The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school

Disclaimer: Some private school may try to impress you with the latest technologies and software while the school may be an empty shell of design knowledge. If you hesitate to join a design school like I did, and you do not dare to apply thinking you are too weak, let me help you. You don’t…

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How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38

Villy da’Locca saw the TIP OF THE DAY on the blog Facebook Page, and he decided to apply that TIP, NOW. That’s the best way to learn efficiently how to draw. You memorise and make useful the knowledge you’ve just learned. Otherwise, the human brain might unfortunately soon forget. >> Villy, you rock ! 😉…

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What is the best drawing software now?

  There is plenty of drawings software and apps I like. But the one I use for years is Sketchbook Pro. In term of drawing, that software is a lot better than Photoshop. I enjoyed the dynamics and natural lines that Sketchbook Pro provide. It’s a very light software, so it doesn’t lagg. You can…

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Fashion cow boy drawing

How to draw a fashion model in motion |TIP35-36

I don’t have internet yet in my new apartment. So I went to a Hong Kong style cafe nearby where they offer free wi-fi until 2 am. The cafe had some magazines. I took one and get some inspiration in the fashion photoshoot pages. My favorites! I took my sketchbook, and I started to draw.…

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The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire

Thank you Renata for your comment at theDesignSketchbook Facebook page. It helped me to clarify even more my point of view. In the article about “I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?”  I said that “Practice Practice Practice” is overrated. My friend artist, Renata*  kindly reminded me…

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I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?

“Practice practice practice drawing” is overrated. It’s truly important, but that’s Not the only rule to success. Before that, you need Motivation and method, or you might end to Practice, practice, practice for a month without progressing fast. Practice as often as you can, but remember that you will need help to acquire skills. No…

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Draw anything from any angle |TIP34

I found some drawing in my luggage from when I was watching RIO2 in the plane. I was looking for paper, so I started to draw on the first paper available, the Air Sickness Bag. I personally like animation. I believe that it helps me to give motion to my drawing lines, but also having…

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Conquer your fear of failure|TIP33

Have you ever felled awkward to draw something when people are looking above your shoulder? It happens that a sketcher suddenly can’t draw anything. Trying to sketch new things, he’s paralysed and draw nothing; thinking that his sketch may be judged by people. TIP#33 No failure, no progress When you meet a difficulty, face it.…

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Taschen design books - Chairs and Design

Taschen Icons | Best design books for students

Let me recommend some art books that I personally enjoy: the products of the publishing company Taschen. Taschen publishing started in the eighties as the brainchild of an 18-year-old comic shop owner, Benedikt Taschen. Since then, Taschen has become a staple of art books. Its publications cover painting, sculpture, photography, and fashion alongside, of course,…

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Greater croquis with a color lead

After sketching The Grand Budapest Hotel in the plane with a Twin Marker, I wanted to practice an other tool. I opened my pen case and pick up a mechanical pencil. That was not a common one, that one had a red lead inside. Greater croquis with a color lead Color leads naturally give some nice…

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How to be more creative thinking like Google|TIP30

I was taking the plane to Singapore for a 13 hours journey. Usually, I only take long distance flight at night. You can just fall asleep and wake up “fresh” ready to start a new day. But, that time round, the departure time was at noon. Fully awake, guess what I did to get busy…

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When basics become instinct |TIP29

  I dig in an old toolbox at my parents’ place. I found this door hinge. I took one of the most “intricate object” from the box. I actually liked it for its mechanism. So, I decided that it will be my sketching challenge of the day! TIP 29 basics will become instinct Train yourself…

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Doodle easy with bender |TIP28

Today is the third day I play with Bender, from Futurama with the K.S. Challenge. I was bored in the train, so I was doodling Angry Bender again. TIP 28 Doodle EASY Doodle with a loose hand, and the wrist being NOT in contact with the table/tablet. You might not be accurate, especially at start.…

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HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27

Street Fighter II x FuturamaI grew up playing Street Fighter. It was one of my favorite inspiration. Still having Bender in my mind, How about mixing them ? Capcom – Super Street Fighter II A friend told me that fan art artist usually spend time on learning how to draw their favorite characters. Some become…

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Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26

  Just did a sketch from memory of Bender. Bender is the robot of the animation Futurama, from Matt Groening (The Simpsons). He’s popular for his angry mood. Forgetting his antenna on his head, I feel he looks like a gangster.   TIP 26 Get a Doodle sketchbook Use a cheap recycle paper to draw…

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