Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | VIDEO

TIP 153 How to sharpen your sense of proportion - The design sketchbook - product and industrial design sketching

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:

  1. How to draw straight lines
  2. How to draw perfect squares
  3. How to draw awesome circles
  4. Let’s now look at How to sharpen your sense of proportion with that easy trick of division.

How to sharpen your sense of division

Video tutorial in pictures below

How to sharpen your sense of proportion - Industrial design sketching
To obtain quick and fast proportion, take the good habit of dividing things by half. It is much more efficient and accurate than guessing by incrementation (in pink).

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Doing so, you will rise your sketching speed. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not about tracing your lines faster, but reducing your time of thinking process. With this technique, you get instantaneous result. Some more, you won’t need any ruler.

How to sharpen your sense of proportion - Industrial design sketching - Symmetrical
Most of the things on earth are symmetrical. So this technique get really powerful to estimate proportions.

Take your pen and some paper, and trace your lines and division. Try to rise your speed along the way until it become natural to you. Then, wherever you are, observe the things that surround you, and have fun at visually dividing them in equal part.

Hope it helps, if yes, felet me know in the comments !

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

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