Today is a wonderful Sunday! Sunny and happy like I love!Last night, I have prepared a video tutorial about the basics of design sketching: the cube, the sphere and the cylinder. At the end of this video, you will know how to draw them in an easy way.Remember to go through the Designer Starter ...
How to draw the 3 basic forms of design sketching (Cube Sphere Cylinder)

How to draw the 3 basic forms of design sketching (Cube Sphere Cylinder)

Hello guys! I am working on the release date of my course: Sketch Like The Pros. I will confirm it to you by email by this week! Make sure to register to the Waiting list to get the latest news. Today we are going to draw an ...
How to draw an electric Shaver Philips (with the Pilot Twin Marker)! / TIP 258

How to draw an electric Shaver Philips (with the Pilot Twin Marker)! / TIP 258

First of all, I'm thinking of reopening the doors of my sketching course soon! (I open only 1 or twice a year only) In the next few days, I'll send you an email asking for your personal input. :)) Stay tuned!One of the "Super power" of a designer is to draw form imagination FAST.But before being able to ...
How to progress faster using the Copy-Doodle technique! / TIP 257

How to progress faster using the Copy-Doodle technique! / TIP 257

This morning, I went to the World Coffee Museum at Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Da Lak (Vietnam). It has a small-town feel and I liked it so much! The architecture design of the museum is sensual with its curvy shape. Isn't it? You can see ...
Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256

Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256

>> Click here to join the CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE today! https://thedesignsketchbook.activehosted.com/f/3 Hey guys, welcome to thedesignsketchbook.com. And today we get inspired from this JOBY Tripod, for our tutorial of the day: how to draw with the Y-axis. I'm going to use my iPad and I'm opening the ...
Sketch better (and faster) your product design in perspective using the Y-axis / TIP 255

Sketch better (and faster) your product design in perspective using the Y-axis / TIP 255

You can download concepts app here for iPad Pro or Microsoft: https://concepts.app/en/ Hey guys, Welcome to TheDesignSketchbook.com. And today we discover the app Concepts on iPad Pro! But first of all, I have here a very special glove which is going to help me to solve one ...
My first "Concepts app" sketching Tips on iPad Pro / TIP 254

My first “Concepts app” sketching Tips on iPad Pro / TIP 254

Last night, I was sketching a bit of concept arts at midnight (See sketch below). I am new at the app CONCEPTS. It can be a bit frustrating to learn the new functions and trying to adapt or change our sketching habits. But sketching at night makes ...
Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)

Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)

Hey guys today let's see how to do contour lines. Your first steps. I am Chou-Tac. So welcome to the Design Sketchbook. And before getting started, I would like to invite you to download the designer starter kit. And you can get the link in the description ...
How to draw with Contour lines and draw faster, cleaner, better (Your first steps) TIP 252

How to draw with Contour lines and draw faster, cleaner, better (Your first steps) TIP 252

 Do you know Inktober? What is #inktober It is a 31 days drawing challenge created by Jake Parker in 2009, a comic artist. He wanted to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.  Since his challenge has been deployed worldwide! Every October of the year, ...
Participate to #Productober (Inktober for Industrial Designers)!

Participate to #Productober (Inktober for Industrial Designers)!

At my first year of design school,  I remember my classmates and I said "Oh they are so lucky!" about great students going to the best design companies for internship or job. They went to Nike in Portland, Louis Vuitton in Paris, Toyota in Tokyo, Adidas in ...
How to make "Luck a skill" and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250

How to make “Luck a skill” and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250

You are a beginner? You feel lonely and you can't progress? That's normal. Most beginners feel shy when they start. If you are in this case, Do you hide your design drawings and creation? So no one can see your things? Hiding is the best way to protect ourselves from critics ...
Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249

Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249

When you are a design student or a freelance, you need self-discipline to get things done. You have no boss to "scold you" 😛 You have no one to make sure you'll respect the deadline. You finish your task last minute with intense stress as you may: Not deliver on ...
NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248

NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248

Today, I wanna share with you a simple TIP, yet essential for your drawing routine as a designer. Do you listen to music when you draw? If yes, what's your favorite selection to find concentration and gain in productivity? Tell us in the comments! Because music can ...
What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247

What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247

Hello !! If you are a designer or a student designer. What does your friend, family think about your activity? What are the questions people ask about your job? You realize the same questions come up. That there is plenty of clichés about you as a designer ...
7 Clichés about Designers / TIP 246

7 Clichés about Designers / TIP 246

Yesterday 12.00pm, I went at the French restaurant L'Usine. It was my second meeting with my "Tinder date" Ngoc. *Pronounced "Gnop" in Vietnamese with a bit inflated cheeks like a pouting baby. I was very excited to meet her again because we are very different​, but have ...
Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245

Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245

Hello ! Today let's BOOST your motivation to create and enjoy the 6 benefits of learning sketching on paper! Why? Because there is no better sensation than to create with the traditional way! We saw in the previous TIP 243 that too many design students hide their sketching weakness by relying ...
6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244

6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244

Too many students "hide" their poor sketching skills behind learning 3d software. They want to impress with a portfolio full of quality pictures. Some will suceed. But too often the porfolio ends poor in ideas... Today, let me show you why as an aspiring Product designer, you should ...
Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243

Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243

Yesterday TIP 241, we saw that if you struggle at finding time to practice sketching, it is not because of a shortage of time, but because of how you may spend "wrongly" your time. Most people don't realise how they could spend it in non important activities ...
Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242

Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242

"How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?" Our logic brain crave to ask that question. And that is normal. However, to succeed in sketching and become a Designer. You shouldn't think by hours... Why? Because that doesn't put you in the right mindset ...
"How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?" / TIP 241

“How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?” / TIP 241

I love receiving your messages. You share with me your happy and tough moments too. Your stories on your design journey are truly inspiring. Thank you! Some says: "I am exciting to join a design school next September!", "I have just been hired by a design company!" ...
How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240

How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240

Hello! How are you today?On my side, I feel pumped by a new project I prepare for you at the Design Sketchbook blog!It is called the "90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge!"To learn how to sketch, the secret is not only about techniques. But also about daily Motivation, Inspiration and Dedication.All together will build your great skills and boost you to sketch every day!Why? Because Regularity ...
Are you ready for the "90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge"?

Are you ready for the “90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge”?

Hello ! My friend and student Oliver Esther recommended me a new sketching software called:  SKETCHA. I couldn't wait  to make a try qnd show it to you! Hehe. The software is minimalist. And it helps you draw with dynamic lines! I am glad to discover that ...
My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro

My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro

Hello ! How are you doing today? Today is the 2nd part of: "Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing?" (You can find the PART 1 here.) As an inspiring designer, you dream is to create a better life for people. You want to draw your own ...
Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)

Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, It's 5pm. I am writing to you from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I landed in the country 7 days ago. We have just found a cosy place to stay ! We started to moved in already. Many things are still missing ...
Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)

Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, (You'll see a sketch from my VIP student Johnson at the end of this email. He started my course on last November) 2 days ago, my neighbour came home. She's creative and love DIY for home decoration. While she's very creative, she thought ...
How to start drawing from imagination (Basic perspective) / TIP 236

How to start drawing from imagination (Basic perspective) / TIP 236

Hello ! I hope you are having a great week-end ! : ) In product design sketching there is something essential you need to have: It is your Speed of sketching. That's what I'm going to help you with today. I do use Hatching in all my sketches : Faster ...
How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235

How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235

If you follow me for a while, you know how I invite you to explore diverse sketching style to build up your own as a Designer. If like me you like the Marvel and DC, you might like today video 🙂 ...
Let's sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)

Let’s sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)

Today I would like to share with you how you can start drawing from a reference picture to create your own product design ! I started to search on Google pictures about tools and found out an interesting cordless grinder.  I share with you a series of ...
24 Tips to improve your Product Design sketching skills with a Cordless Grinder

24 Tips to improve your Product Design sketching skills with a Cordless Grinder

I used to be crazy afraid to talk in public. While it is so essential for a designer to communicate verbally to defend and promote our own projects. I remember at my design school. When I had to talk in front of my classmates, it was so intimidating ...
12 tips to make your design presentation a success - even if you are an Introvert

12 tips to make your design presentation a success – even if you are an Introvert

To make sure you receive news on the launch of the Sneaker Sketching course, make sure to Register to the blog ! 🙂 It took me 10 hours and 30 minutes of sketching to complete the 7 meter canvas in 4 days. It's an amazing experience I recommend you to do ...
36 sketching TIPS from the "7 meter Sneakers Sketch Challenge" !

36 sketching TIPS from the “7 meter Sneakers Sketch Challenge” !

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, It's 11am here in France. And before going to gym, I wanted to announce that this week: I am starting a 7 meters of "Sneaker Sketching Challenge" !  Yes ! it is about 4 times my height ! Ohoh !! (I am 1,80m) A while ago ...
How to make big progress with Sketching Challenge ?

How to make big progress with Sketching Challenge ?

Hello Design Sketchers ! Last year I met Amor Jiménez in Madrid. 🙂 I met him in real while eating croquetas in his home country ! We were sketching on the coffee shop table with Antonio and Pedro Luis. We all have in common the passion for design ...
Sneaker drawn by Amor Jiménez // Loveworks_design

A simple trick for Amor Jiménez to draw his sneaker more real (Feedbacks) / TIP 229

To be happy, you got to visualize your dream and make it happened !1st January 2019, I realised something.  Too many people want something "NOW" so bad - they don't even wanna look for "HOW" to get it. : /  Do they really want it ? I ...
7 TIPS to stop procrastinating in 2019 and start your designer dream with love !

7 TIPS to stop procrastinating in 2019 and start your designer dream with love !

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, I received an email from Tim B. asking me how long should he sketch per week ? (Tim is one of my VIP student of Sketch Like The Pros.) As you may also wonder the same question, I wanted to share with you ...
How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B. / TIP 227

How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B. / TIP 227

Hello ! Before started the topic of the day, met me share with you something. 2 weeks ago, we started Sketch Like The Pros course, and I enjoy how the VIP members are already making progress. It is still very basic though at this early stage, however ...
10 Easy tips to get your drawing started with your sketchbook

10 Easy tips to get your drawing started with your sketchbook

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, How are you today ? . Last month, I had the chance to present a national TV SHOW called: VIETNAM DISCOVERY where I make a Travel Sketchbook ! . Let me share with you what I learned from it, and how it can help you ...
I'm doing Urban Sketching on National TV in Vietnam !

I’m doing Urban Sketching on National TV in Vietnam !

Hello, it's Chou-Tac, Today we travel to South-Korea to discover the Samsung Art & Design Institute (SADI), a great Design school from Seoul !  Let's meet up with JONGHO LEE ! I am glad he accepted today interview as he has a precious point of view about design. He has ...
Why to become a Product Designer is now the Greatest time! - Jongho LEE from SAMSUNG Art and Design Institute

Why to become a Product Designer is now the Greatest time! – Jongho LEE from SAMSUNG Art and Design Institute

As a Product Designer, I find plenty of inspiration in Sci-fi movies such as Star wars and Concept art sketches. * You can discover Edward Eyth interview who created plenty of sketches and innovation for Back To the Future II, Disney, MARVEL... that inspire nowadays creation such as ...
Drawing with ARTBOOKS CHALLENGE #1 / Inkwork by Darren Quach

Drawing with ARTBOOKS CHALLENGE #1 / Inkwork by Darren Quach

Today we are going to cover a sketching technique to draw more creative sketches in few minutes only ! I love using it when I have no idea what to draw. : P If you face the blank page or feel afraid of sketching, I invite you ...
How to draw New products in 3 steps with this simple creative technique

How to draw New products in 3 steps with this simple creative technique

I am publishing something new for you guys. It's to introduce you a Kickstarter Campaign for beginner designers ! It is a New drawing tool that help you draw basic volumes using ISOMETRIC perspective: The MICRODOT®. 🙂  If you love it and wanna receive your own MICRODOT® (international delivery) from ...
How to start drawing in perspective with this New drawing tool!

How to start drawing in perspective with this New drawing tool!

Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac, Today I got a Designer creative routine for you to implement daily. So you'll generate thousands of new ideas !  I am writing to you from the 24-hours Automatic laundrymat. My clothes are turning in the machine like inside an infinite rollercoaster. It's ...
How a Designer become more creative looking for "Problems" !

How a Designer become more creative looking for “Problems” !

15th July 2018: France won the World Cup !!! Last night I discovered 2 players from the French team come from my hometown, Troyes ! I feel so happy that YES people from my small town can rise to become Champion of the Football World cup ! ...
How bad do you want to be a Product designer ?

How bad do you want to be a Product designer ?

