From sketching 3 Simple Forms to Product Design!

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Hey guys, I’m Chou-Tac.
So let’s see how to draw simple forms to products.

I’m going to show you in this video, one of the main principle of Product Design Sketching on how to create your own products from scratch.

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So today I’m discovering with you the software KRITA that you can download on the website for free www.kita.org.

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Alright, so let’s start.

So I was pretty curious about this software because of the brushes, which of… which are used by many artists. So let’s make a try right here. So for this product here, for this exercise right here I invite you to take a piece of paper and draw with me.

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So you’re going to do one ellipse, one circle, and one cube.

First steps in Perspective with the Designer Starter Kit

For the cube, if you don’t know how to draw them or you feel pretty hesitant on that you can get the Designer Starter Kit where I show you all the steps to draw them in a very simple way and to make your first step in perspective.

So you got the link here below this video.
So here we go. So what I’m doing here with the cube is to draw the Contour lines, which actually give a better perception of the volume.

Draw The Contour Lines

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They are very convenient and very essential for product designer to use the contour lines because it’s very fast to show the volume without spending ages to do the shadows on it. So you can already have a premice of your product.

Add Round Corners

And I like to round the corners because it gives you some more realism to it. And here what I do is I’m adding some extra Contour line for this elipse and circle to create some extra volumes on one second few second only.

Add Axis

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And here’s an axis to just to show like the X Y Z axis and I like to draw this little cross to better mention like what is in the front and what is on the back.

Visualise in Transparency

So, one of the rules also in product design is to draw in transparency as you can see, I imagine that these forms are actually transparent like made of glass.

Draw from General Shapes to Details

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Alright. So what I have done here is that I have started with the phase one which was Draw the main shape from the general shape, and then I’m drawing some details.

That’s a key principle in Product Design. You don’t start by drawing the details. You start by drawing the main forms which is here like very simple, very basics and then you go on the details. And always remember to follow the perspective.

Don’t draw Full Textures, but Partially

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And here is a trick is that for the textures, I like for the little dot as you can see is I’m not covering the whole surface of the little dots.

What I do is that I’ll just give a hint of them because in product design, sketching when you want to draw something is pretty convenient, actually that you just represent a bit of the texture – and then he’s actually meaning the overall of it. So it’s a partial pattern.

So here we go. If you have a full it is not recommended it’s fine but it’s not recommended and I better give just a hint of them. Your brain will actually recompose everything. Alright so it’s actually help you to better focus on the overall and that your eyes is not just putting this little little dot.

Take your Time on Details

Alright so let’s keep going so I quite like to as you can see is that more I go trought this sketch more I like to spend more time on the details it’s very fast to show the main form is actually taking a few seconds and after that the details just take your time.

As you can see here also some contour lines right here that actually helped me to solve to to understand to show is what is going in or outside of this hole of this sphere.

So it’s just like, quick doodling here. I haven’t do much of research on data I’ve been through like some thumbnails. I’m just drawing on… along the way I’m creating along the way.

Improvise Along the Way

Like from the start I didn’t really know what I’m going to do it just like an exercise to improvise. And to give you the habit that whenever like you start the sketch, don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

You just improvise along the way and your creativity actually will be will be built step by steps, and with a lot of, I would say intuitions, and lot of testing and this is pretty cool because you allow yourself to have a freedom of mind.

Feel the Freedom to Create Randomly

Freedom is like… visiting a city and taking a random way visiting the city without a map and this is what I love about traveling about recently. This is having is kind of fitting when I’m drawing right here.

It’s pretty much far fetched. But there is no rule there is no boundaries to creativity. And if you love this kind of randomness, this kind of discoveries, you you might love creating and sketching your ideas that come from nowhere, I would say.
So, give yourself the freedom to surprise yourself. All right.

Inspiration Comes From Anywhere

And along the way, you will see like you will input some details that actually may come from some images that you have deeper in your mind somewhere that you have seen maybe years ago, or maybe in the book or animation and so on. And this is how like when you draw once again, you just having fun and connect the different elements together and see what’s happened. Okay.

So all of these is pretty wonderful. Once again, this is why is powerful on this is that you need to start creating your own way start creating your own product with your own sensitivity.

That will help you to as a beginner to stop copying others but instead take inspiration from them and from different elements and once again to combine them together.
And the magic will happen. Okay.

Import Details you Saw From Real Life

Here’s a small tag. Actually I saw some mobile speakers having these kind of tags that remind textile like Fashion and somehow and I felt pretty cool and just adding here.
And this like more like very small details but is adding also some extra realism to the sketch.
So once again remember you have to go trough from general to details.
Always go into that way. The other way around is kept as an exception.

Here we go so here I’m trying to find some extension just thinking maybe having a screen behind. Just experimenting.

Doodle and Relax.

So it’s important that whenever you want to draw some ideas, don’t always look for the best sketches or the best piece of art just go on the flow. Just take it easy. Okay, you might see a lot of doodles of sketches in the web or internet or what but look for doodling and relax.

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BEFORE

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AFTER

Just have fun at sketching. Okay?

So you have some speaker doodle from simple form, and I invite you to go on The Design Sketchbook blog and get some more tutorials and some motivations articles as well to accompany you along your journey.

Alright, so you can see here the before and after of the simple forms to the product itself.
So remember to take a pen, do not hesitate to take some reference pictures on Google image for examples and have fun. Let’s draw!

Cheers,
Chou-Tac

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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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