Rise your perspective skills – by dividing a box

TIP 181 Divide a box using 3 point perspective - the design sketchbook - product design sketching

Hello!! I have prepared for you a cool VIDEO tutorial introducing the 3rd point perspective! It will give your sketch an extra level of realism!  This tutorial will help you visualise simple volume in 3D space. We’ll be using simple rule of geometry (division and subdivision) that will help you to trim your volume with precision, but…

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How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172

TIP 172 How to draw 3d volumes - cube - cylinder - cone - The design sketchbook - Industrial and design sketching tutorials

There is common mistakes that everybody do as a beginner. The flat sketch. We draw what we see and it’s obvious there is something wrong. But we can’t figure out how to solve it. If you are today at this stage, no panic. It’s nothing related to having talent or not. The solution is actually pretty simple. It’s…

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How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A

TIP 169 How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective - Part A - The design sketchbook - Product and Industrial design sketching tutorial (2)

Let’s look at how to draw cylinders in perspective. For this Part A, we will get interested in the top surface of a tube – which is actually “a cylinder within a cylinder”. You can see similar case for a camera lense for example. Below are the steps in picture ! 🙂

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How to draw a sphere? And spot the XYZ axis |TIP 166

TIP 166 How to draw a sphere - the design sketchbook - product and industrial design sketching tutorials (1)

Hi guys, Last time we saw how to draw a circle (ellipse) in perspective. Today it’s time for a bit more advanced tutorial where we’ll draw a sphere with a minimum of lines. If you like challenges, your goal will be drawing the XYZ axis from a sphere! Before starting, make sure you have been through…

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Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.

TIP 160 Anybody can sketch. 4 steps test. The design sketchbook - Product and Industrial design sketching tutorial

I’ve just went to the money changer of Raffles place (in Singapore) to get some Thai Baht as I am flying to Bangkok tomorrow! 🙂 This afternoon, I stop for a while at a cafe Paul to sketch. I am preparing the next week course of [Sketch like the Pros]. I’ve just took a picture…

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How to draw a bottle Sketchbook Pro |TIP 139 |VIDEO


Today we explore a powerful technique of How to draw bottles. I believe it’s powerful because you can use the same method to draw anything that is using a “Revolution”. In other words, anything that the profile turn in 360 degrees around a vertical axis. You may think of pottery. This tutorial is using the…

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How to start drawing anything better in 4 steps | the Random Product technique |Tip138 | VIDEO

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Today, let’s look at a 4 steps tutorial that will help you better draw any Product design in 3D. It’s a perfect training for whom face the Malediction of the Blank page, where you may face these challenges: No inspiration, no ideas Even if you have ideas, you can’t visualize them on paper. So you…

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Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO


Today I show you a smart way to draw with the broad nib of the Pantone marker. After a quick review of the 3 nibs, I show you how that nib can actually replace the Ultra thin and brush nib. You will learn how to sketch faster, let your creativity flow and get more expressive…

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Be more creative drawing “Ugly doodles” |TIP135

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Some of you told me about facing these challenges when you start sketching: The sketches doesn’t looks good It’s not easy to draw from imagination Loose confidence and give up fast. Wether you are beginner or senior, this situation is pretty common. Let me introduce you a 3 steps sketching process I often use to…

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7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO


Today I would like to share with you the method that is the most precious to me. Some people may say I should keep it SECRET– and keep it as my own style. But to me, this might change and greatly improve the way you sketch, as how it did for me when I was…

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Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132


I had a short and sweet conversation with David Zakarias-Weich on the Design Sketchbook’s Facebook page that I would like to share with you guys. Q/ Why are trainers always drawn in that position ? It’s rarely seen in real life. (Raised heel) Adidas sneaker sketch – You can find the video at 16 Tips…

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Why you shouldn’t draw the shield first? |TIP128

theDesignSketchbook - Captain-America-Shield feature

These days I have fun playing with the App Marvel, Contest of Champions on Ipad. Be aware, it’s pretty addictive. Looking for inspiration, I did a sketch of one of the Champion: Captain America. MARVEL – Contest of Champions For the TIP today, I would like to highlight a typical beginner mistake. Starting a sketch…

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How to spot the horizon and converging lines? |TIP127


From the previous article, we saw the 5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective. Let’s spend a bit more time at Step 1: Observation. Today I give you an exercise to do as often as you want. You will start training your eye identifying the horizon line and converging lines anywhere you g.…

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5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective |TIP126

Guggenheim museum New York City

Today I would like to share with you a story about Saad, a designer who has decided to get out of his comfort zone.  For that, I will tell you a fundamental technique that Product designers use to sketch from imagination. Saad is an architect who has a keen interest in Product design.  Working daily…

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Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125

Chung Chou-Tac The Design Sketchbook - Sneakers Quick Sketch Adidas

Today I would like to share with you an article I read from 99U, written by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, writer of The 3 secrets to effective time investment. How many of us who love Design Sketching have Perfectionism tendencies ? And don’t realise how much it affects our learning journey ? We may be our…

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