Hello guys ! Many beginners wonder how to get started in design sketching. You may tend to have clumsy sketches no matter how much effort you put in. A good way to improve from start is to work on your quality of lines. So you will gain ...
How to draw Straight lines with confidence as a Designer/ The 4 exercises

How to draw Straight lines with confidence as a Designer/ The 4 exercises

How are you today ? . . Summer holiday period is starting ! : ) I hope you are crazy boosted for enjoying this free time for what you love: Sketching ! And get a great practice before going back to your Design school in September. . If ...
5 reasons why you should NOT start learning to sketch with a Graphic tablet (but with a ball point pen)

5 reasons why you should NOT start learning to sketch with a Graphic tablet (but with a ball point pen)

Vivek Rai was sending me by email a pretty cool picture from a school task he had about creating characters. He asked me some tips about: How to generate ideas to create Character design ? The whole idea is to make interesting features pop out. To do ...
How to make your character design attractive and interesting ?

How to make your character design attractive and interesting ?

Hello guys ! Today I would like to share with you a video I made with my friend RENATA She’s an artist, and draw daily for pleasure with a ball point pen. She has a blog in French: https://lesimages2renata.com/ We know each other for quite a while ...
How to be more creative daily ? From an artist point of view, with Renata.

How to be more creative daily ? From an artist point of view, with Renata.

Today I would like to share with you an inspiring discussion I had. While many parents push their kids to become a Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer… I met a mom who support her son’s interest for drawing to become a Designer. But before sharing with you the 2 ...
2 reasons why a mom encourages her son to become a designer

2 reasons why a mom encourages her son to become a designer

Hello ! It's Chouchou ! Do you feel having no time for sketching ? Let me help you on that. Today, let me show you the behind the scene of a daily designer routine. You will see that it is actually plenty of fun when you stop ...
No time for sketching? How designers draw anywhere!

No time for sketching? How designers draw anywhere!

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, How are you doing today ? I am now at the bar of the airport hotel Ibis. Tomorrow early morning I fly to Tokyo ! From where I will take inspiration like a sponge and keep bringing you guys more and more values ...
21 Drawing tips to make a Super cool Designer Sketchbook (with Antonio member of Sketch Like The Pros from Madrid)

21 Drawing tips to make a Super cool Designer Sketchbook (with Antonio member of Sketch Like The Pros from Madrid)

Hello ! I often receive messages of aspiring designers who do not dare sketching, worried of making mistakes. To help you overcoming this fear, I am giving a 7 day sketching challenge to my students. And I though it would be cool to share with you one ...
How to draw a Go Pro Hero 5 |TIP 211

How to draw a Go Pro Hero 5 |TIP 211

START (0:00) Hey guys! How you doing? Today, I’m pretty excited because we have done something which is pretty new. So for the first time we have organized a Live Q and A chats. We have the followers of the Designs Sketchbook Blog and we have ART ...
Portfolio application for Design school // with Art Center LIVE Q&A CHAT // Take some notes !!

Portfolio application for Design school // with Art Center LIVE Q&A CHAT // Take some notes !!

Hello ! It is Chou-Tac, How are you today ? If it is so-so. Then this coming Saturday I got a BIG SURPRISE for you to get back your natural pretty smile you are so beautiful with. 😀 I remember how plenty of questions about Design school ...
How about a Q&A chat with Art Center Pasadena with David Salow ? About portfolio, design school and career.

How about a Q&A chat with Art Center Pasadena with David Salow ? About portfolio, design school and career.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N5L2-kdnZDI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> I had the great honour to chat with Dwayne Vance ! Together we share about what it takes to become a designer. I am a super fan of Dwayne's work, especially because of a sentimental attachement ...
What it takes to become a Designer: The Designer Coffee Chat #2 with Dwayne Vance

What it takes to become a Designer: The Designer Coffee Chat #2 with Dwayne Vance

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, Our today designer interview with Guillaume Bouvet who is a custom made designer for furniture, gives an essential lesson for any industrial designer. Too many student designer approach their projects taking information about the users only on Google, statistics or their own perception ...
A great lesson of design learned from Guillaume Bouvet, a custom made furniture designer

A great lesson of design learned from Guillaume Bouvet, a custom made furniture designer

Hello ! Today I would like to share with you a simple technique to help you better visualise in 3D. We'll go through the basics of perspective to draw ellipses in 3D, then cylinders. We'll go straight to the point, so I recommend you to get started ...
How to draw cylinders in any angles with the "Packaging box" technique

How to draw cylinders in any angles with the “Packaging box” technique

In visit to Madrid, My parents and I had the chance to meet up Pedro, Antonio and Amor eating Tapas. The whole night, we talk about design, sketching and many other topic related. During the conversation, Antonio asked me if I could show him how to sketch ...
How to draw Sneakers in 3D (The express live demo in Madrid)

How to draw Sneakers in 3D (The express live demo in Madrid)

Hello guys, I have received a question from Omar on The Design Sketchbook Instagram  about How to get started in design sketching. I will also share with you the common mistake from beginners that you should stop doing to progress much faster as a product designer. Feel free ...
How to get started in Design Sketching (Question from Omar)

How to get started in Design Sketching (Question from Omar)

Hello, it's Chouchou ! Christmas is coming ! I hope you are having plenty of fun, and wish you plenty of great time in family and beloved one. 🙂 If you did follow me on Instagram stories, I had fun looking for presents for my baby niece :). I ...
How to draw nice 3d planes to set up your perspective easily.

How to draw nice 3d planes to set up your perspective easily.

Hello guys, today I am in London visiting my friends, and also Vietdong, who is one of my new beginner student of Sketch Like The Pros. We are going to do a quick demo giving you 9 sketching tips for beginners, drawing a Power bank. 🙂 See ...
9 sketching tips for beginners drawing a Power Bank (with Vietdong)

9 sketching tips for beginners drawing a Power Bank (with Vietdong)

Ola from Madrid ! Como estas ? I am now writing to you from Spain, where I am visiting Madrid with my parents. And also preparing the next video vlogging I did in London last week-end - where I had a dinner with one of my student, ...
How to stop sketching flat in 2D and start drawing in 3d volumes

How to stop sketching flat in 2D and start drawing in 3d volumes

Hello guys ! My friends call me Chouchou, I am a Product designer 🙂 To get started in design sketching, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit : https://training.thedesignsketchbook.com/the-designer-starter-kit-lp FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/thedesignsketchbook INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/thedesignsketchbook To contact me, simply send me an email at [email protected] 🙂 What the Designer Starter Kit book will ...
How to draw an infinity of products with ellipses and cylinders.

How to draw an infinity of products with ellipses and cylinders.

Hello !! It's Chouchou, 🙂 I hope you had a great week-end plenty of fun ! 2018 is coming already, I started to plan the next year projects for The Design Sketchbook ! I am happy to say I am preparing more videos, more tutorials, designer interviews from around ...
How about Vlogging for the Design Sketchbook ? :)

How about Vlogging for the Design Sketchbook ? 🙂

Hello guys, As a designer we learn how to promote our projects. We put a lot of effort in our portfolio, but sometime we face difficulties to promote ourself for a job or internship interview. Too many junior fail at doing that following mistake during an interview, which is ...
The big mistake we all do during a design job interview.

The big mistake we all do during a design job interview.

Hey guys, It's Chou-Tac, A question I receive pretty often is: How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching ? I tell my students to draw at least 15 minutes per session to get into it. Which means it is the minimum needed to ...
How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching?

How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching?

Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac, I remember how much important it was for me to be inspired from other student to boost my motivation. Because I wanted to reach their level, I was drawing more often and keep looking at what techniques they were using. This is why ...
Big progress from Kasra S.:  « I do not believe in innate talent. »

Big progress from Kasra S.: « I do not believe in innate talent. »

Hello Hello !! It’s Chou-Tac, My nose is running, so sooorry if you may hear my voice a bit like a duck in the video ! 😛 I hope everything goes well and happy on your side ! Today, is time to go further on the CUBE ...
How to draw Appealing Perspective with the CUBE MANIA Challenge Part 3/3 !

How to draw Appealing Perspective with the CUBE MANIA Challenge Part 3/3 !

Hello Hello !! Yesterday we saw the Part 1 of the Cube Mania challenge. We get familiar with drawing cubes in 2-point perspective, but also how to expand its dimension in all directions. You can click here to start with this video here. And if you are ...
Here we go for the CUBE MANIA Challenge ! VIDEO 2/3

Here we go for the CUBE MANIA Challenge ! VIDEO 2/3

Hi guys, I sometime receive email from aspiring designers who wonder how to start drawing in 3D. If you also may wonder the same question. You also may face this situation: Whatever you draw looks flat. Even though you may use a reference product from real life ...
Start drawing in 3D with The CUBE MANIA Challenge ! VIDEO 1/3

Start drawing in 3D with The CUBE MANIA Challenge ! VIDEO 1/3

Hi guys, I have just received an happy email from Parker, who is a member of my course Sketch Like The Pros. With great motivation and work, he now becomes one of the Top sketcher of his class ! YahoO !! How did he achieved this ? ...
How Parker Liang became one of the top design sketcher of his class (and impress his classmates!)

How Parker Liang became one of the top design sketcher of his class (and impress his classmates!)

Hello guys ! I received an email from Pio Tran about which softwares to learn to become an industrial designer. There is no unique answer to this. However here is my response. First of all, depending on which field you choose among the industrial design, you may ...
The softwares industrial designers use ?

The softwares industrial designers use ?

Hello from Osaka ! I am travelling with my good friend Eliane and her big family in Japan. We are a group of 10 people travelling all over Japan ! :). Last night, we arrived at a new apartment near Namba area, we rented for few days ...
Anyone with GOOD LOGIC can learn how to sketch. See why.

Anyone with GOOD LOGIC can learn how to sketch. See why.

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, How are you doing today ? I know how we all have a busy life, and how many beginners has little time to pursue their passion for sketching. Have you ever said: "I have no time to sketch." - "I feel guilty, I ...
I have no time for sketching. // How to save 5 months of practice for your degree with this simple trick!

I have no time for sketching. // How to save 5 months of practice for your degree with this simple trick!

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, How things going today ? At noon, I met Eugene and his wife Mandy for lunch at Ho Chi Minh City. They are such a lovely couple. Vietnam is the 3rd country I met in real life people who follow the Design Sketchbook ...
What matter more than sketching or creativity skills to grow like crazy.

What matter more than sketching or creativity skills to grow like crazy.

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac How are you today ? Last day I was at Panam, a French pub in Ho Chi Minh owned and driven by my franco-viet friends Khiem and Remy. I enjoy going there to chill and eat Kebab. They make the greatest Kebab in ...
Don’t be precious with your sketches | TIP 215

Don’t be precious with your sketches | TIP 215

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac A lot of designers happened to be introvert (included me), and we may suffer from not being able to socialize with people as easy as we would like to. Networking is not natural for us. Let's me share with you a simple trick ...
"I'm an introvert designer." How to make people remember you at networking.

“I’m an introvert designer.” How to make people remember you at networking.

Hello guys from Vietnam ! How are you doing today ? Here is pretty rainy (Raining season), and I just came back from lunch. I am thinking to start sharing with you more about my daily inspiration thoughts or inspiration as a product designer. As I believe ...
"Is the best Pho in France or Vietnam?" How a chat with a local inspires me as a designer.

“Is the best Pho in France or Vietnam?” How a chat with a local inspires me as a designer.

I have just met John in Singapore. He's one of my VIP member of Sketch Like The Pros. It happenned we were both in Singapore, so we decided to meet up and say hello. 🙂 He's from China, and moved to Singapore for work. It is the first ...
At Basheer Graphics bookstore (Singapore) with John|VIP Sketch Like the Pros member

At Basheer Graphics bookstore (Singapore) with John|VIP Sketch Like the Pros member

Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, In your opinion, who got more value:  Someone skilled with years of experience or a young passionate ? In my previous company, (shoes and fashion industry in Singapore) my colleague needed to hire someone to join her team. But she had to go ...
How a young candidate "beat" skilled designers - and get hired.

How a young candidate “beat” skilled designers – and get hired.

I still wonder how I survived my design school. We had a ton of projects. I remember wondering if they put that pressure on us on purpose. Maybe they wanted to make us overwhelmed, to see if we could manage the intense pressure and workload? I could ...
How I survived my design school and get my dream job.

How I survived my design school and get my dream job.

