Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] | Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression

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Lucas Hippolyte (15yo) – 3 months progression with [Sketch Like The Pros] course

May I share with you few pictures of the youngest student at my program I give: [Sketch like the Pros].

As I am going to reopening the registration soon, I thought it would be good to show you a real example that anybody can succeed at sketching, not matter your age.

If you want to make progress, you CAN’T just keep practicing everyday. There is 2 more ingredients to the recipe of success. You need also:

  • Clear methods going through the basics
  • And good focus.

This is what our young aspiring designers Lucas gathered in 3 months. Let me share with you more about his story.

Lucas’ story and testimonial about the course Sketch like the Pros.
Lucas looked for the past 3 years, information about How to learn sketching. He finally started to make significant progress with The Design Sketchbook’s tutorial then even more with Sketch Like The Pros course. 🙂

Not that the course is reopening for few days only! Stay tuned!
I will give you all the details by email. Make sure you are registered to the blog to get all the informations on time.

Lucas is the youngest and one of the most determined member.
He keeps improving along the weeks going through the lessons and exercises delivered.

Even though it is a 10-month course, Lucas Hippolyte has just sent me few cool pictures he made – that make a huge difference compared to 3 months earlier when he just started.

Last week-end he made a big step in his progress. Of course, it is not yet stabilised – he will need to keep going and carry on exploring to integrate his “new discoveries”.
You know that feel when you did something great and you surprise yourself ? Haha.

But it’s not the time to rest on its laurels ! (Common beginner’s mistake to stagnation). Instead, Lucas was taking this first big improvement as a motivation boost to challenge the next thing. There is still so many more things to learn ! Smile I am pretty sure Lucas will take this path.


Lucas lines or not shy neither hesitant anymore. They are fluid and expressive.

Flashback 3 months ago

When Lucas just started the course. He kept sketching and filled more than 100 pages of ellipses, straight lines, circles… within the first month.
We go through all of them so he could fix his mistakes on the spot. To communicate and for me to give him my 1-to-1 personal feedback, we use the communication software for designers: SKETCHDRIVE. (Thank you Martijn and Marten, founder of Sketchdrive!)

Lucas first sketches below:

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First practice of circles, a fundamental movement to master. As I said, Lucas started like any beginner.
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A nice printer, but still looks a bit “childish”

AFTER 3 months

Lucas just started to to reach the next level. Smile

How his clumsy circles become now nice cylinders in perspective.

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The lines are more gentle, and have a Professional sketching approcah: Lucas draws using a full range of pen pressure sensitivity.

Random 3D volume

Below a method of “Random creativity” where you draw random lines, then add some contour lines to create 3D volumes.
It’s recommended to use reference pictures to get inspired from. For this exercise, there is no copy/paste of the full product, we like to import and mix details to create new things.

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With fluid lines you can draw faster and make a lot of new 3D form research in no time.

On this picture below, Lucas get inspired from the sketch I made in the video tutorial. He fed his memory of forms and throw his lines with a great dynamic.

It is definitely encouraging and I am pretty happy to see his involvement is giving him results and confidence. 

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The line are now fluid and expressive. We can feel the confidence and precision.

What Lucas should do next ?

Keep exploring and fail as many time as he can. So he will continue to build his thick skin and grow his skills.

Congrats Lucas. Keep going !

Feel free to leave your comments and questions to Lucas below, I am sure he will be glad to answer you.
Or if you would like to get in touch with him by email, you can send me a message at [email protected].

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If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.


  • tharaka

    Reply Reply February 13, 2016

    Wish u luck dear…..its really awesm…as a design student I want to become super designer like lucas….according to srilankan Sinhala tradition I wish u bless of tripple jems

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply February 13, 2016

      Thanks Tharaka ! All the best on your journey 🙂

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply February 18, 2016

      Thank you Tharaka 🙂

  • Henrik

    Reply Reply February 12, 2016

    Great job, both of you. I think we will some more of Lucas work in the future, as a designer.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply February 13, 2016

      Thanks Henrik ! 🙂 Lucas’s first steps are promising.

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