15 TIPS | Draw Confident Lines like a “Designer Rockstar”!

  • Do you feel your sketches look flat, boring, and have no personality? : /
  • Do you feel you stagnate?
  • Do you want to make your sketches more exciting?

You might need to level up your quality of lines.
Surprisingly, what I teach my students of Sketch Like The Pros,
is ultimately not looking for the perfect lines.

Why?
Because perfect lines tend to be cold, and emotionless.
While I want you to sketch with dynamism and surprise!

With these 15 sketching tips,
your sketches will gain in personality, charism, and Wow!


  • 00:00 Examples of Dynamic Sketching Style
  • 00:13 TIP 1 Skip perfection
  • 00:55 TIP 2 Draw beyond!
  • 01:28 TIP 3 Vary your line style!
  • 02:07 TIP 4 Draw confident like a Rockstar!
  • 02:55 TIP 5 Express emotions!
  • 03:28 TIP 6 Study your sketching basics first
  • 04:34 TIP 7 Set your drawing strategy
  • 04:54 TIP 8 Draw neat hatching
  • 05:11 TIP 9 Explore more!
  • 07 :32 TIP 10 Distort the forms
  • 07:58 TIP 11 Draw from multiple angles
  • 08:11 Download the Designer Starter Kit (Cubes in perspective)
  • 08:47 TIP 12 Make your form aerodynamic!
  • 09:17 TIP 13 The “Pizza dough technique”
  • 10:20 TIP 14 The “Spring technique” (or pigtail)
  • 11:39 TIP 15 “Magnetic paper”

Today, we see 15 TIPS to Draw with Rockstar Designer lines!

You can apply these Tips for (See slide show below)
Concept Art, Product Design, Food Design, Shoe Design, Character Design, but also Architecture.

Concept art sketching
How to draw like a Concept artist | BIKE TECH
Product design sketching
24 Tips to Boost your ID Sketches! (Industrial Design)
Food design
How to Draw Japanese Skewers in 5 steps! | FOOD DESIGN
Shoe design
Nike shoe “Manga Octopus Concept” for NFT
Character design
Sketching Tips with Harley Quinn! (Photoshop)
Architecture design
Paris buildings and architecture
(Drawing on my digital tablet from Starbucks coffee)

Tip 1 Skip Perfection

For this first cylinder (left),
I try to make things right.
I try to make things good.

That is pretty static.
Nothing wrong with it.

What if I tell you we can do better?

  • For cylinder one on the right,
  • I try to extend my lines.
  • I try to extend the contour lines and exaggerate them.
  • I add line weights
  • and I don’t hesitate also to curve, to bend some lines as well to give more dynamics
  • and I’ve even tilted a bit the perspective as well.

Can you see the difference between the left and the right?
Which one looks more attractive?

The one on the right is definitely more dynamic
and this is how you can bend your style.


Tip 2 Draw beyond

When you connect the dot from a to z, it looks good.

But what if you can draw more than z?
So your second dot goes beyond and you get a more dynamic style.

For example for this GoPro is a sporty product
that is not supposed to be in motion.

I draw it in motion and exaggerate going beyond the lines!

It’s perfect for the construction lines
and then readjusting the lines of the product.


Tip 3 Vary your line style

You are going to get a “Palette of line style”.

From very static to something that will be more expressive.

This is from this line palette you can pick from
whenever you need them
– depending on what type of project you have, in which phase you are.

So you can see here the third one is going to be wilder I would say

So the first one is more controlled
and for the third one
is when you’re going to look for expression.

Your lines will get a lot more loose.


Tip 4 Draw confident like a RockStar!

After the third dynamic line style,
you have even a fourth style that is wilder

It gives you a style like a signature.

Imagine that you are signing.

I do recommend you try some of your signatures before practicing this cube.

Can you see here “CHOUCHOU”? (Near the rockstar drawing)

I’m signing.

Can you see the “CHOUCHOU” at number 1?

It is more controlled.
It’s like when I study at school, like middle school.

I try to be a “Good boy” to try to learn the alphabet,
and the expressions in my lines are absent.

Like a Rockstar, imagine you sign autographs!
After mastering how to write when you were young,
you learn how to bring emotion to your music and your signature!


Tip 5 Express emotions

Steps number three and four are about expressing your ideas with emotion.

As well as sketching, or talking, or singing
emotion is important whenever you’re communicating visually.