Hey guys ! Hello ! It's Chou-Tac These last 2 weeks has been full of emotion. Sketch Like The Pros 2017 registration are now closed, and we are now starting with members. And I wanted to thank you all of you guys support. The blog started in 2014, ...
How to draw a hole in a box (Basic perspective)? TIP 208

How to draw a hole in a box (Basic perspective)? TIP 208

Hello Design lovers ! Many of you may be preparing their portfolio to enter a design school, internship or a designer job position. But there is a huge and common mistake I want you to avoid. I divided this in 2 parts: First about the oral presentation of yourself, ...
How to succeed interview for your future design school or job

How to succeed interview for your future design school or job

Hello Design Sketchers ! If you have a heavy wrist tendency, this article is gonna help you realise how much being gentle with you pen matter. If you have this tendency, many of your sketches may tend to look messy. You might have difficulties to finish your sketches, or giving ...
How to start your industrial design sketches very light / TIP 206 (for heavy wrist sketchers)

How to start your industrial design sketches very light / TIP 206 (for heavy wrist sketchers)

Hello Design sketchers ! Too many beginners are afraid of sketching, being afraid of what other people may think. Feeling ashame of showing their clumsy drawings so much they decided to do not sketch at all. "It's like Oh I can't sing, so I don't sing. But ...
Draw something you feel shame of is 1000times better than nothing // Interview with Kim, a baker from Seoul

Draw something you feel shame of is 1000times better than nothing // Interview with Kim, a baker from Seoul

Hey guys! Today, I am super happy to share with you the 1st Design Sketchbook COFFEE CHAT ! 🙂 I hope interviewing more designers around the world to demystify the creative and design industry. Like what Michael DiTullo told me this morning: There is someone behind every object you ...
The Designer Coffee Chat#1 "I want to draw stuff from the future." - Michael DiTullo

The Designer Coffee Chat#1 “I want to draw stuff from the future.” – Michael DiTullo

Instagram is an amazing tool to publish your work online and get feedbacks, but especially likes and followers. You gain exposure, you gain popularity. It's to me great, but there is an other side of the coin if you let yourself get hynotised by these "virtual numbers ...
Don't draw for likes on Instagram.

Don’t draw for likes on Instagram.

Hello, Design sketchers! 😀 It's my second time I do a Sketching live tutorial for you guys on Facebook! It was a real pleasure to help you, and interact with you on Live! Below you can find the replay and practice! We'll cover in 1 hour, these ...
Design Sketchbook Live #2 | How to draw in perspective!

Design Sketchbook Live #2 | How to draw in perspective!

Hello guys ! How are you doing today ? I am very happy to show you today an exercise that is to me just compulsory to go through if you want to draw well in 3D. It's something I feel super fun and I love do it as ...
Level up your design sketches in 3D with this fun 2-point perspective exercise! | TIP 201

Level up your design sketches in 3D with this fun 2-point perspective exercise! | TIP 201

Hello guys ! Today I wanna share with you a common mistake thay may damage your progress for long if you are not aware of it. You will see that it's a very simple thing, but worth to mention. . I have received a video from Jasper who ...
Do you make this sketching mistake with your shoulder? TIP 200

Do you make this sketching mistake with your shoulder? TIP 200

Hello guys, How are you today ? I was giving some corrections to one of my student Zhen Bian from China from my course Sketch like the Pros - and I though I could share it with you too ! The exercise is about drawing a light bulb. And here ...
How to sdraw a light bulb from any angle! (Sphere + Ellipse)| TIP 199

How to sdraw a light bulb from any angle! (Sphere + Ellipse)| TIP 199

Hello guys from Korea ! I am now in Seoul, and it's super cold like being in a freezer. I went to find refuge in a caffe to warm myself and sketch. I sit, opened my sketchbook and found the unfinish fish below. I decided to complete ...
Don't play Pokemon Go! Hunt ideas with your pen and your Sketchbook!!| TIP 198

Don’t play Pokemon Go! Hunt ideas with your pen and your Sketchbook!!| TIP 198

Hi guys, Today I am in Seoul, Korea ! It's amazing and also super cold here. About -7 degrees outside. Ohoh ! Getting warmer back in my room, I thought it would be cool to publish the replay of our Design Sketchbook Show here in the blog ! ...
3 techniques to give visual impact to your sketches | The Design Sketchbook Show! #1

3 techniques to give visual impact to your sketches | The Design Sketchbook Show! #1

Hello Design Sketchers !! Today is my great pleasure to introduce you Noah Sussman, designer for UVEX Sports in Germany. I met Noah when both of us used to work at Adidas Headquarter at Herzo. I was in the footwear department, and Noah in the accessory department ...
Noah Sussman | Interview with a Sports designer: Adidas Performance, UVEX sports

Noah Sussman | Interview with a Sports designer: Adidas Performance, UVEX sports

Hello ! Today, it's time to publish the 2nd part of the questions you have sent to me these last few weeks! (We'll cover 36 questions) Because I want you to progress much faster but also happier, I have prepared an online course where you will learn how to ...
"Bring your sketch Alive!!" launch + 36 answers to your questions !

“Bring your sketch Alive!!” launch + 36 answers to your questions !

The 1st DESIGN SKETCHBOOK SHOW! Live event: Learn how to make greater design and eye-catching sketches joining me on Facebook LIVE! on Wednesday 1st February 2017. Click here to get your Free invitation: https://facebook.com/events/1184847524963001 Hi guys, I hope you had a great day ! Here in Asia, it feels like ...
73 Things you asked about Design sketching | Part 1 (+ New upcoming Creative program 2017)

73 Things you asked about Design sketching | Part 1 (+ New upcoming Creative program 2017)

If you are in love with sketching and creativity, today is your lucky day! I would like to introduce you an amazing designer and professor: Edward Eyth.  He worked on projects for Steven Spielberg, Marvel, Disney, and he did concept design for the movie “Back to the Future II ...
Interview with Edward Eyth who designed for Marvel, S. Spielberg, Disney, Back to the future II... !!

Interview with Edward Eyth who designed for Marvel, S. Spielberg, Disney, Back to the future II… !!

Hello ! Hello ! It's ChouTac, How are you ? It's Saturday, and Saturday is a Happy Day ! Why ? Because tomorrow is Sunday : D  Today, I got a little survey for you: https://goo.gl/forms/hOhjfzpaFci86fpM2 I believe we can achieve anything being happy. However, when we ...
Surround yourself with passionate people to grow your sketching level.

Surround yourself with passionate people to grow your sketching level.

Hey guys, I have just received a message from Krishna who told me a senior students offer her a Graphire tablet (It's the early generation of graphic tablet from Wacom). She doesn't have yet the budget for a Cintiq but she'is interested in an Intuos 3.  Let me ...
Invest in yourself first. Don't always "chase" the latest designer tools.

Invest in yourself first. Don’t always “chase” the latest designer tools.

Sometime we wonder how to get more inspiration daily for our project at school. We may be tempted to buy books but they are pretty expensive as a student. Your teacher tell you to go to library, exposition and/or to be observant and get inspired from your ...
Find a lot of design inspiration at shopping with that simple trick

Find a lot of design inspiration at shopping with that simple trick

Hey guys, Today I am super excited as one of my dream has been realised ! As a user of the Wacom Cintiq 22HD, I did myself a little present: The Ergotron arm ! If you are also a Wacom Cintiq user, I think you are gonna love it ...
My new tech accessory: the Ergotron for  Wacom Cintiq 22!

My new tech accessory: the Ergotron for Wacom Cintiq 22!

When I was student, we made a lot of mood boards to visually communicate on the brands, users and products. We spend hours looking at relevant pictures to convey our ideas on our presentation board. One of the main issue we faced was finding great websites where ...
5 websites to get inspired from for creating your mood boards

5 websites to get inspired from for creating your mood boards

Hey guys, Which pen are you drawing with ? (Tell me in the comments !) If you are still wondering with which pen to start with, let me share with you the series of test from Brent George, one of my student at Sketch like the Pros did during the ...
How to buy a ball point pen for drawing |pen test with Brent George

How to buy a ball point pen for drawing |pen test with Brent George

It's 4:58 am and I can't sleep. I guess I am still a bit Jetlagged after my 28 hours journey door to door from France to Singapore. I was in bed with my mind fully awake thinking about writing to guys. And I remembered something when I was ...
Show all what you got in your design portfolio!

Show all what you got in your design portfolio!

Hey guys, Many of you told me it's valuable to discover more about the profession of a Product designer - knowing more about the real life out there after your design school. Today, I am very happy to introduce you my friend, Vincent Védie. We are good friends and ...
Interview with Vincent Védie, who never gave up to follow his dream as a designer

Interview with Vincent Védie, who never gave up to follow his dream as a designer

Hello from Paris Airport! It's 6.19am, and I am waiting for my flight to Singapore with a transit at Ryhad. Today I wanna share with you a question I received from Yanik, who left a message on one of my video tutorial on Youtube. Oh, I will keep ...
Should I start sketching on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185

Should I start sketching on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185

Hey guys!! Today, I am pretty excited to share with you something only a few know about. The topic of the day is something that matter more than anything to succeed: It's how to build your self-confidence. We often hear about self-made success in the business world who succeeded ...
8 ways to build your confidence as an Industrial Designer

8 ways to build your confidence as an Industrial Designer

Erwan who is an upcoming student product designer, has just send me an email. He's from France, 20 years old and will join soon the ISD Rubika design school at Valencienne (in France). How to start in great condition and progress fast? "Hey Erwan, Your question is pretty interesting as it's ...
12 tips to progress faster as a student designer

12 tips to progress faster as a student designer

It's late at night, it's quiet and I suddenly saw a small booklet I handmade with watercolour paper and a golden pliers I bought at Tokyu Hands shop. I grab the closest ballpoint pen I see and sketch. Sketching is like practicing sport. Start with a warm up! ...
Start your sketch with a light pen pressure |TIP 182

Start your sketch with a light pen pressure |TIP 182

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 ...
Rise your perspective skills dividing a box

Rise your perspective skills dividing a box

Hey guys, Today I would like to share with you a Tip I learned at my Design school. When I was student in Product design, I was so fascinated by Car design that I went to ask for information to the transport design students. One of them ...
Car design Tip | Sketch with the "Happy Accident"!

Car design Tip | Sketch with the “Happy Accident”!

These days, we have been talking about Footwear design with Mr Bailey from Concept Kicks, so I felt it would be cool to publish the second 1 minute tutorial about How to draw a sneaker - and we'll be using the Nike Air Max, the lady version. I ...
How to draw the Nike Air Max | The Sneaker 1 minute sketching tutorial

How to draw the Nike Air Max | The Sneaker 1 minute sketching tutorial

Today, is meaningful to me. I am interviewing Mr Bailey, founder of ConceptkicksLab, a Footwear design and Development agency - and also Concept Kicks, a blog of reference about sneaker design. When I was student Mr Bailey published (still) awesome sketches from sneaker designers on his blog. It was a ...
Was it difficult to become a Footwear designer? - Interview with Mr Bailey - Concept Kicks

Was it difficult to become a Footwear designer? – Interview with Mr Bailey – Concept Kicks

Hey guys, Because you are super curious at discovering new things, I am trying a new format of SUPER SHORT video tutorial and I would like to get your opinion about it. After watching it, let me know in the comment if you would like to see more ...
How to draw a coin? | The 1minute tutorial!

How to draw a coin? | The 1minute tutorial!

Hey, Today I wanna share with you a motivational TIP I learned from my friend Roy Pallas, from the French blog: Blog-le-dessin.com. (blog-the-drawing) I knew his blog before I met him in person. I am happy to say that his blog is full of generousity and kindness - ...
"Don't focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!" - Roy Pallas | TIP 177

“Don’t focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!” – Roy Pallas | TIP 177

Hey, I am not very happy of how education system is trying to create "clones" learning literature and math. How about art and creativity? Art and education are like oil and vinegar. They can't blend. Ok, whatever! But if you blend them well adding a bit of ...
Are you a black sheep?

Are you a black sheep?

Hi guys, Today I have just met an amazing Toy artist in Bangkok! I though it would be great to share our meeting with you. If you love art toys, you might have heard about him: he's Marc from the duet Marc & Sven from COARSE. I took ...
"I've no Design degree. I followed my passion and vision." - Marc, a toy sculptor - COARSE

“I’ve no Design degree. I followed my passion and vision.” – Marc, a toy sculptor – COARSE

Hey guys! How are you today? I just went back from my Calystehnic class. (If you may wonder what is it about, it's also called Street workout or Gym using bodyweight.) It's now resting time, and I take a "few" minute to write this article. Sketching in the ...
How to succeed making ugly doodles! | TIP 174

How to succeed making ugly doodles! | TIP 174

How long have you been sketching? To give a short answer, I have 2 big periods of drawing. The first one was when I was a kid till I grew up as a teen. I was sketching at home and school so we could share among friends. At Junior ...
What matter more than years of sketching.

What matter more than years of sketching.

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 ...
How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172

How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172

I went to the famous book shop in Singapore: Kinokuniya. They have a huge Art & Design corner where you find books about Product design, architecture, fashion, packaging, tatoo, figure drawing, calligraphy... It's a paradise of learning content and inspiration. But, Did you know there is an ...
Art books are my inspiration Red bull!

