Category Archives: Sketching

Product Sketch: Bottles

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Finally, a new sketch posted on my blog! I haven’t been sketching for some time – just some rough doodles from time to time that were posted on my facebook page.

As one of the great ways to practice, is to copy a sketch by other designers that you like. It is a good way to understand how the sketch was creating – the process of sketching and thinking about what line to put first, what color layer has to be placed first. Through mistakes you learn and understand how the sketch was created.

So, today I just took a sketch by Quinn Huffstetler that I found on Pinterest

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And I tried to copy the sketch above. Believe me, it is not that easy to copy others’ sketches even if you try because everyone has its’ own style of drawing.

And with a glass of hot mulled wine I started copying the sketch. I used a black fineliner and a blue Letraset promarker. And the result of my attempt can be seen below in the pictures. As you can see, even if I copied the sketch, it came out different (more perspective mistakes, too many lines and the heavy way of drawing the lines).

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bottle sketch
bottle sketch

 

 

Product Sketch: Lighter

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10 second doodles of a lighter made with a graphite pencil.

In the first image below you can see a page of very fast and messy doodles of various lighter shapes. After that the same sketches were traced to create clean and more elaborate version of doodles.

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A page of sketches below shows a clean version of doodles above. With the same graphite pencil was accomplished better quality of sketches by removed unnecessary lines. This way sketches look clean and easy to understand.

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Sketchbook: Ideation Sketches 5

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Part 4 collection of sketches made in June in a sketchbook. These sketches are posted on Facebook and Pinterest. Sketches are made during lunch brakes, while watching a movie, while spending time outside and just when there is inspiration to sketch something.

Sketches can be viewed on my Facebook profile – SketchmyWorld

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The previous post with drawings from a sketchbook can be viewed:

1. Ideation Sketches;

2. Ideation Sketches 2;

3. Ideation Sketches 3.

4. Ideation Sketches 3.

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Product Sketch: Street Bench

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Yesterday I posted an image of doodles of street benches on Facebook that you can see below. Just some really rough and fast sketches created with a blue ballpoint pen and some color markers.

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So, today I wanted to create a “cleaner” version of these ideation sketches. I used only a blue pencil in these sketches. Just solid lines, a little bit of shading and more details.

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Some close up images of the sketches. I really like how human figures are drawn – simple, but neat and clean.

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Here is a page of the street bench sketches from my sketchbook.

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Product Sketch: Bags

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Today I have sketched some bag sketches with a blue ballpoint pen. And I will explain why my sketches usually are quite messy.

The reason is very simple – I usually post only those called rough or initial sketches that are created for the first time and then used as a base for next sketches. The bag doodles below in the first image are messy and there are a lot of unnecessary lines. In the process of thinking I have sketched too many lines and created a mess.

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The new sketchbook has really nice paper that is quite thick but at the same time is transparent enough to see sketches underneath. So, in the image below you can see a “cleaned” version of sketches above. Less lines and the contour is nice, solid. No “chicken scratches” or how I call it “dog hair”. To combine all sketches together I added a rectangular and colored it with a green pencil. Very simple, but clean.

This is the “secret” of my messy sketches. I will try to post the “edited” sketches more! :)

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Sketchbook: Double Page Spread

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During past two days I have filled two pages of my sketchbook and wanted to share these doodles with you. I always post sketches from a sketchbook on my Facebook profile.

The first page was filled with a story about a simple wooden chair. I wanted to add as many details and small sketches as a could but at the same time to achieve a nice page layout.

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On the second page I drew some wristwatch doodles with different views. I always try to add a little environment sketch of people wearing/having these objects to make a small story and easier to understand where this product could be used.

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Here is a double page spread of all the sketches. Feel free to click on it and zoom the sketch to see everything in detail.

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10 New Sketching Books

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Few years ago I wrote and article about 13 great books about sketching and it is time to add some new good books to the collection.

In this article you will find 10 interesting books about sketching – from designers sketchbooks to guides how to sketch products, draw perspective, observe the environment.

1. Sketching Masterclass: A Guide to Sketching

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“Sketching Masterclass: A Guide to Sketching” by Page One Publishing and authored by Ruzaimi Mat Rani.

Topics covered include basic skills like drawing 2D and 3D objects, perspective, composition and rendering techniques. The book is dedicated for It’s for beginners and that’s why it isn’t very technical. The book focuses on drawing based on imagination rather than observational drawings. The examples featured are mostly drawn with construction lines and other aids. Continue reading

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2. Sketching basics: one point perspective

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“Sketching Basics: One Point Perspective” by Ruzaimi Mat Rani.