NOTE:
The number three is actually my best proposal, my best style on the palette to communicate my ideas.








Tip 6 Study your sketching basics first

  • Draw the top surface by projecting downwards
  • Complete it by drawing the bottom corner
  • Draw the invisible lines (imagine that the cube is transparent)
  • Add some line weight. Visualize a “shadow corner”.
    This side of the cube is opposite the light source.

Can you see how it pops up more?

  • Redraw the cube widely.
  • TIP: Your palm doesn’t touch the paper or your table.
    Try to draw very freely and keep drawing more
  • Explore!
  • “Fail, Redo and Win”
    Draw as many as you can.
  • Try different angles.
    It will train your 3D vision much faster.
  • The signature style helps you to
    make more study attempts in the shortest time.

Tip 7 Set your strategy

Try to identify different ways to draw the cubes.

  • Here are the top surface “A”, and bottom surface “B”.
  • I connect them.
  • That’s one of the ways we can draw a cube.
  • There are many more ways to draw.
    To discover them, you need to try them!

Tip 8 Neat hatching

Even if it’s a signature style,
I want to have neat hatching.

It gives something more solid for the overalls and you can better clarify your ideas.


Tip 9 Explore more

You will never be tired
to explore more and more with these techniques.

It goes super fast to try a lot of proposals.

Try different formats, different lengths, different thicknesses, and different ways to add your contour lines.

Go super wild,
and you can redraw multiple times.

If you fail, redo again.

Try to be wilder and wilder.

Remember,
You have to study the cube BEFORE.
Then you can activate the sensation of drawing fast.

It will kind of become intuitive

It’s really fun to draw
surface A, then surface B and I simply connect them.

Here I try with a corner to start with the corner as it looks like a Y.

Can you see that sketching is not looking for perfection?

So a strategy of the layers and strategy with the Y corner.

Practice both solutions is pretty cool


Tip 10 Distort your forms

  • Don’t hesitate to maltreat your lines.
  • Start distorting the reality.
  • You can elongate some of the lines
  • You can curve them as well.

Tip 11 Draw multiple angles

Can you see the line style here?
It’s super fast.

When you train with simple cubes first in perspective,
you will better see things.

We cover that in the Designer Starter Kit
you can download on the blog.

Learning the basics of perspective,
soon you will be able to draw all that freehand, and with confidence.

Pretty cool right?

This is why it’s super nice to be able to draw in three dimensions.

Because you can visualize things in your head
and draw them on paper.


TIP 12 Aerodynamic style

Imagine a lot of wind!
The left sketch is boring. But you want it to be dynamic!
Imagine a high flow of energy, of the pressure of the wind.

Let it go!


Tip 13 The “Pizza dough” technique

See the ball of pizza dough?

I’m trying to slowly extend it till it becomes elongated.

That product feels soft.

It is something we could mold.

  • I start drawing two forms,
  • Then I connect them.
  • Do you see in between?
    It is like stretching.

That feeling of stretching is something that you can use in your designs.


Tip 14 The “Spring technique”

Can you see here the spring?

It’s like ice cream.
Like Italian ice cream.

Try this Spring technique. It is very fun to use!

I’m adding more definition to it.
Can you see the volume that is formed?
What is cool is you can draw it from multiple angles.

It’s like a pigtail!

I’m drawing in different directions.

  • One is going backward
  • One is going toward us as a viewer
  • I add some arrows
  • and also some hatching inside that helps
    to better comprehend the product, the form.

I share also on the blog a variation of this technique using cylindrical forms.

Let’s practice something cool below.
I draw a sphere and I add a lot of spring all around.

  • Step 1: Draw a circle
  • Step 2: Add a spring on top
  • Step 3: Complete the volume all around
  • Step 4: Fill the gaps with tiny pig tails
  • Step 5: Add arrows to show the directions

Try it!

It’s one of the favorite techniques of my students (of Sketch Like The Pros)


Tip 15 “Magnetic Paper”

  • When you draw, don’t lift your tip.
  • Draw freely with a loose hand.

The nib doesn’t always lift.
It’s quite fun to let it go.

It’s kind of pretty abstract.
This is going to be like a signature style.


  • I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to tell me in the comment.
  • Subscribe to the Youtube channel to see more tips on the blog.
  • And also try to practice every day!

By Chou-Tac

Hello! 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 is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : ) Chou-Tac

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