To improve fast, get inspired from others |TIP41



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 didn’t do any and felt rusty.
So, let’s the game begins ! 

CHUNG CHOUTAC- CONCEPT ENGINE, 2014 (I have twisted the color to black ink on Photoshop)

A phone is quite small, however it’s still very convenient.

I was wondering how to start that drawing. Instead of copying Darren Quach details, I brainstormed a bit. Machine are made of cables, motors, shock absorber, weapons. Then I suddenly saw my pen cap. It actually looks a piece of a mechanical aeration system. So I started with that detail. The rest followed along the way.


Look at the upper part of the machine. It has been drawn with cleaner lines than the rest. Why ?
When I started, I tried to draw how I often sketch a product. Clean. Darren Quach style is about Concept art. So I stopped, and looked at his work closer. There is this kind of dirty and dark randomness within the intricacies of the engines that make his style so cool. There is a mix of old and modern in the same time. I tried to absorbed the feel, and I carry on.

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To improve fast, get inspired from others

Don’t get me wrong, to get inspired from others doesn’t mean “copy and paste”. My aim is to extract that feel of freedom this sketching style offer. Then, I try to retransmit it on paper through my own sensitivity. Believe me it’s challenging, but I took so much fun doing it!

If you are beginner, there is nothing wrong to copy and paste other people drawing. I even recommend it. It’s an excellent exercise for you to train your drawing skills. I did that thousand time, and I still doing it for fun. Having a great skill at copying what you see is precious, but it shouldn’t be your ultimate goal. Instead, it should be drawing what you have in your own mind. This is how you can create and bring something new to the world.

That’s all for today.

I personally like Wall-E.

A cuter example of modern-old robot.

What’s your favorite robot ?
Star wars, Transformers, Terminator, Gundam ? Tell us!

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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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    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Very nice what is the result from this “Quach’s inspiration” or start to do your nice drawing. !!! Any way to learn we should copy at first, copy THE Masters, like da Vinci, Durand, etc just to learn how & why.
    I don’t think that 100% invetion exists, we can always do in pour ways creatively, but in one point or another it could look like the work of some other artis in the same style…
    I like also Wall-E. Because I like animation moves
    bye bye
    have fun, so we will have also!

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