How to Draw a Plug Easy
(with the Block Sketching Technique) Today, we draw a plug design by APPLE.
And you learn the Block Sketching Technique. Study it and ...
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block in perspective to sketch of a plug easy
No matter how good you are in drawing by today, a more important character trait you need for your design career is Courage. When you'll become a professional designer,
you ...
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nurture-courage-for-kids
Have you ever heard about this? "You can't have a career in Art. It's a hobby." This belief needs to be strongly demystified.
It's one of my mission with the ...
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Designer working at desk with coffee
DRAWING CHALLENGE TIP-A-DAY 14/30 Are you? Are you thinking about Sketching Daily (or at least more often)?
Let's see the 8 benefits to draw anytime without pressure and happiness. At the ...
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Lizard drawing
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 13/30
Related article: How to draw a bottle (with a digital tablet) How about you? I have friends who go shopping only when
they have something specific to ...
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Easy reflection drawing on coffee carafe
DRAWING CHALLENGE TIP-A-DAY 12/30 There are plenty of complex explanations of
"How to shade a sphere" on the Internet. And they are overwhelming! This following 6 steps shadow drawing tutorial ...
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How to draw cast shadow on sphere step by step
Wanna play something cool? I have a fun and easy game with Instagram
for you to play with your phone camera! This morning, I experimented with
the Insta stories filter ...
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Insta Stories puppy filter on my drawing portrait
DRAWING CHALLENGE TIP-A-DAY 10/30 Hey look: To draw an attractive character design (male or female) with clothes, the outfit has its importance. However, to succeed is counter-intuitive:
How to draw a body - Character Design sketching
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 9/30 If you wonder how to improve your drawing skills, you may find great opportunities in all the "in-between moments" of your day. It could be in ...
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Drawing people and sneakers at hospital
DRAWING CHALLENGE TIP-A-DAY 8/30 It's 10 am, I'm in a cafe called: Cafe Ngot. I sketch while drinking a Vietnamese called "Cafe sua da" (Ice coffee with sugar milk). It's ...
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How to draw line weight - Industrial design sketching
I've always been fascinated by bikes tech from Shimano since my childhood. You know this bike handle or brakes where you see their white logo. My friend in Singapore started ...
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How to draw a bike pedal with digital tablet
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 6/30  I've just arrived in the new Taco restaurant: "TACO DEL SOL"
They have such a great skull logo! I always keep my ballpoint pen in my pocket ...
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How to draw a skull with ballpoint pen
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 5/30 You love going out drawing urban sketching, statues in a museum, people in the street, do product observation in shops...
But you struggle to draw on ...
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How to draw with proper standing posture
This morning, I arrived 1 hour early to the Consulate of France.
I walked around to kill time and I found a pen shop!
Let's test some pens to look ...
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5 Tips to find your best ballpoint pen for drawing!
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE: 3/30 "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee If ...
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How to Draw an Ellipse Freehand
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE: 2/30 Drawing cylinders is inspiring when you decline them into an infinity of forms to draw your products. Let me show you how to decline them easily ...
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How to draw Cylinder forms (to create many products)!
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 1/30 How to find ideas drawing with thumbnails? If you wonder what to draw,
thumbnails are great to generate ideas. I love drawing with thumbnails.
It's a ...
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How to draw BackPack thumbnails
I've just received a happy message from Lola Lalic! She has been accepted into one of the best Design schools in her country! And I am glad the Design Sketchbook ...
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8 Student tips to succeed in your art & design school
Let's draw 3d cubes and volumes that look real with round edges! Before starting, I invite you also to download the Designer Starter Kit. It's a free beginner guide. I ...
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How to draw 3D Cube (with Round Edges)
New project upcoming! Before starting,
I am happy to share with you I'm working on
a New blog specific on Shoe design!

If you follow me for a while,
you ...
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The 5 mind shifts to keep up and succeed in your Design school!
Hello, It's Chou-Tac, I'm very happy to have this conversation with you about Industrial Design. I received a series of 7 questions from Jimmy Huynh who has also a YouTube ...
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How to become an Industrial designer | in 7 questions
Hello guys! It's raining. I stay home and I'm in the mood to sketch something. But what could I sketch? I don't know what to sketch, and I'm facing my ...
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A trick for artists and designers to beat the blank page
Hello guys, Have you ever see great sketches people do on Internet. You try. You Fail. You get angry. You give up. It happened to me so many times. We'll see ...
