Drawing people and sneakers at hospital

2 TIPS to improve your drawing skills (even if you are busy)


If you wonder how to improve your drawing skills, you may find great opportunities in all the “in-between moments” of your day.

It could be in transportation time in the bus or subway, waiting for the doctor, after your lunch you have a dozen of minutes before going back to work… you can improve looking at optimizing your drawing routine.


2PM: I went to the hospital to accompany my dad today.
His wrist has some microfracture since he fell yesterday from a stair. : /
The Doctor said it’s not very serious. But I know how for the next month it will handicap my dad for his daily routine. Anything, I will be here to support.

At the hospital, there was plenty of waiting time.
It was pretty easy to foresee these “downtime” though.

Drawing the cool Nike shoe Air Max the guy is wearing over there.

Luckily, I did plan to advance these moments to draw.
I took my bag and I was ready to draw on the go!


To increase your chances of sketching daily, pre-plan your bag.
Make it easy for you to get your sketching material ready anytime.

I discovered a writing pad recently in a pen store. And I find it amazingly useful and easy to carry.

  • From now, my writing board is always in my bag with my ballpoint pen.
    No matter I plan to draw or not that day.
    So if I need it, I know it’s with me. (This relation is similar to my phone somehow)
  • Some more, my bag has a special pocket to slot in a laptop or an iPad Pro for drawing. 🙂
  • You will always get ready to draw!
A great pocket for laptop or tablets. I use it to slot in my drawing pad.
I have the Xiaomi Bag 90 that is rainproof


  • If you are a student, don’t wait for your sketching class to draw.
    Take any pause time as an opportunity to draw: lunch, dinner, transportation, I know how we all have a busy life. But drawing is first about learning the right sketching techniques but also Practice a lot. (like how Edward Eyth, Concept artist for Marvel, Spielberg, Disney… mentioned)
  • Even if you could sketch only 15 minutes today, you did take that chance, and maybe learned, improved, or discovered something new!
  • Repeat all these insignificant moments, and you will boost significantly your level!

Drawing other people looking at their phones while waiting

NOTE: Exchange your phone for your pen

Most people reflex during waiting time is to scroll their phone screen on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok. But YOU ARE DIFFERENT,

You have a passion and you can improve anytime!
I mean you need to realize that drawing here at the hospital is a chance.

What if your passion was about playing guitar?
It wouldn’t be that easy to practice. Hehe.

As an artist or a designer (beginner or senior), we don’t need any phone, tablet to entertain our imagination. We can entertain ourselves with a simple piece of paper and a pen by drawing. 🙂

If you see these (boring) waiting moments as an opportunity to practice drawing, you will grab them with enthusiasm.

By the way, I made a tutorial to draw creative and new products easily, using the Happy-accident technique.

8PM: Just back home, I carry on drawing on my sketches. I add details, hatching for shadow. It is a relaxing time to continue at evening a drawing started during the day.

EXTRA TIP: Continue and refine your sketches at home. I’m chilling on my sofa.
(Love my new drawing Pad acquisition!)
Everyone wear a mask. It’s pretty difficult to see people’s face to draw these days.
Drawing a Nike sneaker (BTW, I made a shoe design tutorial here)

I want to show you how much you can twist your perspective on “time practice”. 
If drawing is your passion, make it a life priority like eating, breathing. 
​So you will find ways to fusion drawing with your daily life.

Remember to take care of your passion, your dreams.
As nobody else will do it for you.

To show you how we can sketch anytime, anywhere, here is a video I made in Japan studying and drawing products in store. 🙂

Found a great bag to draw!
Before I bought my drawing pad, I used books as sketching support.

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About The Author


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 choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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