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Wabi Sabi Exhibition

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While living and studying in Torino, Italy, I try to visit design exhibitions. Torino Design week was from November 5 – 10. During these days there were multiple exhibitions and events. One of the exhibitions I visited was “Wabi Sabi” – a research project about the draft essenitiality as an expression of the trend in research of the design borderline.
The exhibition Wabi Sabi showed twelve Italian designer works selected by the curators Federica Martinetto and Silvia Ariemma – mixing the virtues of technology and crafts, revealing the border were one helps the other, where the work of one gives way to the work of the other.

I found this exhibition really interesting – maybe not so much products itself but the atmosphere of the exhibition and how it was decorated and arranged. Interesting collaborations between different materials.

Here are pictures that I took from the exhibition. Enjoy and be inspired!

Entering the exhibition

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Some of the products exhibited

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Drawing: Surprised Girl

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Actually, I am a huge fan of manga and anime. Just love the way people are drawn and world around them. This drawing was inspired by an anime called Zetman. I used a black fine liner and a black marker. This is just a rough sketch and it is not finished but I thought it could be interesting for you to see that I draw not only products but also people.  Just something completely different.

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Inspired Today

Daily inspiration galleries of shapes, products and colors.

Get inspiration from these photos – sketch, invent and look at things from a different perspective.

Some designs might be strange, funny or just crazy but it will never cause indifference. Enjoy and get excited by these designs!

Lampe radio X ray light

Teeth Cup

Modular Slow Sofa Design by Frederik Roije

“Twist and Spout” by Nicolas Le Moigne

Kitchen Stone by Marie Garnier

The Malaga Rack System by Modern Cellar

Portrait drawing: Day 2

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This is a second day of drawing portrait. If you haven’t seen a previous article, you can view it here.

I must say that I am not a talented portrait draftsman. Of course, if I practice every day and spent many hours drawings and studying portraits, I would be good at it but that’s not my aim. Just drawing and learning.

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On the day 2 I corrected some mistakes and started coloring (how “exciting”). Coloring with a pencil is not my cup of tee but I have to do it anyway because it is an assignment at academy.

Today I also drew an ear with a “how to” steps from one really good classical drawing book in Russian. It has very neat and informative pictures. Here I am adding tutorial from this book on how to construct an ear. You can save it and learn from it.

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This image below I wanted to add so that you could see how it is actually happening. A male model is sitting on a chair. You can see a plaster head next to him. And I am standing and drawing on an easel. I also printed this page of ear constructing steps and while drawing and observing male’s ear, I am also looking at these “how to” steps.

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Bizarre Teapots

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Before any product development you have to do some research on already existing products. Usually I sketch some ideas and shapes at first and then do my research. It helps to preserve your pure vision of a product you are designing. And after research you can decide whether to use your initial ideas or not.

At the present I am developing a teapot design and while searching for existing designs, I came across some really bizarre teapots. These strange shapes and color combinations inspired me in some way.

Always look in all possible directions. Don’t try to find only things that are beautiful and appealing. Just look around and get inspired be weird and strange things. Here are some interesting teapots created by various designers.

These are just a few teapots that I wanted to show to you, but to view more bizarre teapots, click here


teapot, collectionteapot by Mad Hatter


teapotteapot by Bacia Edelman


teapotteapot by Trevor Jackson


teapotteapot by Dennis Shields


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teapotteapot by Robin Wolf


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teapotteapot by Jakob Solgren


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Portrait drawing – first stage

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Like for many students, most of their day is spend at universities and I am not an exception. Therefore I want to share with you my works that I do there. And not only a clean and finished design, drawing, painting or whatever I create, but the whole process of creation – from beginning till the final stage.

Last week I started drawing a plaster head and today I drew this portrait of a man. It is just a first stage of the portrait because I barely placed facial parts and proportion of a head. I forgot my camera at home and I took these pictures with a phone. What can I say about the quality of a picture? Just awful, but I hope that you can understand something.

In classical drawing I can’t stand one things – coloring large spaces. It is so boring and quickly lose all interest in finishing the drawing. Just looking at the plaster head you can see that I was lazy I didn’t finish coloring – it should be precise and clean but mine technique of coloring is just a mess.

How do I start drawing portraits? I take a pencil and just draw all over the page shapes that I see. They don’t need to me precise. At first it may even look like a 8 years old child drew this sketch, but I need those lines just to know where eyes are, a nose and mouth is – I place basic shapes on paper. After that I find reference points, measure facial angles (for example, angle comparison of a forehead and a nose). And then I just draw what I see, but trying to keep in mind basic proportions.

Standard Facial Proportions:

  • The eyes are halfway between the top of the head and the chin.
  • The bottom of the nose is halfway between the eyes and the chin.
  • The mouth is halfway between the nose and the chin.
  • The corners of the mouth line up with the centers of the eyes.
  • The top of the ears line up above the eyes, on the eyebrows.
  • The bottom of the ears line up with the bottom of the nose.


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Epilator Sketch

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Are you enjoying this summer? I am and I have so many plans for this month! But I shouldn’t forget about sketching!

Today I have created drawings of an epilator. At once, I am telling you that I don’t like the composition of my sketches. Something is not right and let’s not start discuss what is wrong with these black shadows. Just have to keep practicing and understand more about shadows and how they are formed.

Materials used:

  • a black fine liner;
  • a black marker;
  • 10% cool grey marker;
  • 30% cool grey marker;
  • 50% cool grey marker;
  • Turquoise color marker;
  • Bright green color marker;
  • Violet color marker.


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Paper Towel Dispenser Sketch

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Sorry for not posting sketches.. I am busy creating a product concept for one design competition, but when I have some free time, I am trying to do some drawings.

Inspired by my own article, here are a few sketches of a paper towel dispenser. Nothing amazing – just pretty fast sketches. I am trying to draw less lines and achieve more with only a few strokes. And it helps when you have a ballpoint pen or a fine liner because you can’t erase their lines.

The funny thing is that one of the sketches look like a printer because I have sketched this product in a horizontal direction.

Materials used:

  • a black fine liner;
  • a black marker;
  • 50% Cool grey marker;
  • 20% Cool grey marker;
  • some color markers.

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What to Sketch? June 27 – July 1

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Finally, another article for inspiration is here.

I hope that the previous this kind of articles were useful for you and this will be not an exception. Every week I try to find different products with various shapes and difficulty.

This weeks products are:

  • Disposable razor;
  • Measuring cup;
  • Credit card machine;
  • Paper towel dispenser;
  • Electric drill.

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It looks very easy to draw a razor, but to actually make this product look good, you have think about the perspective all the time and to remember that a razor is a symmetrical object.

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Measuring cups are good choice if you want to practice drawing multiple ellipses. Add interesting handles and play a little bit with this product so that it would look interesting.

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For those who want to sketch not only main shapes but also details. You can also practice drawing a product in a process.

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Be creative and sketch some fascinating shapes, but keep in mind functionality. In my opinion, it is extremely easy and fast to draw this product due to it’s simplicity.

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An electric drill consists of various shapes that are combined in one solid shape. There are also multiple details to add. Find the best view point of this products that describes it in the best way.

Hair Dryer Sketch

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Today I have created two sketches of a hair dryer. One of them is very simple and consists of two parts and the other one is more complex. Every time I draw ellipses, I can’t get them right, but I have to keep practicing. These are quite fast drawings and not completed.

Materials used:

  • black fine liner;
  • black marker;
  • 40% Warm grey marker;
  • 50% Cool grey marker;
  • Emerald color marker;
  • Carmine color marker.

hair dryer sketch, hair dryer drawing