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6 steps to be Extra-Ordinary
Hello sketcher! I show you the time-lapse of today's sketching session at a cafe called Phuc Long in Ho Chi Minh City. I took a cup of Milk Tea with ...
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Sketch people with loose lines (drawing with my Ipad)
The biggest obstacle at learning a new skill such as
  • drawing,
  • playing music,
  • singing,
  • speaking a new language
is... "Never starting". We need to overcome procrastination. We feel ...
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How to Start Drawing now | Overcome Procrastination
EXTRA SKETCHING VIDEOS TUTORIALS: How to start drawing anything better in 4 steps | the Random Product technique: https://www.thedesignsketchbook.com/tip-138-how-to-start-drawing-anything-better-in-4-steps-with-the-random-product-technique/ Draw more ideas with the random product technique (+ Photoshop quick ...
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4 Steps to draw "Creative Doodle Bags"
When I ask my friends how things going with the confinement due to Covid-19, they tell me: "Home is boring. Help!"  And Yes, I agree. It is! But I believe ...
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Go from bored at home to Creative drawings
HOW TO DRAW A CUBE (WITH THE XYZ AXIS) Transcript: Let's draw cubes with the xyz axis! x y z axis helps you visualize in 3 dimensions.
You will draw cubes ...
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How to Draw a Cube | Fast and Easy (from Imagination)
Let's see how to draw simple forms to make them into products! I'm going to show you in this video, one of the main principle of Product Design Sketching on ...
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How to Draw Products Design Easy (Starting with Simple Forms!)
Hello Design Sketchers! Please, go Museum to draw when the Coronavirus will be beaten. At this time, I recommend you to stay home and sketch! I am publishing this article ...
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Go Museum to Sketch (with your iPad)
You aim for an interior, architecture, fashion, transport, or product design school... Great! But When you sign one of these schools of art and design, you know you will sleep ...
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How to be in the top 10% student (School of Art and Design)
Today, I wanna give you a simple trick to stop procrastinating your homework for your design school.  You know when your school project deadline is coming, but your mind ...
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How to stop procrastinating
------ 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 ...
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From sketching 3 Simple Forms to Product Design!
HOW TO DRAW DYNAMIC SNEAKER DESIGN Transcript: How to draw from static to Dynamic Sneaker Sketch Welcome to TheDesignSketchbook.com so feel free to go on the blog to get some ...
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How to Draw Sneaker design with a Dynamic style! (with your ballpoint pen)
Hey guys,  Today, I've just face an unexpected driver issue with my Macbook laptop and Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablet.  If I were no prepared, it could be highly damaging...  Lucky ...
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As a designer, always back up your work station with that...
"Oh! you are so lucky!" Sometimes, people say:  "Oh! You are so lucky! You can draw as a living!". So far I remember, when I used to be a design ...
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Create your own luck to "get your ticket" to become an Industrial Designer
Hello!  Christmas is coming next week already. I hope you are having a great time in family with the happy mood floating all around us like falling snow. : ) ...
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1 Tip (nobody do) to stand out for your Design job application
Last week-end I went for a very short trip to Singapore with my dad. And I couldn't resist to visit my favourite bookstore: KINOKUNIYA at Orchard road. I went straight away ...
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Get your motivation lifted with book title starting by: "The art of..."
Hey guys so today we see how to do a USB charger. So welcome to thedesignsketchbook.com, I'm Chou-Tac and I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit. You have ...
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How to draw a USB Charger on iPad Pro (with the app Morpholio Trace)
Hello, Design Sketchers! I was born in 1981. And I realize I am among the last generations born without the Internet. I grew up without wi-fi or 4G. No iPhone, ...
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5 TIPS to disconnect... focus better and eliminate procrastination as a designer
Today is sunny and happy like I love!
I've prepared for you a video tutorial about the 3 basics of design sketching:
How to Draw a 3D Cube, Sphere and Cylinder (Step-By-Step)
Hello guys! I am working on the release date of my course: Sketch Like The Pros. I will confirm it to you by email by this week! Make sure to ...
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How to draw an electric Shaver Philips (with the Pilot Twin Marker)! / TIP 258
First of all, 
I'm thinking of reopening the doors of my sketching course soon! (I open only 1 or twice a year only) In the next few days, 
I'll send you an email asking for your personal input. :)) ...