It’s a 208-page paperback dealing with one point perspective specifically. Therefore there are enough exercises to make anyone proficient. The lessons starts with drawing simple geometric boxes and placement. Then it moves on to more challenging ones like drawing curved surfaces and irregular shaped objects. The examples are all step-by-step illustrations. Continue reading

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3. Informality: Rough and refined sketches by Andres Parada

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As author describes about this book “My intent is to offer this compilation of sketchwork as an inspirational and practical reference book that can hopefully motivate others to produce great work. This book is divided into eight sections of content. Each section presents its topic from rough sketches done in an analog way to more refined sketches created digitally in photoshop.”

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4. Learning Curves

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Learning Curves is Klara Sjolen’s follow up to her 2005 book Design Sketching.

While Curves could be characterized as a sequel of sorts to the first book, drawing is a deep enough field that either book could be used as a starting point. Both books include demos on ellipses, shadows, perspective and materials. The 2005 book has more detailed tutorials on form and the more recent has one of the finest descriptions of different pens or materials we’ve seen yet.  Continue reading

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5. Innovative Product Design Practice: Carl Liu Design Book

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In this book are collected sketches by Carl Liu and serve as an inspiration and observation of sketch compositions. Not a book that teaches how to sketch but definitely a book that will inspire you!

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6. Drawing for Product Designers

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With its tutorial-based approach, this is a practical guide to both hand- and computer-drawn design. Readers will learn to think three-dimensionally and build complex design ideas that are structurally sound and visually clear. Continue reading

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7. Top Sketches: Top European Designer’s Sketches on the Innovation Process

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“Top Sketches” by Jordi Mila and Stone Wen.

Actually there is almost no information about this book, but a comment could be found on Amazon: “This book is amazingly good. Jordi Mila is not very known here in the states, but his work (and the rest of his design firm, EDDA in Spain) is very impressive. This book has a ton of sketches, in pencil, ballpoint pen and Photoshop renderings. This is NOT an instructional book, like the Koos Eissen books (which I own as well and are great!)”

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8. 500 A Collection of Sketches by Spencer Nugent

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As Spencer Nugent writes about his book: “A long time ago, when I was still learning how to sketch and visualize design concepts, my professor at the time, Paul Skaggs, issued a challenge. He challenged the class of design students to complete 500 sketch pages in one month. 500 blank pages to be filled in 30 days seemed like an immense task at the time, and it was. I started that experiment, only to fail a short time into it. Turns out that sketching 16 plus letter-sized pages each day takes about 3 hours to complete .” Continue reading

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9. Sketching: The basics

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This is the second book put out by Roselien Steur and Koos Essen.

The focus here is on getting the basics. There are seven chapters but in general covers techniques on drawing geometry, choosing the correct viewpoint, and adding colours and details. It’s not totally basic though, some prior knowledge of perspective drawing will be extremely beneficial. Continue reading

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10. Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers

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Freehand Drawing and Discovery written by James Richard.

The book is a collection of tips and insight on sketching. The tips are practical and accompanied by many beautiful examples from the author and other guest artists. There are info on creating textures, drawing simple figures in perspective, understanding what can be added to make a good picture, etc. Continue reading

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Sketchbook: Ideation Sketches 4

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Another part is here where I post a list of sketches that were posted on Facebook. Sketches are made during lunch brakes, while watching a movie, while spending time outside and just when there is inspiration to sketch something.

Sketches can be viewed on my Facebook profile – SketchmyWorld

The previous post with drawings from a sketchbook can be viewed:

1. Ideation Sketches;

2. Ideation Sketches 2;

3. Ideation Sketches 3.

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Product Sketch: Hair dryer

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As I promised on Facebook, today I am posting some new sketches here. Haven’t uploaded new sketches for some time, but I regularly try to post doodles on Facebook.

Today I have created some sketches of a hair dryer. Mixture of doodles, some rendered sketches and just shape exploration.

I used color pencils, color markers and a blue ballpoint pen. If you want to try drawing some side view sketches of a hair dryer, take a look at the shape guides on the top of a scanned image – two rectangles and a circle.

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Product Sketch: Child Toy

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Some child toy sketches that I made during a physic lecture today. Just a simple wooden box to which a pair of wheels are added and a rope for dragging the toy.

I used a Letraset marker “Caramel” and the orange marker was bought in Ikea. I also used a brown color pencil to add sime slight touches of dark brown. Contours created by a black ballpoint pen.

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A close-up of the sketches.

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