Do you make this sketching mistake (with your posture)?

Today I wanna share with you a common body posture mistake that may damage your sketching progress for a long if you are not aware of it.
It’s a very simple thing, but worth adjusting if you are concerned.


I have received a video from Jasper who is a student of my course Sketch like the Pros.

He is facing some difficulties at drawing straight lines that tend to curve. So he asked me if I could help him to fix it.

Can you spot the mistake in Jasper’s video below?



Jasper’s shoulder is too high when he sketches.
That put him in an uncomfortable position where his elbow has restrictive freedom of movement. Whenever Jasper tries to draw a straight line, his full arm can’t move as he would.
Jasper body posture position for design sketching b.jpg

Rise your body posture with a higher chair. relax your shoulder so you can draw moving your elbow free.


If you do this mistake as well, you have to double-check your chair and table height. Your shoulder should be relaxed when you draw. Remember that to draw straight lines, you have to move your whole arm.

It’s a very simple thing that unfortunately affects a lot of beginners who are not aware of the importance of body posture. You can learn more about the correct sketching body posture in this article.

If you wanna go further and starting sketching with the right habits, I invite you to receive the Designer Starter Kit. 

Hope it helps!
PS: Thank you Jasper for accepting to share your video with other members and all readers of the Design Sketchbook blog! 🙂
About The Author


Hello! 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 is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : ) Chou-Tac

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