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How to progress faster using the Copy-Doodle technique! / TIP 257
This morning, I went to the World Coffee Museum at Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Da Lak (Vietnam). It has a small-town feel and I liked it so much! ...
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Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256
How to get better at sketching (Drawing with Concept App) Transcript: Hey guys, Welcome to thedesignsketchbook.com. DRAWING THE JOBY TRIPOD on iPAD And today we get inspired by this JOBY ...
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How to sketch better and faster your Product Design (with the Y-axis)
You can download concepts app here for iPad Pro or Microsoft: https://concepts.app/en/ Hey guys, Welcome to TheDesignSketchbook.com. And today we discover the app Concepts on iPad Pro! But first of ...
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My first "Concepts app" sketching Tips on iPad Pro / TIP 254
Last night, I was sketching a bit of concept arts at midnight (See sketch below). I am new at the app CONCEPTS. It can be a bit frustrating to learn ...
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Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)
Hey guys today let's see how to do contour lines. Your first steps. I am Chou-Tac. So welcome to the Design Sketchbook. And before getting started, I would like to ...
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How to draw with Contour lines and draw faster, cleaner, better (Your first steps) TIP 252
What is #inktober? Do you know Inktober? It is 31 days drawing challenge created by Jake Parker in 2009, a comic artist. He wanted to improve his inking skills and ...
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Participate in #Productober | Inktober for Industrial Designers!
At my first year of design school,  I remember my classmates and I said "Oh they are so lucky!" about great students going to the best design companies for internship ...
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How to make "Luck a skill" and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250
You are a beginner? You feel lonely and you can't progress? That's normal. Most beginners feel shy when they start. If you are in this case, Do you hide your design drawings and creation? ...
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Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249
When you are a design student or a freelance, you need self-discipline to get things done. You have no boss to "scold you" 😛 You have no one to make sure you'll respect ...
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NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248
Today, I wanna share with you a simple TIP, yet essential for your drawing routine as a designer. Do you listen to music when you draw? If yes, what's your ...
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What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247
Hello !! If you are a designer or a student designer. What does your friend, family think about your activity? What are the questions people ask about your job? You ...
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7 Clichés about Designers / TIP 246
Yesterday 12.00pm, I went at the French restaurant L'Usine. It was my second meeting with my "Tinder date" Ngoc. *Pronounced "Gnop" in Vietnamese with a bit inflated cheeks like a ...
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Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245
Hello ! Today let's BOOST your motivation to create and enjoy the 6 benefits of learning sketching on paper! Why? Because there is no better sensation than to create with the traditional way! ...
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6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244
Too many students "hide" their poor sketching skills behind learning 3d software. They want to impress with a portfolio full of quality pictures. Some will suceed. But too often the ...
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Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243
Yesterday TIP 241, we saw that if you struggle at finding time to practice sketching, it is not because of a shortage of time, but because of how you may ...
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Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242
"How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?" Our logic brain crave to ask that question. And that is normal. However, to succeed in sketching and become ...
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"How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?" / TIP 241
I love receiving your messages. You share with me your happy and tough moments too. Your stories on your design journey are truly inspiring. Thank you! Some says: "I am ...
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How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240
Hello! How are you today?

On my side, 
I feel pumped by a new project I prepare for you at the Design Sketchbook blog!
It is called the "90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge!"

To learn how to sketch, 
the secret is not ...
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Are you ready for the "90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge"?
Hello ! My friend and student Oliver Esther recommended me a new sketching software called:  SKETCHA. I couldn't wait  to make a try and show it to you! Hehe. The ...
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My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro
Hello ! How are you doing today? Today is the 2nd part of: "Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing?" (You can find the PART 1 here.) As an ...
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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, It's 5pm. I am writing to you from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I landed in the country 7 days ago. We have just found ...
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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)
HOW TO DRAW FROM IMAGINATION Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, My neighbor came home to say hello. She's a creative person and loves DIY for home decoration. However, imagination drawing seams ...
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How to draw from imagination (with Basic perspective)
Hello ! I hope you are having a great week-end ! : ) In product design sketching there is something essential you need to have: It is your Speed of sketching. That's what ...
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How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235
Hello Beautiful day ! Today is the 1st April, and I'm posting here a video sketch of Harley Quinn, Joker's girlfriend :). If you follow me for a while, ...
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Let's sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)
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 ...
