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

Taking a train, waiting for a date or even trying to sleep, kill your time at doodling.
You will discover many opportunities to draw and naturally improve with no much effort.

Drawing from a high speed train is actually quite challenging. Everything goes fast. The closest houses show up only for few seconds. It’s a great exercise to train your memory.

When I look at each doodle, the real picture flashed back into my mind.

TIP 25 Take note fast and easy

Doodling is a great way to take note. Some notes that may not make sense to people. But for you, it’s different. It will reactivate your memory. Even a clumsy doodle is enough for your brain to connect your brain to that specific object, painting, sculpture.

Along the way, I saw many design of lamp post. I guess you can roughly put the date on when was the last time the urban furniture has been updated.

Similar to the Sketch 9, Power-lines, the railways are full of these. There is a great mix of old and modernity that fascinate me. I may draw some more soon.

That’s all for today. Don’t hesitate to share your opinion.
Drop a comment in the box below.

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Hello ! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a product designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at [email protected] : )


  • Laura

    Reply Reply April 14, 2016

    Chou, thank you very much.

    This has been no less than enlighting. 🙂 really.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hello Laura,

      Fast doodling is very useful at school when you need to take notes – and the teacher goes fast in explanation :).

      It’s also useful when you take personal notes and observation when you go a museum also – looking at paintings and sculptures.


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