Art books are my inspiration Red bull!

We saw in the Part A how to solve a common mistake about drawing "dual ellipses" - showing the top surface of camera lens for example. Today, let's draw multiple cylinders on the same scene, like the Buren's column in Paris ...
How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective |Part B

How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective |Part B

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 ...
How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A

How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A

"Remove the headphones and unplug the computer. True inspiration comes from life. Real life. Not some pixelated version of it." - Sir John Hegarty Anything you see on Internet are flat pictures - but no experience. So you are somehow missing of the "real feel". What you ...
"True inspiration comes from life. Not a pixelated version of it." - Sir John Hegarty

“True inspiration comes from life. Not a pixelated version of it.” – Sir John Hegarty

Leonardo studied Industrial design, and he's today a 3D artist for video games. He enrolled my course Sketch like the Pros as a VIP student. Leonardo sent me his work about cubes - it is pretty unique. More than following the course step-by-step, he spice up his drawing session: by ...
Want to learn faster? Make it personal | Sketch from Leo | TIP 168

Want to learn faster? Make it personal | Sketch from Leo | TIP 168

Ben has a story I feel inspiring. You  will see how he almost dropped school at the age of 16 - fortunately, one of his teacher saw his creative potential and encouraged him to study in a Design school.  In love with cars, he went to Transport design, ...
"Drawing has been a way to get everything I dreamed about." | Interview with Ben Go, a Yacht designer.

“Drawing has been a way to get everything I dreamed about.” | Interview with Ben Go, a Yacht designer.

My girlfriend and I went to Starbuck last Tuesday. She likes to go there to work without distraction. So I was pretty much bored. I took a pen and draw on her receipt what I saw around me. Basically, the shop Nubox and Subway. What I like ...
Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167

Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167

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

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

Hey guys, If your perspective on your sketches looks awkward, or they seam lacking of details, these today 2 sketching TIPS might help you. I've just received an inspiring sketch from one of my VIP student of [Sketch Like the Pros]. At first, she sketched a camera ...
Struggling at drawing details? Draw them big! | Sketch from Amy | TIP 165

Struggling at drawing details? Draw them big! | Sketch from Amy | TIP 165

Hello! I invite you to play at the new challenge I call: The 1 Minute Sketching Challenge!  It's fun to sketch. I have just tried today and I can already see how it will help me improve my skills. I warmly invite you to make a try. Post your sketches ...
The 9 benefits of the 1 minute Sketching Challenge

The 9 benefits of the 1 minute Sketching Challenge

1 Learning how to sketch is about making iteration. We try, we do mistake, we adjust... we retry... and so on. That's how we keep learning and get better at anything. If you want to learn violon, you have to try, explore and train your ears. So you ...
3 rules from Kimon Nicolaides to learn making 1000 mistakes

3 rules from Kimon Nicolaides to learn making 1000 mistakes

These last few days I made a lot of research about the IPad Pro - wether it is suitable for me - as a sketcher.* I am a Wacom user for years, and I was positively impressed from what I saw online about the Apple tablet. But ...
Why I might not sketch on Ipad Pro. :(

Why I might not sketch on Ipad Pro. 🙁

Should I get an Ipad Pro for sketching? I really like the idea of "On and draw". That machine looks really cool. After so long, and deception with the previous Adonit Jot pen (Stylus for Ipad) - Apple seams creating something better than the Samsung Pro Note ...
Wanna get cool design sketches? Do not start with details | TIP 162

Wanna get cool design sketches? Do not start with details | TIP 162

Whenever we have a problem, we dig in the past to find a similar case to solve the case. I believe there is an even better approach: To do the same, but add in a pinch of creativity! To do that, we have to be ready "to ...
Why a good relationship designer/technician counts more than any skill?

Why a good relationship designer/technician counts more than any skill?

I share with you my meeting with few Thai wood carver in Bangkok. I hope giving you some TIPS to help you working with suppliers in Asia in general. I actually had similar experience with Chinese suppliers when I used to work there for the shoe industry. In ...
Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?

Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?

I am in a taxi of Bangkok on the way to Bang Sue, a road famous for woodcraft. I hope we are on the right way.  We have just been dropped by an other taxi at a wrong place. At 1 hour far away from our destination! ...
When design fusions a cafe and a shop - Bangkok

When design fusions a cafe and a shop – Bangkok

I am now in the flight from Singapore to Bangkok. No movie to watch. Let me share with you a story from when my friends and I was student in design school. Our teachers told us often: "Do not stop at your first idea." As a young ...
Don't trust your first idea. You can create more than that!

Don’t trust your first idea. You can create more than that!

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 ...
Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.

Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.

Hi guys, To keep in touch more often with you, I am experimenting blogging with my phone! I am writing with my Xiaomi (Redmi) phone and the screen is pretty small. I feel like writing an email to you while I actually write an article for the ...
How I plan to share with you even more!

How I plan to share with you even more!

I am preparing the reopening of the registration of Sketch Like The Pros design course. To help you build your motivation and self-confidence, I want to show you that anyone who start as a true-beginner can succeed. No matter your age and initial skill. Lucas is a ...
Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] course| Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression

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

Being a designer is a "24-hour work". You see, hear, eat, sleep as a designer. Everything that surround you is a source of inspiration. Under the condition that you are actively aware of it. To enhance your creativity, don't wait for it. Provoke it! Actively pay attention ...
13 ways to boost your creativity and productivity as an Industrial designer

13 ways to boost your creativity and productivity as an Industrial designer

Today we meet Huang Li-Chung who has an atypical background. He took a common path (Civil engineering) but then decided to follow his passion for design. He definitely gave a new orientation to his life. I though it would be great to learn from him – so ...
Majored in Civil engineering but in love with Design | Interview with Huang Li-Chung, 47yo

Majored in Civil engineering but in love with Design | Interview with Huang Li-Chung, 47yo

Tonight I was chilling in the shopping mall NEX at Serangoon, and “randomly” went to the pen shop! In this article below, you will see few quick sketches I made with the Signo Uni-Ball gel pen showing you some Tips about circles on cubes. If you want ...
New sketching pens ! Love the Signo Uni-Ball colours from Mitsubishi.

New sketching pens ! Love the Signo Uni-Ball colours from Mitsubishi.

Download the steps in hi-resolution.  (Right click + Save as) Hey, today I would like to share with you some TIPS about How to draw ellipses in perspective. It will be a great start for later on drawing things such as glasses, bottles, bowl, wheels… basically cylinders ...
How to draw ellipses in perspective in 7 steps | TIP 158

How to draw ellipses in perspective in 7 steps | TIP 158

Last week I bought some felt pad to stick under a table so it wouldn’t scratch the floor. I realized then that the heavy table actually slide easily on the ground. So we wouldn’t even need any wheel. Later on, I started to sketch on my Cintiq ...
How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD with a simple IKEA accessory

How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD with a simple IKEA accessory

This article is inspired from en email from Marc, a student of my course [Sketch like the Pros]. He shared with me that he didn’t show some of his drawing waiting to be ready to be good enough for it. It’s a common reaction we have when ...
Are you too old to start learning how to draw?

Are you too old to start learning how to draw?

Last November, the course Sketch like the Pros was launched. I was glad to see how it gather an infinite number of unique profile who have all in common the passion for Design sketching. Today I would to share with you the story of the youngest student ...
The youngest student I know studying Design sketching - Interview with Hippolyte Lucas (15yo)

The youngest student I know studying Design sketching – Interview with Hippolyte Lucas (15yo)

It’s surprising how much you can learn from people you’ve just met. Last week-end I went to  visit the city of Lyon in France. I went there using carpooling (Blablacar.com). To me, it’s a great way to meet new people and have fascinating discussion with them. When ...
3 Design Tips to get inspired from an abstract painter

3 Design Tips to get inspired from an abstract painter

Personal note: ”This past week has been very exciting with the launch of the course |SKETCH LIKE THE PROS|. It’s a real pleasure to see such enthusiasm from so many people around the world who share the same passion for Design Sketching. I would like to thank ...
Draw more ideas with the random product technique + Photoshop quick render

Draw more ideas with the random product technique + Photoshop quick render

We have today the privilege to receive Nick Huber, who is the Director of Design and Community at Mesh01.com. He will share with us about: Why sketching is so important for a designer ? Nick gives us also precious advices about how a student or junior designer ...
Why sketching is predominant for a designer? | With Nick Huber – Mesh01.com

Why sketching is predominant for a designer? | With Nick Huber – Mesh01.com

Most beginners abandon their dreams because of lack of confidence. They love sketching but give up too early. They practice a lot and even put a lot of effort as we say "Practice is the key". But they never progress so they conclude they don't have any ...
How I started design sketching and kept motivated ?

How I started design sketching and kept motivated ?

Last week we sas How to draw a cube with 1-point perspective and how to recognise weither you need 1 or 2-points perspective. I guess you also saw how easy it is to draw by just following the steps. So today, it’s time to draw a cube ...
How to draw a cube with 2-point perspective | TIP 155 | VIDEO

How to draw a cube with 2-point perspective | TIP 155 | VIDEO

Pretty often beginners feel overwhelmed in front of perspective. There is so many lines going here and there that we even don’t know how to start. So I made this video to show you stroke-by-stroke how to set the perspective scene and draw a cube inside. In ...
How to draw a cube with 1-point perspective | TIP 154 | VIDEO

How to draw a cube with 1-point perspective | TIP 154 | VIDEO

Let’s contniue with the video tutorials exported from the exercises you can find in the book : the Designer Starter Kit. Feel free to download it and find the right elements for a good start in Design sketching. This week we already saw in video: How to ...
Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | VIDEO

Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | VIDEO

This week we already saw: How to draw straight lines How to draw perfect squares To carry on your progress on your sketching daily routine, let’s look at How to draw awesome circles ! Video tutorial in pictures below Start drawing a circle Visualise a point of ...
How to draw perfect circles | TIP 152 | VIDEO

How to draw perfect circles | TIP 152 | VIDEO

Today we carry on with the 2nd video of the series of 6 - illustrating the Designer Starter Kit book (Feel free to download it and start from there. It’s free.) VIDEO 2/6 How to draw perfect square. If you have done well the previous tutorial about ...
How to draw perfect square + the common mistakes | TIP 151 | VIDEO

How to draw perfect square + the common mistakes | TIP 151 | VIDEO

Today is the 1st video of a series of 6 videos illustrating the exercises from the Designer Starter Kit. If you haven’t done it yet, you can download the book. You will find there the essentials information needed such as how to hold you pen, the body ...
How to draw straight lines + the Common mistakes | TIP 150 | VIDEO

How to draw straight lines + the Common mistakes | TIP 150 | VIDEO

Sometime when we face a blank page, we wonder what to draw. There is a simple solution to get started – and create that “spark of inspiration”. It’s Draw your house. I mean pick up anything you like in your house, and draw it. You can decide ...
Wonder what to draw? Draw your house! | TIP 149 | VIDEO

Wonder what to draw? Draw your house! | TIP 149 | VIDEO

Yesterday, one of my student asked me: I am doing mistakes. Is it my fault ? I answered telling him a story about learning how to cycle. Do you mind I share it with you as well ? | Do you remember the first day you tried ...
Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Embrace them. | TIP 148

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Embrace them. | TIP 148

This article has been inspired from questions asked by the members of my blog who answered my previous survey: Ask me anything. Thank you Prakash from India, Rerolde from Brazil, He from USA, Anze from Slovenia, Mfonkpang from Nigeria, Skirsk from USA for your questions about “How ...
How to keep motivated (having poor results) and avoid procrastination ? | TIP 147

How to keep motivated (having poor results) and avoid procrastination ? | TIP 147

I was browsing my picture library, looking for a subject to draw for you guys. I ended with that hostel front I took in picture in Taipei few years ago. I stayed there a couple of night. All the mattress was covered with leopard and zebra print… ...
How to draw an hostel with good proportion | VIDEO |TIP146

How to draw an hostel with good proportion | VIDEO |TIP146

Nicolas is a French student in Industrial Design who has recently achieved with success an Internship at Salomon. Nicolas’s experience has a lot of positive insight so I though you may be curious to know more about him as much as I am ! 🙂 Tell us ...
"We have to get out of the comfort zone" Interview with an Industrial design student - Nicolas Gomes (France)

“We have to get out of the comfort zone” Interview with an Industrial design student – Nicolas Gomes (France)

Arpithooda asked me on Instagram : What is my favourite black ball point pen ? I though you guys may ask yourself the same question about it. So let me share with you our discussion. Beside that, I would be curious to know which one is yours ...
What is your favourite Ball point pen ? | TIP 145