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24 Drawing Tips to raise your Product Design skills
I used to be crazy afraid to talk in public. While it is so essential for a designer to communicate verbally to defend and promote our own projects. I remember at ...
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12 Tips to succeed in your design presentation | For introvert
To make sure you receive news on the launch of the Sneaker Sketching course, make sure to Register to the blog! 🙂 It took me 10 hours and 30 minutes of sketching ...
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36 Sneaker Sketching TIPS | 7m. Drawing Challenge!
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, It's 11am here in France. And before going to gym, I wanted to announce that this week: I am starting a 7 meters of "Sneaker Sketching Challenge" !  ...
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How to make big progress with Sketching Challenge ?
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 ...
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Sneaker drawn by Amor Jiménez // Loveworks_design
To be happy, you got to visualize your dream and make it happened !1st January 2019, I realised something.  Too many people want something "NOW" so bad - they ...
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7 TIPS to stop procrastinating in 2019 and start your designer dream with love !
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, I received an email from Tim B. asking me how long should he sketch per week ? (Tim is one of my VIP student of Sketch ...
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How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B. / TIP 227
Let me introduce you to Daniel who created an amazing sketchbook for artists and designers at Jofelo.com. We see together how to start a sketchbook quickly so you can fill ...
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10 Easy tips to start drawing (in your sketchbook)
Hello! It's Chou-Tac, How are you today? . Last month, I had the chance to present a national TV SHOW called: VIETNAM DISCOVERY where I make a Travel Sketchbook! . ...
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Drawing urban sketching in vietnam temple sitting on the floor
        Hello, it's Chou-Tac,   Today we travel to South-Korea!
  Let's meet up with JONGHO LEE!
I am glad he accepted today interview as he has ...
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Why you should become a Product Designer now - Jongho LEE (SAMSUNG Art and Design Institute)
As a Product Designer, I find plenty of inspiration in Sci-fi movies such as Star wars and Concept art sketches. * You can discover Edward Eyth interview who created plenty of ...
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Drawing with ARTBOOKS CHALLENGE #1 / Inkwork by Darren Quach
Today we are going to cover a sketching technique to draw more creative sketches in a few minutes only! I love using it when I have no idea what to ...
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How to draw New products in 3 steps with this simple creative technique
I am publishing something new for you guys. It's to introduce you a Kickstarter Campaign for beginner designers ! It is a New drawing tool that help you draw basic ...
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How to start drawing in perspective with this New drawing tool!
Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac, Today I got a Designer creative routine for you to implement daily. So you'll generate thousands of new ideas !  I am writing to you from ...
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How a Designer become more creative looking for "Problems" !
15th July 2018: France won the World Cup !!! Last night I discovered 2 players from the French team come from my hometown, Troyes ! I feel so happy that ...
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How bad do you want to be a Product designer ?
HOW TO DRAW STRAIGHT LINES | THE 4 CONFIDENCE EXERCISES Hello guys! Many beginners wonder how to get started in Industrial design sketching. You may tend to have clumsy sketches ...
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How to draw Straight lines (with confidence in 4 exercises) | BASIC SKETCHING
How are you today ? . . Summer holiday period is starting ! : ) I hope you are crazy boosted for enjoying this free time for what you love: ...
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5 reasons why you should NOT start learning to sketch with a Graphic tablet (but with a ball point pen)
Vivek Rai was sending me by email a pretty cool picture from a school task he had about creating characters. He asked me some tips about: How to generate ideas ...
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How to make your character design attractive and interesting ?
HOW TO BECOME MORE CREATIVE Sometimes, we lack inspiration. We wonder what to draw and we face the blank page.  Junior artists to seniors artists, we all search for creative ...
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How to become more creative? (Tips from the artist: Renata)
Today I would like to share with you an inspiring discussion I had. While many parents push their kids to become a Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer… I met a mom who ...
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2 reasons why a mom encourages her son to become a designer
Hello ! It's Chouchou ! Do you feel having no time for sketching ? Let me help you on that. Today, let me show you the behind the ...
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No time for sketching? How designers draw anywhere! (TOKYO, JAPAN)
Today, I wanna share with you about How to Make a Sketchbook! During one of my recent trip to Spain, I met Antonio who is one of the students of ...
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21 Drawing Tips on How to Make a Designer Sketchbook
HOW TO DRAW A CAMERA | GO PRO | BALLPOINT PEN SKETCHING Hello! I often receive messages of aspiring designers
who do not dare to sketch and are worried about making ...
