding of our field and how vast the possibilities really are. It also stretches those creative muscles. You really learn what it is like to not have that Control-Z and work through solving problems a little more independently.
You don’t have to go out and make a masterpiece the first time you try it out. Go buy a sketchbook and fill it up page by page with ideas and new techniques. Have fun with it. Play around and see what you come up with!
Here are samples of some pieces I have done over the past couple of years.
To see more recent samples from my sketchbook, visit my Sketch Blog.