What is your favourite Ball point pen ? | TIP 145

Hey, today I was chillin’ in town. My Black Papermate FLAIR M died yesterday, so I came to the pen shop to get a new one. It’s always a great feel to draw with a brand new pen when the ink is flowing so well. It’s fluid ...
Love sketching with the Papermate FLAIR M (Medium) | TIP 144

Love sketching with the Papermate FLAIR M (Medium) | TIP 144

Zhe Mei, Devansh S, Mya, Rodrigo O, Tilo, Forrester, John P, Tomes, Rafael asked me in the recent survey about: How do you get inspired and draw things from imagination ? May I share with you a quote I really like from Leigh Michaels. "Waiting for inspiration ...
11 TIPS to get inspired and draw from imagination | Tip 143

11 TIPS to get inspired and draw from imagination | Tip 143

I believe meeting people enrich ourselves from their experiences. I will interview designers and other great people from the creative industry and share with you guys. I am pleased today to interview Diaset. A Diamond setter who has 15 years of experience in Fine Jewellery. You can ...
“When I begin something, I am tenacious” Interview with Diaset, Diamond setter (Cartier, Chanel…)

“When I begin something, I am tenacious” Interview with Diaset, Diamond setter (Cartier, Chanel…)

Daniel has just started Design sketching. Yesterday, he let me a public comment asking me a question that you may wonder as well: Q: I bought a Wacom tablet. Should I still practice with pen and marker by hand ? Hello Daniel, About the markers, if your ...
How to choose:  Markers or Wacom tablet? |TIP142

How to choose: Markers or Wacom tablet? |TIP142

When you start learning how to sketch, you study and practice basic rules drawing line of perpective, line of geometry and simple shapes such as square, circles… and so on. We are going to see something that will change your daily habit when you draw. At the ...
How to make your sketches more real |TIP141

How to make your sketches more real |TIP141

Hey today is a sketch of a Super-hero made with Photoshop. Actually I did that video just for myself and for fun. But I though I could add some Tips to share with you through this sketch. 1- The vertical axis here is here a symmetry axis ...
How to draw a Super-Hero (Photoshop) |TIP 140 |VIDEO

How to draw a Super-Hero (Photoshop) |TIP 140 |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 ...
How to draw a bottle Sketchbook Pro |TIP 139 |VIDEO

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

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

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

Wether you study Industrial design for 3, 4 or 5 years, you might end given a project to carry, defend and promote yourself for several months. The main obstacle you shall meet is the choice of your topic. Make sure it has a great potential, and that ...
Get a high distinction choosing a great topic | TIP137

Get a high distinction choosing a great topic | TIP137

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, ...
Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO

Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO

Hello Design Sketchers ! Some of you told me about facing these challenges when you start sketching: "My sketches doesn’t looks good" "It’s not easy to draw from imagination" "I loose my confidence and give up fast" Wether you are beginner or senior, this situation is actually pretty ...
Be more creative drawing "Ugly doodles" |TIP135

Be more creative drawing “Ugly doodles” |TIP135

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 ...
7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO

7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO

“To get inspired, admire.” (You will find a fun assignment-of-the-day at the end of the article) Q/ “How do you develop your own drawing style ?” By being inspired by other people. I admire them. Who ? My classmate who got higher skills with whom we shared ...
How to develop your own drawing style? |TIP133

How to develop your own drawing style? |TIP133

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 - ...
Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132

Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132

When I was student (2003-2009), my classmates and I didn’t have any Graphic tablet at school to practice on. The first tablet I put my hands on was an humble Graphire* from Wacom I bought from the IT store. I was so happy to make my first ...
How to start digital sketching ? (Material and software)

How to start digital sketching ? (Material and software)

I have just flied back to my hometown in France where I will set up a new office space to have more time to create new tutorials and great content for designers. Keep posted ! Today I share with you an experience you may face as well, ...
How I bring my IMac 21" and Wacom Cintiq 22" by plane! | TIP130

How I bring my IMac 21″ and Wacom Cintiq 22″ by plane! | TIP130

Whether at school or in the industry, it’s an asset for a designer “to be unique”.To be unique, some people think they rather keep there knowledge secrets to better shine. There is nothing wrong about it though. But I believe that sharing knowledge will get you shine ...
5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve| TIP129

5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve| TIP129

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

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

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 ...
How to spot the horizon and converging lines? |TIP127

How to spot the horizon and converging lines? |TIP127

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 ...
5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective |TIP126

5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective |TIP126

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 ...
Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125

Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125

Nowadays, the world move fast, maybe too fast sometime. To keep updated a designer has to allocate some time at forecasting innovation and trends. I share with you some websites that I enjoy reading when I was student and still today. I share with you different type ...
9 Must-see website for industrial designers |Tip124

9 Must-see website for industrial designers |Tip124

Alessandro Millione from Italy Design student Q: How to publish a portfolio online ? Nowadays, it’s super easy to publish a portfolio online. There is several platform that allow designers from different field to put online there work and resume as well. It’s like a fusion of ...
How to publish a Design portfolio online? |TIP 123

How to publish a Design portfolio online? |TIP 123

When we look for inspiration, we do our research from visual documents such as books, magazines, photography… How about sound, taste, smell… Should we also explore our other senses ? Definitely, yes. Nowadays an industrial designer doesn't look only at function and performance - but also emotion ...
Innovate using your 5 senses |TIP122

Innovate using your 5 senses |TIP122

Question from Ragavendran Architecture student from India. Q: Where, When, How do you get inspired for any designs? Sometime we wish we could simply switch on a button to make inspiration appear like a bright light from a light bulb. Don’t panic, lacking of inspiration is a ...
Get Design inspired like a Chef !

Get Design inspired like a Chef !

Question from Nur Aktas Industrial design student, Turkey As a designer, how do you present your product to the company? As a designer when you present a project to your company (or a client), we don’t straight away present a final project. We set up few meetings ...
5 phases to present your project to your design company |Tip120

5 phases to present your project to your design company |Tip120

Drawing shoes is not that easy at start. We often face some issues about proportion, and how to visualize the shoe in “3D”. As well as Palette (Sketchbook for sneakers and lady shoes), I like to use templates before creating a new design of shoe. My template ...
How to draw a side view shoe in 3 tips | TIP119

How to draw a side view shoe in 3 tips | TIP119

I am following a cool page about Footwear design on Instagram: @PaletteStudioCo Credit featured image on the home page from Rob Maston or @raw_mass @PaletteStudioCo on Instagram It showcased amazing works of pro, beginner or passionate of footwear design – drawing with the Sketchbook Palette. What is ...
Palette. A Sketchbook for shoe designer |TIP118

Palette. A Sketchbook for shoe designer |TIP118

Martijn Van de Wiel is an Industrial Design teacher at Eindhoven University of Technology – I was pleased to be invited as a guest to converse with him and his sketching class. We did a Skype call Singapore – Netherland and had a great time sharing some ...
Design talk about the value of sketching and digital tools. With Martijn van de Wiel and his class |TIP117

Design talk about the value of sketching and digital tools. With Martijn van de Wiel and his class |TIP117

When we first join a design school, we may receive an art material list. After a visit in any art shop, you realise that the material is costly and that our budget may be quite limited. But we start so excited that we tend to be non ...
Must-have Art material list for a student designer

Must-have Art material list for a student designer

Time is precious and no one can stretch it. How about converting your transportation time to a productive session ? I remember after class, I was drawing in the subway going home. And my classmate asked me: - Hey you never stop drawing ? - Humm yeah ...
Sketch more being more creative in the subway |TIP115

Sketch more being more creative in the subway |TIP115

If you have decided to join a Design School, get ready to sleep less. 😉 You will face new challenges and obstacles that drive you to change your daily habits for an exciting Design journey. I list a number of difficulties or situation you may meet during ...
10 Tips to keep up as an Industrial Design student |TIP 114

10 Tips to keep up as an Industrial Design student |TIP 114

Thank you Chetan Yadav for sending me your question. I remember I actually asked my self the same question when I was student. Q: Do I need to be proficient in Photoshop to work in the industry ? In the Product or Transport design industry, it usually ...
7 reasons why designers use Photoshop |TIP113

7 reasons why designers use Photoshop |TIP113

We saw at the TIP 109 How to draw Cast Shadow using PARALLEL source light (such as the sun). Today let's see more about DIVERGING source light (such as 1 or multiple projectors). You are free to use any of these 2 techniques. To illustrate both techniques, ...
Cast shadow | Diverging source light from projectors |Tip112

Cast shadow | Diverging source light from projectors |Tip112

Nymul has just sent me a question. I share here with you hoping to help more people. Send me your question in the comments or email at [email protected] I will be glad to answer you and share the answer to all of you. Question from Nymul “Hi ...
Q/A How to become a footwear designer? | TIP111

Q/A How to become a footwear designer? | TIP111

To constantly improve at Design Sketching, we know that Practice is the key. But M. Procrastination like to call us one time in a while. It may be a sign that we need a break. It’s ok. No harm. Just don’t rest with him too long.* We ...
How to keep Mr Procrastination away |Tip110

How to keep Mr Procrastination away |Tip110

To make your sketch pop out from the background, it's essential to add a Cast shadow. The “cast shadow” projects the shadow of an object on a surface (basically the ground surface). I basically use 2 methods at drawing the cast shadow: the Parallel source of lightthe ...
Cast Shadow | Parallel source of light from the Sun |TIP109

Cast Shadow | Parallel source of light from the Sun |TIP109

Anything can happen! The interview itself could be short, or could stretch on for upwards of three hours. It could involve an office and call for professional formal attire, or it could take place casually on a café terrace. You could be invited to take a plane ...
10 steps to Be irresistible at your Design interview

10 steps to Be irresistible at your Design interview

A good number of you guys come from countries speaking Spanish, such as Colombia, brazil, Spain…  and some asked me if I would consider a translation of [the Designer Starter Kit]. Resúmen Guía1 Prepárate con 5 consejos Guía2 Dominando el bolígrafo Guía3 Tener un sentido de la ...
[the Designer Starter Kit] design sketching Book in Spanish!

[the Designer Starter Kit] design sketching Book in Spanish!

We all know about Brainstorming. I was thinking about making a “Doodle-Storm”. Try, and send me yours ! It’s a real pleasure to get absorbed by the “Doodle-Storm” session – Drawing some free form of an Earphone. I didn’t give myself a time limit (I had the ...
Get ready for a SONY earphone Doodle-storm! |TIP108

Get ready for a SONY earphone Doodle-storm! |TIP108

Today, a tutorial on How to draw arrows using 1 and 2-point perspective. With practice, you will be able to take some shortcuts and draw arrows without tracing the whole set of: Horizon line, vanishing points and converging lines. Take this video as a basic exercise that ...
How to draw arrows in perspective |Part2 |TIP 107

How to draw arrows in perspective |Part2 |TIP 107

When you sketch an object, most of the time you can’t possibly draw the full set of Perspective: Horizon line Vanishing points Converging lines. However, it’s SUPER ESSENTIAL to always keep in mind the perspective rules to make sure that your sketch is correct. With practice, your ...
Perspective | How to visualize and spot the converging lines? | TIP106 | VIDEO

Perspective | How to visualize and spot the converging lines? | TIP106 | VIDEO

In product Design we like to use arrows to express a movement, a path, an acceleration. It’s not only made to designate certain elements of a product. Today, I will show you how to decompose an arrow in simple shapes, and making sure to draw it with ...
How to draw arrows in perspective |Part 1 |TIP105

How to draw arrows in perspective |Part 1 |TIP105

Perspective can scare many beginners. However, if we decompose the process in simple steps, we realise that we can master the basics very fast. This video will show you in a simple way how to draw a cube with 2-point perspective. You will see: Step-by-step how to ...
How to draw a cube in 2-point perspective? | TIP 104 | VIDEO

How to draw a cube in 2-point perspective? | TIP 104 | VIDEO

In design sketching, it’s essential to know how to represent ideas fast, especially during the preliminary phase of research of a project. We are not yet looking for “sexy drawings”. We want to allocate more time at thinking, and multiply the number of sketches. Less time we ...
Sketch faster and better with he Contour lines |TIP 103

Sketch faster and better with he Contour lines |TIP 103

We was drawing at Garden by the Bay, in Singapore. I took a picture of my friend drawing. It was the first I saw someone holding the pen that way (picture below). So I tried. My movement became clearly limited. Maybe I was just not used to ...
Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101

Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101

A TIP I recommend especially for beginners who have difficulties to start - who try to draw, but can’t find any satisfaction at the moment. Instead of focusing on getting "ambitious" result, and get frustrated, I recommend to focus on getting pleasure at drawing. That’s how you ...
Learn better by better enjoying the present |TIP100