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How to draw a Camera | Go Pro
START (0:00) Hey guys! How you doing? Today, I’m pretty excited because we have done something which is pretty new. So for the first time we have organized a Live ...
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Portfolio application for Design school // with Art Center LIVE Q&A CHAT // Take some notes !!
Hello! It is Chou-Tac, How are you today? If it is so-so. Then this coming Saturday I got a BIG SURPRISE for you to get back your natural pretty smile ...
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Live chat with Art Center College of Design Pasadena |Portfolio, school, career.
I had the great honor to chat with Dwayne Vance! Together we share about what it takes to become a designer. I am a super fan of Dwayne's work, especially ...
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What it takes to become a Designer| Dwayne Vance | Designer Coffee Chat #2
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, Our today designer interview with Guillaume Bouvet who is a custom made designer for furniture, gives an essential lesson for any industrial designer. Too many student ...
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A great lesson of design learned from Guillaume Bouvet, a custom made furniture designer
Hello ! Today I would like to share with you a simple technique to help you better visualise in 3D. We'll go through the basics of perspective to draw ellipses ...
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How to draw cylinders in any angles with the "Packaging box" technique
In a visit to Madrid, My parents and I had the chance to meet up with the students of my course Sketch Like The Pros: Pedro, Antonio, and Amor. The ...
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How to draw Sneakers in 3D |live demo
Hello guys, I have received a question from Omar on The Design Sketchbook Instagram  about How to get started in design sketching. I will also share with you the common mistake ...
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How to Get Started in Design Sketching (Question from Omar)
Before starting, if you are making your first steps in perspective, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit made for beginners. Then, practice these two easy tutorials on ...
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Perspective drawing starts easy (with 3d planes)
Hello guys, today I am in London visiting my friends, and also Vietdong, who is one of my new beginner student of Sketch Like The Pros. We are going to ...
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9 sketching tips for beginners drawing a Power Bank (with Vietdong)
Ola from Madrid ! Como estas ? I am now writing to you from Spain, where I am visiting Madrid with my parents. And also preparing the next video vlogging ...
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How to stop sketching flat in 2D and start drawing in 3d volumes
Hello guys ! My friends call me Chouchou, I am a Product designer 🙂 To get started in design sketching, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit : The Designer ...
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How to draw an infinity of products with ellipses and cylinders.
Hello !! It's Chouchou, 🙂 I hope you had a great week-end plenty of fun ! 2018 is coming already, I started to plan the next year projects for The Design Sketchbook ...
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How about Vlogging for the Design Sketchbook ? :)
Hello guys, As a designer we learn how to promote our projects. We put a lot of effort in our portfolio, but sometime we face difficulties to promote ourself for a job ...
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The big mistake we all do during a design job interview.
Hey guys, It's Chou-Tac, A question I receive pretty often is: How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching ? I tell my students to draw at ...
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How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching?
Hello! It’s Chou-Tac, I remember how important it was for me to be inspired by other students to boost my motivation. Because I wanted to reach their level, I was ...
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How Kasra progress fast in design sketching
How to draw 3D cubes | Part 3 (last part) My nose is running, so sorry if you may hear my voice a bit like a duck 🦆in the video! ...
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How to draw Amazing 3D Cubes!|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 3/3
Draw so many 3D cubes in perspective | Part 2/3 Yesterday we saw Part 1 of the Cube Mania challenge. We get familiar with drawing cubes in a 2-point perspective, ...
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Draw hundreds of cubes easy|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 2/3
If you want to improve fast and make a change, get ready for the CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE! We are gonna draw a LOT of cubes following the simple and easy ...
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How to draw 3D cubes | CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 1/3
Hi guys, I have just received an happy email from Parker, who is a member of my course Sketch Like The Pros. With great motivation and work, he now becomes ...
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How Parker Liang became one of the top design sketcher of his class (and impress his classmates!)
Hello guys ! I received an email from Pio Tran about which softwares to learn to become an industrial designer. There is no unique answer to this. However here is ...
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The softwares industrial designers use ?
Hello from Osaka ! I am travelling with my good friend Eliane and her big family in Japan. We are a group of 10 people travelling all over Japan ! ...
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Anyone with GOOD LOGIC can learn how to sketch. See why.
Hello! It's Chou-Tac, How are you doing today? I know how we all have a busy life, and how many beginners have little time to pursue their passion for sketching ...
