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


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 a bit clumsy at start. If you are right handed, the left curve may end a bit flat. Vice versa if you are left handed. It’s simply because of our own restriction of body movement.

I love these korean pen – Monami

Usually I would say: turn the paper and you will draw much easier your curves. However here, if you turn your paper, your brain might be disconnected of the symmetry axis of reference. So, keep your paper and your symmetry axis vertical, and practice drawing both sides of the tea bottle curves. I bet that it will be a bit irritating at start, but your hand will learn new movements !

The trick is to anticipate each angle before tracing your curves. If your lines are not correct, redraw on top of it to readjust them. Remember to use the Ghost Drawing !

Note that for quick sketches, both curves don’t have to be 100% symmetrical. But you need to have fluid lines. Follow your feel to make nice curves. Your brain need to think: Sleek and pure. You’ll be surprised to see how your lines will be influenced by these kind of thinking. (especially for products made of glass, metal, porcelain…) By practicing you’ll get naturally more and more accurate. This trick works for a glass, a pen, a pipe, a flower pot, a hat… If you master this trick, you can already draw a lot of things already! (side view only)

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See you for the next Tip of the day !

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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.


  • Yme Wytse

    Reply Reply March 17, 2016

    Keep up the tips and tricks! I am a student industrial product design, and your sketching tips help me a lot and give me inspiration.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply March 17, 2016

      Thanks Yme !

      I am glad if I can help :).


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