Learn better by better enjoying the present |TIP100

My friend Adrien Wira and I tried something new, a Collaboration. It’s something I never though about till Adrien suggested the idea. We know each other for a while. We was classmate at Creapole-ESDI, in Paris studying Product design. Adrien is a talented Footwear designer at Adidas, ...
Concept art collaboration Choutac x Adrien Wira |TIP99

Concept art collaboration Choutac x Adrien Wira |TIP99

Today a Video tutorial of Photoshop interface and brush (Opacity and Size pen pressure). After this tutorial you will know how to make your first sketch on Photoshop with your graphic tablet. 00:10 Create a new document 01:10 Interface presentation: Tool bar, tool preset, Canvas, Windows 01:30 ...
How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98

How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98

“Maxpower20” asked me if I would have any advise on How to improve the line quality. I think it could be helpful to share the info with all of you. I did this sketch on Photoshop with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. I started it with the pen ...
6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97

6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97

When you start a drawing session, you may wonder why your first sketches are clumsy. Your hand muscles are not yet that agile. It’s good to start with a bit of warm up. For that, draw anything with a loose hand. Warm Up drawing with a loose ...
Warm up drawing with a loose hand | TIP96

Warm up drawing with a loose hand | TIP96

Drawing nice curves are essential for a dynamic sketch. 90% of the time I use 2 types of curves. You can see an example of sketch I did with the C-Curves and the S-Curves, while drawing a sneaker. Many beginners are scared at drawing curves. I will ...
How to draw C-Curves? | TIP95

How to draw C-Curves? | TIP95

The middle line is essential to any designer. Mother nature made most of the thing on earth and outer space symmetrical. The human, then creates object mostly symmetrical as well. You may want to draw a spaceship, a rasor, a lamp, a car, a fashion model…anything symmetrical, ...
How to get a symmetrical sketch in perspective ? Use the "Middle line" |TIP 94

How to get a symmetrical sketch in perspective ? Use the “Middle line” |TIP 94

7-days Roll of paper challenge I started without knowing the lenght of the roll. But I needed to set up a time limit to the challenge. I took 7 days, fair enough. The challenge is not about making each sketch a piece of art, but a design ...
18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge |TIP93

18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge |TIP93

Hi guys, today I recorded the first video of sketching tutorial ! To be honest that was not easy for me, as I am not used to speak alone in front of a camera. I plan to do more videos, so more I do more I should ...
How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners |TIP92

How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners |TIP92

Second day of the Roll of paper challenge. My mood is not there. I sit and carry on drawing on the roll of paper. About 1.50meter later, I am not much happy with the results. I feel inefficient. I realised that I am not focused, and my ...
Roll of paper challenge - Day 2 - How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91

Roll of paper challenge – Day 2 – How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91

To improve we need to regularly get out of our comfort zone. It’s something that we don’t do naturally. Relax, in sketching we can only improve. Even a little, it’s still a step forward. So keep in my mind your goal, and keep going. A friend of ...
Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art |TIP90

Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art |TIP90

For a student, buying the Wacom Cintiq is most of the time a dream. It’s so expensive. Let me tell you more about the alternative Wacom product I used to have. However, note that it seams to be tricky to find a retailer if you don’t live ...
The Wacom tablet I get cheaper than a Cintiq

The Wacom tablet I get cheaper than a Cintiq

Today is an update of the TIP 57  How to make your sketch stand out with a simple shadow. Where instead of 1 TIP,  I give you along the way 16 TIPS on How to draw a shoe - Adidas sneaker design. 00:04 I use a Bic ...
16 TIPS - How to draw an Adidas sneaker design

16 TIPS – How to draw an Adidas sneaker design

If you also like to do some pen shopping, you may have gathered a lot, and you may wonder how to choose. There is no ultimate perfect pen. It’s all about your own sensitivity and the effect you are looking for. David Philips, reader of the blog ...
Top 7 Sketching pens of the year !

Top 7 Sketching pens of the year !

I would like to create more “credible” concept art engines. For that, I need to study mechanical pieces having a basic understanding of the functions. That will be my “raw” material. To increase my creativity while I sketch Concept art engine, I feed my memory of forms ...
Study mechanical pieces for credible Concept art engines |TIP88

Study mechanical pieces for credible Concept art engines |TIP88

A great trick to make concept art engine more fascinating, is to give them a “soul”. How ? By giving them hands, eyes, head, skeleton, anything related to human or animals, your engine won’t be just a robot anymore. You give “him” the ability to think, and ...
Get inspired from human or animals to draw concept art |TIP87

Get inspired from human or animals to draw concept art |TIP87

Concept art, product design, car design, fashion design… all use this trick. It's essential when you present your initial sketches to your colleagues, friends or eventually clients to promote your best ideas (Such preliminary research are seldom presented to the clients – except if a top selection ...
Use a pop of colour to direct your audience eyes|TIP86

Use a pop of colour to direct your audience eyes|TIP86

When I sit on my desk and I start sketching, my fingers are quite stiff. The first sketches are often clumsy and it can be frustrating. However, after a bit of warm up, the lines get better, I feel more confident and I start focusing better. First ...
What is a "Happy accident"? |TIP85

What is a “Happy accident”? |TIP85

To get results faster, use reference pictures as much as you want. Sometime, your pride may stop you, somehow telling you that you are “cheating”. It’s a mistake. Tell yourself that you sketch in order to produce image and ideas. Sketching is not about memory performance (at ...
Sketch with reference pictures is not cheating (concept art) |TIP84

Sketch with reference pictures is not cheating (concept art) |TIP84

A fun exercice in Product Design is to draw a men and women version of a design. It’s a good way to be introduced into how to create a design language. You can look at your phone, your computer, your fridge, a bottle of water… and so ...
Male or female design ? |TIP83

Male or female design ? |TIP83

I made this video during the shoe design workshop I gave to my friends. You will see step by step how I draw a sneaker. You will also get an introduction to the basic vocabulary of shoe design. A- Start by drawing a last. When I first ...
How to draw a sneaker |TIP82

How to draw a sneaker |TIP82

I have friends who are big shoe lovers. They asked me to teach them how to draw shoes for lady and men. So we met at Starbuck for our own Design Sketching Workshop!  That was really fun, and super motivating ! Plus, we received some happy compliments ...
Shoe design workshop - Perseverance pays off | TIP81

Shoe design workshop – Perseverance pays off | TIP81

I like to do some “sketch hacking”. I take a technique somewhere to import and improve my Product Design sketching skills. It might be how designers create there own style anyway. But for me, I intend to provoke it, and make it continuously evolving. That’s something I ...
How I draw better product design - sketching dancers |TIP80

How I draw better product design – sketching dancers |TIP80

A complex object is the result of many simple things assembled together. With a minimum of gesture, you will be able to draw an infinity of things. I was preparing the sketching video tutorial content at Starbucks. But then, why not sharing with you a bit of ...
Draw with these 3 sketching line | Straight line, C- and S-Curve |TIP79

Draw with these 3 sketching line | Straight line, C- and S-Curve |TIP79

There is a good trick to find new ideas that artist and designers use in concept art, sci-fi movies, but also in product design. Ask yourself: ”What if”… It’s about making unexpected association where we can challenge the impossible and one self's imagination. For these doodles I ...
Ask yourself: “What if” to explore new ideas |TIP78

Ask yourself: “What if” to explore new ideas |TIP78

I accidentally spoiled one of my sketch with water. But it was actually a happy discovery ! Let’s make it our TIP of the Day ! I was drinking a  bottle of water I just took out from the fridge. Because of the water condensation, some drop ...
Paint with a Gel pen and water |TIP77

Paint with a Gel pen and water |TIP77

I have spent 2 days at Johor Bahru in Malaysia. One of the main street was under renovation using huge machines that I have never seen before. I came closer and I met Amp, the “pilot” of this engine. He kindly allowed me to take some pictures ...
Feed your memory of forms |TIP76

Feed your memory of forms |TIP76

Few weeks ago, I discovered the Urban sketchers work. I decided to do my own sketchwalk at Malacca for 2 days ! That’s how I came back home with more than 20 pages of sketches. I am a total beginner in watercolour. Few months ago, I talked ...
All the TIPS I learned about watercolours in 2 days at Malacca

All the TIPS I learned about watercolours in 2 days at Malacca

Take the term hacking as a positive idea. You want to promote yourself, not “selling yourself”. Once again, be yourself. I will share with you some tips on how to be confident and how to better promote yourself at the interview day. I actually learned most of ...
14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence

14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence

In the previous article I talked about turning your portfolio into your best marketing weapon. I also brought up the idea that a portfolio is made firstly to be your business partner, and only secondly to be aesthetically pleasing. Though your portfolio also shows off your personality, ...
9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview

9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview

People who are used to take the subway may spend 20, 30, 40 minutes inside per day. How many of us spend most of our time looking at the screen of the phone checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush. Today tip is about taking benefit of this ...
In the subway, don't look at your phone. Sketch! |TIP75

In the subway, don’t look at your phone. Sketch! |TIP75

Tonight, I was back at Tokyu Hands to buy the PILOT Parallel. And I end bringing back home 2 extra pens for Chinese calligraphy. (Impulsive buying) The nibs are actually small brushes. These days I challenge my pen pressure with different “tools”. It's quite interesting as I ...
Keep in mind to draw an eye as a sphere |TIP74

Keep in mind to draw an eye as a sphere |TIP74

Let’s draw a modern tea pot that actually looks like a bottle. From the side view, the body is symmetrical. The difficulty here is to draw the sides curves symmetrical. To do that. I recommend to start by drawing the symmetry axis first. This exercise could be ...
TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis

TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis

Today, I felt like a kid in a toy shop at Tokyu Hands. It’s a Japanese store that sell all kind of house ware, cosmetics, traveller, decoration, and hundreds of cool “useless stuff”. They have just opened, and I discovered a huge corner for pens and notebook ...
Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73

Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73

Drafting the content for the sketching video tutorial, I took a break and sketched some Concept art thumbnails. It was fun ! I would recommend to draw your thumbnails without taking much care of details. Ignore or simplify them. Focus on drawing the main shapes with fluid ...
Draw thumbnails skipping the details|TIP72

Draw thumbnails skipping the details|TIP72

The Ghost drawing is a simple but so powerful technique that will follow you all along your Design journey. It will give you confidence and accuracy. The ghost drawing is about simulating a movement before tracing it on paper. It’s a simple but essential technique to help ...
What is the Ghost drawing? | TIP 71

What is the Ghost drawing? | TIP 71

Last week-end, my girl friend organized a vintage pop-up store from her online shop Aulapinnoir.com at Arterial Cafe in Singapore. The theme was “A French Affair”. You would find some vintage calligraphy supplies from her shop among letters handwritten from 1905, Peugeot Pepper grinder and other rare ...
Draw with unexpected medium |TIP70

Draw with unexpected medium |TIP70

Going by the survey I just sent out to you guys, some of you are getting exciting interviews with design companies. I wish you all the best of luck! When looking for an internship or a job, art and design students tend to have a leg up ...
How to Turn your portfolio into a marketing weapon

How to Turn your portfolio into a marketing weapon

Last night I was bothered, because I couldn’t draw. I felt that whatever stroke I put on the canvas, It was not correct. It often happens when I try new techniques. It is a feel of frustration that used to make me give up easily. After going ...
Failing better |TIP69

Failing better |TIP69

This tutorial contains few tips. You will see how to change the colours at the step 9 of this tutorial. Today I still carry on the popular Japanese warriors: the Samurai mask. They was made to scare their opponents in the battle field. To express that, I ...
Photoshop > Change colour in a second! |TIP68

Photoshop > Change colour in a second! |TIP68

CHOUTAC CHUNG - Samurai Robot Last night, I was trying some brushes in Photoshop. I tried a brush that remind me the quality line of one of my pen, the Uni-Ball EYE, from Mitsubishi. The flow of ink applied on paper with this pen is constant whatever ...
How to activate Photoshop pen pressure |TIP67

How to activate Photoshop pen pressure |TIP67

It was about 4 am, I couldn’t sleep and I bumped on Chanqueen watercolour arts. I was enjoying looking at her sketches that bring some colourful lights in my head. Her artworks shows different scene of Hong Kong. I really like the way she mix colours and ...
Watercolours: Use blank surface at your advantage |TIP66

Watercolours: Use blank surface at your advantage |TIP66

I would like to share with you about THE URBAN SKETCHERS. I heard about them for the first time during my last trip in Penang in Malaysia. I unfortunately didn’t participate but now I know how. I was sketching a temple alone at the terrace of a ...
The urban sketchers

The urban sketchers

Today around the world sketch take place in Taipei, capital of Taiwan. An island located south of China and Japan. Walking in the streets, you could breath the mix of so many influences. What surprised me most was the atmosphere. It was quiet, peaceful yet fun and ...
When to draw with 1 or 2-point perspective? |TIP65

