A simple trick for Amor Jiménez to draw his sneaker more real (Feedbacks) / TIP 229

Sneaker drawn by Amor Jiménez // Loveworks_design

Hello Design Sketchers !

Last year I met Amor Jiménez in Madrid. 🙂
I met him in real while eating croquetas in his home country !

We were sketching on the coffee shop table with Antonio and Pedro Luis. We all have in common the passion for design and Sneaker sketching too.

They asked me if I could make a skethching live demo about How to draw sneakers in perspective. I was glad to respond yes, and we decided to record the full video for you !

It was a great experience.

Since, I decided to create a step-by-step SNEAKER SKETCHING COURSE to cover the topic in depth. I want you to succeed, enjoy sketching with confidence without struggling like I did – even if you start as a real beginner.

If you are interested in joining the Sneaker design project,
I invite you to take an extra few minutes to answer the Footwear design course survey.

I saw a sketch from Amor Jiménez on his Instagram.
I noticed a common mistakes I did a lot myself
when I started sketching footwear when I was student.

Sneaker drawn by Amor Jiménez // Loveworks_design

Amor Jiménez sneaker design – Loveworks_design

I call this common mistake: the “FLAT 2D SHOE”.

It is when the sketch of the shoe is lacking of volume,
or realism (even with colour rendering).

The "FLAT 2D SHOE" common mistake

The “FLAT 2D SHOE” common mistake

 IN RED: The lines doesn’t go out of the sneaker contour. It Looks flat.
IN GREEN: I draw the sneaker “treating” each component as an individual piece.

A simple trick to draw your sneaker more real TIP 229

TIP 229 : Make sure to treat each piece of the shoe as an individual and physical component.

Nowadays, I see many beginners doing this same mistake as well.
The good news is it is very easy to solve !

It is just that for this type of mistakes, without any feedback we don’t see them until somebody point them ! It may take years to realise…

As a beginner, you focus on the drawing, the lines,
your vision is in 2D. Flat on paper.

However, as a designer, you got to:

  • think the sneaker with a 3D feel
  • assemble the material that is made to cover the foot.
  • feel the thickness of each component
  • the way the sneaker will react while in movement

When we draw, what matter most is not the drawing.
What matter most is Observation: the way you brain treats the information.


Morning sketch : Adidas sneaker I made with Mischief

These points above are among the topic I will cover more in depth in the Sneaker sketching course. If you are interested in joining the project, please help me creating it by answering the survey !

Stay tuned !


PS: You can see more of Antonio Jiménez’s work at his online portfolio.

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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 [email protected] : )

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