24 Drawing Tips to raise your Product Design skills

Today, I would like to share with you how you can start drawing from a reference picture to create your own product design!

I started to search on Google pictures about tools and found out an interesting cordless grinder. I like its mechanical features.

I share with you a series of 24 sketching tips to improve your sketching skills!


I took my Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablet to draw with Sketchbook Pro. It is a very light soft with a nice pen tool by default. I invite you to make a try, it is free and easy to use. 🙂

When you draw, remember to set up a strategy to make it easy and logical all along the way for you.

There is no one single approach.

But the main rules to remember are:

  1. Draw light for your construction lines
  2. Draw loose without looking for perfection
  3. Draw from general to details (Main body form > handle > buttons > stickers and logo)
  4. Always visualize your perspective, even for details

Drawing TIP 1:
Take inspiration from existing products

Sketching TIP 1 Take inspiration from existing products

Drawing TIP 2:
Choose a wider angle of perspective

Sketching TIP 2 Choose a wider angle of perspective

Drawing TIP 3:
Draw the main sections

Sketching TIP 3 Draw the main sections

Drawing TIP 4:
Import existing details

Sketching TIP 4 Import existing details

Drawing TIP 5:
Sketch Roughly the shape of the focus point

Sketching TIP 5 Sketch Roughly the shape of the focus point

Drawing TIP 6:
Use construction lines to visualize better

Sketching TIP 6 Use construction lines to visualise better

Drawing TIP 7:
Always start with light lines

Sketching TIP 7 Always start with light lines

Drawing TIP 8:
Use bolder lines for the product itself

Sketching TIP 8 Use bolder lines for the product itself

Sketching TIP 9: Think about functions

Sketching TIP 9 Think about functions

Drawing TIP 10:
Draw a minimalist handle to see through it

Sketching TIP 10 Draw a minimalist handle to see throught it

Drawing TIP 11:
Make sure the handle follow the same perspective

Sketching TIP 11 Make sure the handle follow the same perspective

Drawing TIP 12:
Draw by ignoring the handle first

Sketching TIP 12 Draw like if the handle was not there

Drawing TIP 13
“Scult” removing or adding material

Sketching TIP 13 Scult removing or adding material

Drawing TIP 14:
Make sure details follow also the perspective of the main volume!

Sketching TIP 14 Make sure details follow also the perspective of the main volume

Drawing TIP 15:
Use hatching to block some areas

Sketching TIP 15 Use hatching to block some areas

Sketching TIP 16:
Add some writing to space up!

Sketching TIP 16 Add some writing to space up

Sketching TIP 17:
Think “inside” the box!

Sketching TIP 17 Think inside the box

Sketching TIP 18:
Experiment!

Sketching TIP 18 Experiment

Drawing TIP 19:
Think of the user’s needs

Sketching TIP 20 Take your time to refine and relax

Drawing TIP 20:
Take your time to refine and relax

Sketching TIP 20 Take your time to refine and relax

Drawing TIP 21:
No need to be perfect. But make sure the perspective is correct

Sketching TIP 21 No need to be perfect. But make sur the perspective is correct

Sketching TIP 22:
Add a logo using a frame.

Sketching TIP 22 Add a logo using a frame

Sketching TIP 23:
Add extra axis and circular curves for dynamism!

Sketching TIP 23 Add extra axis and circular curves for dynamism

Drawing TIP 24:
Add a quick shadow below

Sketching TIP 24 Add a quick shadow below

That’s it!

If you are a beginner in Design sketching and want to make your first steps in drawing, feel free to start with the Designer Starter Kit! for your first drawing lessons all step-by-step.

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About The Author

Chou-Tac

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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