When to draw with 1 or 2-point perspective? |TIP65

I am the happy owner of a Cintiq 22HD Touch for 10 days already. I faced some problem that some of you may face as well. I share with you how I fixed them getting suitable furniture at Ikea. I started with a bit of difficulties to ...
The furniture I get at Ikea to install the Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The furniture I get at Ikea to install the Wacom Cintiq 22HD

Let’s look at some inspiration pictures of Milan. I quite like the repetition of pillars along the shops. To sketch these one with accuracy, I will start by showing you a simple and very useful trick. I remember the day my teacher show me that trick I ...
How to draw pillars in perspective ? |TIP64

How to draw pillars in perspective ? |TIP64

Last month I was in Penang, Malaysia. I took my sketchbook and sketched outside what I saw. This week I decide to try reaching the next level. Instead of reproducing the reality, I want to be able to create my own environment. I start to gather some ...
Do not skip your perspective lines |TIP63

Do not skip your perspective lines |TIP63

Today drawing is an organic dragon head. I was randomly doodling and get slowly absorbed into it. So I totally forgot to take intermediate screenshot to share with you guys. I’ll try to get some for future doodling. CHOU-TAC CHUNG – DRAGON ORGANIC HEAD When I started ...
Draw a dragon with the symmetry tool | Sketchbook pro |TIP62

Draw a dragon with the symmetry tool | Sketchbook pro |TIP62

Drawing with fluid lines will give life to your sketches. Sketching with fluid lines is an expression I especially like. I like to experiment it in different field such as drawing people, products, concept art and so on. I don’t give much boundaries to myself. There is ...
Sketch with fluid lines |TIP61

Sketch with fluid lines |TIP61

These days I am looking at some pictures of Evangelion. I am quite sensitive to this mix of organic and machines. So I started something trying to keep it simple. TIP 60 Photoshop > Start working with a huge canvas On Photoshop, it’s ideal to work with ...
Photoshop > Start sketching with a big canvas |TIP60

Photoshop > Start sketching with a big canvas |TIP60

This article is not a review trying to give a mark to the product. It’s just a share about my first impression and real experience. You will see the plus and minus I met as a Cintiq new user. 22HD or 24HD ? Two different format. XL ...
First day with a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch

First day with a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch

I have just acquired a new Wacom Cintiq 22 HD tablet. I though I would get used to it quickly, I was wrong. It took me few hours to get some results. I remember my first tablet. It was a Wacom Graphire 2. It has the colourful ...
Just started with a digital tablet? Don't panic |TIP59

Just started with a digital tablet? Don’t panic |TIP59

Today a quick tutorial on how to make a head. TIP 58 Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine. Start by a circle and a symmetry axis to roughly visualise the head. Draw roughly the chin to give a general preview. Place the different elements of ...
Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine |TIP58

Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine |TIP58

A 6 minutes video of a Sneaker sketch. CHOU-TAC CHUNG – ADIDAS SNEAKER CRAMPONS ( I twisted the original blue color on Photoshop) TIP 57 Make your object levitate adding a distant shadow on the ground. I learned this simple and so cool trick from an inspirational ...
How to make your sketch stand out with a simple shadow |TIP57

How to make your sketch stand out with a simple shadow |TIP57

Following the article about the Book written by Chris Lefteri, Manufacturing techniques for Product Design, I would like to precise an essential notion that any aspiring designer needs to know. “To me, a great designer loves people. This is where he takes his inspiration from.” This is ...
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs

Let me share with you guys a book I bought a couple of years ago. It’s about Manufacturing for product designer. MAKING IT, from Chris Lefteri. Chris Lefteri made this book to be approachable for students and to whom want to get a solid base without going ...
Making it Manufacturing techniques for Product design

Making it Manufacturing techniques for Product design

Bigger are our drawings, bigger our mistakes appear! I know how we feel at start. We are not used at drawing big, and we are not confident at doing it. So we get naturally scared. We feel that a small sketch got better chance to looks good ...
Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56

Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56

Remember to set up in HD ! An extra video of an Adidas sketch I did at Georges White Coffee at Penang Island in Malaysia. If you have already read [the Designer Starter Kit], you may notice how often I turn the paper. It almost occurs at ...
3min video sketching an Adidas wedge

3min video sketching an Adidas wedge

It was 2pm. I was looking for a nice spot to sketch. So I decided to go to the Jetty for the awesome view of the sea. However I underestimated the sun of Penang. I was walking toward the famous jetty under 30°C. The sun was above ...
Get a nice Urban sketching spot at the right time |TIP55

Get a nice Urban sketching spot at the right time |TIP55

Do you know that drawing is also about motivation management? I recommend to do not go into details too early. It is tempting but you need to resist. Work first on the main settings and make sure they are good enough to carry on. I rather do ...
Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes |TIP54

Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes |TIP54

I was sketching some buildings of Penang, A family stopped by and congratulate me on that drawing. It is always touching. Then a local men whose name is Joo, sat beside me. He asked me for how many years do I draw such illustrations. I told him ...
Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements! |TIP53

Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements! |TIP53

HAPPY DIPAVALI ! Today is the day of light in India. I am now in Penang, Malaysia where the Indian community is quite huge here. Despite of the rain we expect great festivities and an awesome fireworks side the sea tonight. 🙂 TIP#52 LOOK AT PEOPLE YOU ...
Look at people you draw, don't be shy |TIP52

Look at people you draw, don’t be shy |TIP52

I was chilling at Georges Town White Coffee. A beautiful Coffee built in a 100 years old house at Penang, Malaysia. That city is one of the Unesco World heritage site. I hoped that place would have good vibes for inspiration. These are my first video I ...
2min Two video SKETCHING Y-3 ADIDAS Sneakers

2min Two video SKETCHING Y-3 ADIDAS Sneakers

I started to take a bad habit. Looking ay my phone or Ipad when I get bored. And it happens multiple time in a day. Beside that, I am also part of people who think that kids today shouldn’t play at Angry bird, but instead playing marbles ...
Never get bored for 1$ |TIP51

Never get bored for 1$ |TIP51

This is an essential skill that a designer need to train. If you want to be able to draw things fast and create from your own imagination, think in 3D. Decompose what you see in basic shapes and volumes such as circle, ellipse, sphere, cube, cylinder, cone ...
Train your 3D vision seeing anything in transparency |TIP50

Train your 3D vision seeing anything in transparency |TIP50

When you start drawing, your are often more focused on making a beautiful picture than getting a great idea. There is nothing much wrong about it as an artist. But let’s look at a Designer’s daily life. A designer has to allocate most of his time into ...
Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art |TIP49

Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art |TIP49

During my first year of Design school, we had a quite particular class: Nude model sketch. I was browsing Instagram pictures. And I noticed the pictures of Suicide girls MX*. Girls from Mexico loving tatoos and who are just beautiful with a Polaroid feel. That's how I ...
Sketch sensual body postures with the minimum of lines |TIP48

Sketch sensual body postures with the minimum of lines |TIP48

Before going to sleep, I doodled a bit without much thinking. I guess I was starting dreaming. TIP #47 Doodle randomly to explore new shapes Little by little, some shapes appeared quite interesting to me. I developed it and end with a bird creature. It is It ...
Make random doodle to explore new shapes |TIP47

Make random doodle to explore new shapes |TIP47

I am following the sneaker magazine ConceptKicks since I am student. A bit of story: This site showcases some student and professional designer artwork in the sneaker industry. It inspired me a lot, and kept me motivated when I was student. I dreamt to be as good ...
Take great inspiration from catwalks |TIP46

Take great inspiration from catwalks |TIP46

TIP #45 Have FUN when you draw !! CHOUTAC CHUNG – THE MINION INVADERS All started with some random circles. I was wondering what to draw, and suddenly, some Minions head pop up from these circles in my mind ! That was irresistible.  So I sketched them ...
Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions! | TIP45

Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions! | TIP45

TIP #44 When aN idea pop up, Don’t wait for getting the whole picture. make SOME rough sketch, and carry on from there. Chou-Tac Chung - Strong bagpack, 2014 Chou-Tac Chung – Soft bagpack, 2014 In other words, don’t use your brain to store your ideas. Free ...
Quick idea, quick sketch, deep research |TIP44

Quick idea, quick sketch, deep research |TIP44

Learning how to draw seams to be already quite tough. Then we should learn without erasing and correcting ? Why ?As a beginner, you start learning with basic shapes. And these shapes such as a simple straight line and a circle are the best way to train ...
No rubber to learn faster |TIP43

No rubber to learn faster |TIP43

Thanks Adrien W. for telling me about Darren Quach. He’s an amazing concept artist. I found his Instagram account: dqsketches and his work really inspired me. I remember at school, with some classmates we already used to start drawing some robots. There is quite a while I ...
To improve fast, get inspired from others |TIP41

To improve fast, get inspired from others |TIP41

LASALLE – SINGAPORE First off, I’d recommend that you visit multiple schools and make sure you learn their general philosophy and approach to design. If their philosophy doesn’t jive with yours, cross the school off your list. Visit the next one. Try to avoid naïveté: double check ...
Q: How do I know if a design school is good?

Q: How do I know if a design school is good?

Take your surrounding as Color inspiration   To choose a color combination is not that easy. However, here is a simple trick that the fashion industry commonly use. You can apply it to choose the marker colors combination for your sketches. It’s actually quite simple. It just ...
Be “color inspired” from your surrounding

Be “color inspired” from your surrounding

TIP #40 Test your marker combination - Side by side and superposed. If it looks nice, go ahead ! Chou-Tac Chung – Color combination test What’s your favourite combination of colors ? Share with us ! ...
Test your marker colour combination |TIP40

Test your marker colour combination |TIP40

I realized that Basic essentials is what people need the most. How about I publish more articles and TIPS for beginners ? TIP#39 to make a perfect round circle, do not rest your elbow on the table SPHERE TRIMMING Today, we’ll just talk about circle. Ellipses will ...
To make a perfect circle, check your elbow |TIP39

To make a perfect circle, check your elbow |TIP39

How to Start a Portfolio Most schools will ask you for a portfolio in order to see some of your previous work. But not everyone has a chance to be well informed about the intricacies design school applications, and maybe you don’t even know what a portfolio ...
Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?

Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?

Disclaimer: Some private school may try to impress you with the latest technologies and software while the school may be an empty shell of design knowledge. If you hesitate to join a design school like I did, and you do not dare to apply thinking you are ...
The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school

The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school

Villy da’Locca saw the TIP OF THE DAY on the blog Facebook Page, and he decided to apply that TIP, NOW. That’s the best way to learn efficiently how to draw. You memorise and make useful the knowledge you’ve just learned. Otherwise, the human brain might unfortunately ...
How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38

How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38

There is plenty of drawings software and apps I like. But the one I use for years is Sketchbook Pro. In term of drawing, that software is a lot better than Photoshop. I enjoyed the dynamics and natural lines that Sketchbook Pro provide. It's a very light ...
What is the best drawing software now?

What is the best drawing software now?

I don’t have internet yet in my new apartment. So I went to a Hong Kong style cafe nearby where they offer free wi-fi until 2 am. The cafe had some magazines. I took one and get some inspiration in the fashion photo shoot pages. My favourites ...
How to draw a fashion model in motion |TIP35-36

How to draw a fashion model in motion |TIP35-36

Thank you Renata for your comment at theDesignSketchbook Facebook page. It helped me to clarify even more my point of view. In the article about “I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?” I said that “Practice Practice Practice” is ...
The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire

The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire

"Practice practice practice" is overrated. It's truly important, but that's Not the main rule to success. Before that, you need Motivation, or your might end to Practice, practice, practice for a month only. 😛 Sander Gerinckx – Drawing child I met some students at Design school who ...
I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?

I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?

I found some drawing in my luggage from when I was watching RIO2 in the plane. I was looking for paper, so I started to draw on the first paper available, the Air Sickness Bag. I personally like animation. I believe that it helps me to give ...
Draw anything from any angle |TIP34

Draw anything from any angle |TIP34

Have you ever felled awkward to draw something when people are looking above your shoulder? It happens that a sketcher suddenly can’t draw anything. Trying to sketch new things, he’s paralysed and draw nothing; thinking that his sketch may be judged by people. TIP#33 No failure, no ...
Conquer your fear of failure |TIP33

Conquer your fear of failure |TIP33

Let me recommend some art books that I personally enjoy: the products of the publishing company Taschen. Taschen publishing started in the eighties as the brainchild of an 18-year-old comic shop owner, Benedikt Taschen. Since then, Taschen has become a staple of art books. Its publications cover ...
Taschen | Awesome design books

Taschen | Awesome design books

After sketching The Grand Budapest Hotel in the plane with a Twin Marker, I wanted to practice an other tool. I opened my pen case and pick up a mechanical pencil. That was not a common one, that one had a red lead inside. Greater croquis with a ...
Greater croquis with a color lead

Greater croquis with a color lead

I was taking the plane to Singapore for a 13 hours journey. Usually, I only take long distance flight at night. You can just fall asleep and wake up “fresh” ready to start a new day. But, that time round, the departure time was at noon. Fully ...
Be more creative thinking like Google |TIP30

Be more creative thinking like Google |TIP30

I dig in an old toolbox at my parents’ place. I found this door hinge. I took one of the most “intricate object” from the box. I actually liked it for its mechanism. So, I decided that it will be my sketching challenge of the day! TIP ...
When basics become instinct |TIP29

When basics become instinct |TIP29

Today is the third day I play with Bender, from Futurama with the K.S. Challenge. I was bored in the train, so I was doodling Angry Bender again. TIP 28 Doodle EASY Doodle with a loose hand, and the wrist being NOT in contact with the table/tablet ...
Doodle easy with bender |TIP28

Doodle easy with bender |TIP28

Street Fighter II x FuturamaI grew up playing Street Fighter. It was one of my favorite inspiration. Still having Bender in my mind, How about mixing them ?Capcom - Super Street Fighter II A friend told me that fan art artist usually spend time on learning how ...
HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27

HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27

  Just did a sketch from memory of Bender. Bender is the robot of the animation Futurama, from Matt Groening (The Simpsons). He’s popular for his angry mood. Forgetting his antenna on his head, I feel he looks like a gangster.   TIP 26 Get a Doodle ...
Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26

Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26

It takes about 4 hours to go to Annecy from Paris by TGV (300km/hour High speed train). The landscape displayed fast behind the windows. It’s beautiful, but it’s actually quite redundant. Getting bored, I took out my sketchbook, and doodled a bit. TIP 24 Never get bored ...
DOODLE ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE | TAKE NOTE FAST AND EASY | TIP 24 - 25

DOODLE ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE | TAKE NOTE FAST AND EASY | TIP 24 – 25

There is some days that we feel we can’t draw. You may still try, but your sketches are still not as good as usual. It may be too early morning, too late, too whatever, you won’t be able to know why. And you will give up. Some ...
WARM UP |TIP23

WARM UP |TIP23

I don’t remember when was the last time I draw some buildings in Paris. I went to the 1st floor of a Starbucks, and sat in one of their comfy chair. Then I draw what I saw from the window. TIP 22 Bring life to your drawing ...
ADD PEOPLE IN YOUR DRAWING |TIP22

ADD PEOPLE IN YOUR DRAWING |TIP22

When I saw the Samsung Note Pro 12.2, I couldn’t resist drawing something on it. The tablet carry a customized version of Sketchbook pro.* * That you can’t find on a Windows Surface 3 expo product. TIP 21 To get a tablet, Do not believe the specs ...
TO GET A DRAWING TABLET, DON'T BELIEVE THE SPECS |TIP21

TO GET A DRAWING TABLET, DON’T BELIEVE THE SPECS |TIP21

Chou-Tac Chung – Arachnid Creature, 2014 TIP 20 Make an impressive creature in a second Insert a small human silhouette as a scaling measure. Few pen strokes will do. The creature will appear giant like David and Goliath. Osmar Schindler – David and Goliath If you like ...
A TRICK TO MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE CREATURE IN A SECOND |TIP20

A TRICK TO MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE CREATURE IN A SECOND |TIP20

I am fascinated by the tool “Vertical Symmetry” of Sketchbook Pro. You draw a half, and the software trace the second half automatically in real time. Wondering what to draw today, I had in mind the insect pin board where butterflies and other beetles are perfectly displayed ...
Get inspired by nature |TIP19

Get inspired by nature |TIP19

Let’s study a BIC crystal cap. In a previous post, we saw how to make reflection on flat and transparent surfaces. Now, it’s about transparent volume. The degree of difficulty is a bit higher but still achievable by beginners. Chou-Tac Chung – Bic Crystal cap, 2014 STEP ...
HOW TO MAKE A TRANSPARENT OBJECT IN 3 STEPS | TIP18

HOW TO MAKE A TRANSPARENT OBJECT IN 3 STEPS | TIP18

TIP 17 Don’t be fool. Be happy. Filter the information which try to come in your brain. Decide what you want to see, hear, eat, feel. Focus on your own priorities instead of the one people try to make you believe in. You could keep your natural ...
DON’T BE FOOL. BE HAPPY |TIP17

DON’T BE FOOL. BE HAPPY |TIP17

Chilin at the airport, I made a stop at the IT store. I saw the latest Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch tablet - with a sensitive pen pressure feature . It really looks promising. Let’s have a closer look. Two birds one stone Why not sketching ...
Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Tablet Review

Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Tablet Review

Last night I took the plane from Saigon to Singapore. Landing around midnight, I stayed overnight at the airport chilling around. 19 hours of transit was in front of me. (4 hours more to go.) So I stopped at Mc Donald and slowly started the 10th sketch ...
Catch an instant of life drawing people in 4 steps | TIP15

Catch an instant of life drawing people in 4 steps | TIP15

I noticed the overhead electricity wires and high voltage power lines from my balcony. They are such in an organized mess. It looks complicated, so why not give it a try ! Chou-Tac Chung - High-voltage power lines, Saigon, 2014I guess that what attracted my attention is ...
PERFECT LINES WITH SKETCHBOOK PRO| GET INSPIRED LOOKING AROUND YOU |TIP 13 - 14

PERFECT LINES WITH SKETCHBOOK PRO| GET INSPIRED LOOKING AROUND YOU |TIP 13 – 14

Theories that explain how to draw the interaction between light and glass surfaces are complex, and can take a lot of time to fully explain. For now, we’ll approach things simply, using a method that takes advantage of shortcuts. The first shortcut is to treat all similar ...
How to make light reflection in 4 steps

How to make light reflection in 4 steps

A lady shoe is pretty hard to draw at start. I remember how much I struggled. I share with you 2 essentials tips about drawing lady shoe. Try them and feel free to let me know how it works. TIP 11 Draw a shoe ? Draw a ...
DRAW A SHOE ? DRAW A LAST | A LADY SHOE LAST AIM TO BE FEMININE, SEXY | TIP 11 - 12

DRAW A SHOE ? DRAW A LAST | A LADY SHOE LAST AIM TO BE FEMININE, SEXY | TIP 11 – 12

Yesterday I went to hospital for a body check-up in Saigon. I checked my hung, liver, stomach, blood, cholesterol, diabetes and so on... At the end the doctor said I am 100% healthy. Great, however a sudden little evil version of me appeared, telling me that I ...
DOODLE ENJOYING THE PRESENT MOMENT |TIP10

DOODLE ENJOYING THE PRESENT MOMENT |TIP10

Earphone is a great subject for sketching various forms. They could be organic or minimalist. Today is just a quick sketch of an earphone which got a flat wire. The plus is that you could easily customize or replace the wire color. Simple. Did you notice that ...
How to get a more sensitive pen with Sketchbook Pro? | MAKE YOUR SKETCH CHANGE THE WORLD | TIP 8 - 9

How to get a more sensitive pen with Sketchbook Pro? | MAKE YOUR SKETCH CHANGE THE WORLD | TIP 8 – 9

Being not satisfied of the previous “Sketch 5 | Concept diving mask”, I decided to sketch a new version of it. Before starting, I keep in mind the mistakes I mentioned in that previous post. Chung Chou-Tac – Concept diving mask, 2014 TIP 6 Sketch with keyboard ...
Sketch with keyboard shortcut | TIP 6 - 7

Sketch with keyboard shortcut | TIP 6 – 7

Even if I have spent quite some time on that sketch, I am not really fan of it. I was trying too hard hiding my mistakes by overloading it of details. I guess I blind myself and didn’t realize early enough that the sketch base was not ...
Set up a high resolution file with Sketchbook Pro |TIP5

Set up a high resolution file with Sketchbook Pro |TIP5

TIP 4 Assemble a body armour An armour can cover and hide a high percentage of the body. Visualize well the body below, it will help you to assemble that armour. You can leave a comment in the box below ...
How to assemble a women body armour |TIP4

How to assemble a women body armour |TIP4

Today I've just get a set of 30 twin markers. The brand is TOUCHLIIT. My friend gave me a warm recommendation of them. Let's try them! The sketches are done with the thick tip only. Unfortunately I didn't get the "Layout paper" for markers. Be aware that ...
DRY YOUR MARKER |TIP3

DRY YOUR MARKER |TIP3

At Cuc Gach Quan, Saigon - I discovered a mix modern and antique restaurant. The walls, props decoration has been preserved from decades. Bowls, spoon, wood chopsticks are authentic. You could see some cracks on the bowl edge, which was actually charming. Today generation loves to go ...
BE INSPIRED BY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES |TIP2

BE INSPIRED BY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES |TIP2

Last night I received a call. My friend told me that I should draw something that I am not used to. That it would be a great start for the “365 keep sketching challenge”. That night he was playing football. He asked me to join them to ...
SKETCH THE WORLD ! |TIP1

SKETCH THE WORLD ! |TIP1

Being a designer means spending your entire life learning from the things around you. Observe, analyze, and imagine as often as you can in order to better understand your environment. And above all, put your ideas down as sketches. Whether in snow, wind, or the middle of ...
LEARN 1 TIP A DAY WITH THE 365 KEEP SKETCHING CHALLENGE !

LEARN 1 TIP A DAY WITH THE 365 KEEP SKETCHING CHALLENGE !

A thorough understanding of perspective is indispensable for a solid foundation in drawing. Remember: Perspective is a highly effective tool for visual communication Perspective establishes a 3D image, representing volume in space by simulating the way a human eye sees. As with a camera, perspective can be ...
Use a killer perspective for your sketch

Use a killer perspective for your sketch

A designer needs to be good at visual communication in order to defend his ideas and convince his audience. Best presentation boards are the one which doesn’t needs the presence of anyone to give explanation. We want to be efficient, attracting and giving a path to people’s ...
How to get your sketches convince your audience

How to get your sketches convince your audience

It’s often said that the artist Michelangelo was a genius. If his art is so impressive, it’s because he had an artistic approach that was, above all, scientific and pragmatic. Michelangelo was fascinated by the study of anatomy. To draw a body, he didn’t sketch just the ...
“A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.”, Michelangelo

“A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.”, Michelangelo

Before beginning this tutorial, I suggest you to refer to “Be a pro at dot-to-dot mastering straight lines” HOW DO I DO 25 CM STRAIGHT LINES Turn the paper 45 to 60 degrees. Adjust it to your convenience. Before drawing the line, simulate the gesture just above ...
25cm straight lines without ruler

25cm straight lines without ruler

Remember, draw your lines in a clean way. Begin cleanly, and end cleanly. Meaning, try to keep even pressure and speed from beginning to end. Chou-Tac Chung – Hand sketch, 2008 HOw to get evenly spaced lines Count in your head steadily, like a metronome. For each ...
How do I draw good hatching?

How do I draw good hatching?

The straight line WITHOUT RULER It may seem easy to some people, and downright difficult to others. Nevertheless, try not to ignore its importance, because the straight line will be one of the basic skills that you must absolutely master. After this tutorial, at very least you’ll ...
How to draw straight lines (without ruler)

How to draw straight lines (without ruler)

A NIKE Tennis ware fashion illustration. Below is a quick tutorial of a Nike Tennis ware fashion illustration from sketching to Photoshop rendering in just 4 steps. All was done with a graphic tablet. From left to right: - 0 Final result - 1 Body movement - ...
4 Simple steps From sketching to Photoshop rendering

4 Simple steps From sketching to Photoshop rendering

A few days ago I was invited to the manga convention Manga Festival, which was hosted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.* * I’m living here for two months. The convention wasn’t huge, but it attracted lots of passionate people, including cosplayers of the same excellent caliber ...
“Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali

“Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali

I am completely a pen person. Bics, felt-tipped pens, markers, double-tipped pens, pens with nibs large and small; I have tried hundreds of different types and styles. I especially like to try out the test papers in stores. It’s a relaxing shopping venture. Like when I try ...
Tips you should know about the ballpoint pen

Tips you should know about the ballpoint pen

The properties of lines are the keystone of a designer’s style. For example, you can find certain types of lines that are more likely to be associated with architecture, product design, or fashion. This is, however, merely a generalization, because part the magic of art and design ...
How to draw lively lines ?

How to draw lively lines ?

Just like playing sports or the piano, when you’re drawing it’s essential to pay attention to the position of the body, especially the hands and fingers. Most people don’t realize it, but good posture allows you to draw faster, more precisely, and for longer periods of time ...
Are you drawing with a correct body posture ?

Are you drawing with a correct body posture ?