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No time for drawing? How to unlock 5 months per year!
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, How things going today ? At noon, I met Eugene and his wife Mandy for lunch at Ho Chi Minh City. They are such a lovely ...
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What matter more than sketching or creativity skills to grow like crazy.
Hello! It's Chou-Tac How are you today? Last day I was at Panam, a French pub in Ho Chi Minh owned and driven by my franco-viet friends Khiem and Remy ...
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Don’t be precious with your sketches | TIP 215
Hello! It's Chou-Tac A lot of designers happened to be introvert (included me), and we may suffer from not being able to socialize with people as easy as we would ...
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Introvert designer? How to make people remember you at networking.
Hello guys from Vietnam ! How are you doing today ? Here is pretty rainy (Raining season), and I just came back from lunch. I am thinking to start sharing ...
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"Is the best Pho in France or Vietnam?" How a chat with a local inspires me as a designer.
I have just met John in Singapore. He's one of my VIP member of Sketch Like The Pros. It happenned we were both in Singapore, so we decided to meet ...
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At Basheer Graphics bookstore (Singapore) with John|VIP Sketch Like the Pros member
Hello ! It's Chou-Tac, In your opinion, who got more value:  Someone skilled with years of experience or a young passionate ? In my previous company, (shoes and fashion industry ...
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How a young candidate "beat" skilled designers - and get hired.
I still wonder how I survived my design school. We had a ton of projects. I remember wondering if they put that pressure on us on purpose. Maybe they wanted ...
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How I survived my design school and get my dream job.
Hello! It's Chou-Tac The blog started in 2014, and I am always happy to keep publishing plenty of free content, articles, and drawing tutorials on the blog giving you even ...
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How to draw a box with a hole in perspective |TIP 208
Hello Design lovers ! Many of you may be preparing their portfolio to enter a design school, internship or a designer job position. But there is a huge and common mistake ...
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How to succeed interview for your future design school or job
Hello Design Sketchers ! If you have a heavy wrist tendency, this article is gonna help you realise how much being gentle with you pen matter. If you have this tendency, many of ...
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How to start your industrial design sketches very light / TIP 206 (for heavy wrist sketchers)
Hello Design sketchers ! Too many beginners are afraid of sketching, being afraid of what other people may think. Feeling ashame of showing their clumsy drawings so much they decided ...
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Draw something you feel shame of is 1000times better than nothing // Interview with Kim, a baker from Seoul
Hey guys! Today, I am super happy to share with you the 1st Design Sketchbook COFFEE CHAT ! 🙂 I hope interviewing more designers around the world to demystify the creative and ...
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The Designer Coffee Chat#1 "I want to draw stuff from the future." - Michael DiTullo
Instagram is an amazing tool to publish your work online and get feedback, but especially likes and followers. You gain exposure, you gain popularity. It's to me great, but there ...
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Don't draw for LIKES on Instagram
Hello, Design sketchers! 😀 It's my second time I do a Sketching live tutorial for you guys on Facebook! It was a real pleasure to help you, and interact with ...
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Design Sketchbook Live #2 | How to draw in perspective!
    Hello guys! How are you doing today? I am very happy to show you today a drawing exercise on the perspective that is to me just compulsory for ...
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How to draw perspective easy (with this Sketching Exercise)! | TIP 201
Hello guys ! Today I wanna share with you a common mistake thay may damage your progress for long if you are not aware of it. You will see that it's ...
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Do you make this sketching mistake with your shoulder posture? TIP 200
Hello guys, How are you today? I was giving some corrections to one of my student Zhen Bian from China from my course Sketch like the Pros - and I ...
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How to draw a light bulb easy| TIP 199
Hello guys from Korea ! I am now in Seoul, and it's super cold like being in a freezer. I went to find refuge in a caffe to warm myself ...
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Don't play Pokemon Go! Hunt ideas with your pen and your Sketchbook!!| TIP 198
Hi guys, Today I am in Seoul, Korea ! It's amazing and also super cold here. About -7 degrees outside. Ohoh ! Getting warmer back in my room, I thought it ...
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3 techniques to give visual impact to your sketches | The Design Sketchbook Show! #1
Hello Design Sketchers !! Today is my great pleasure to introduce you Noah Sussman, designer for UVEX Sports in Germany. I met Noah when both of us used to work ...
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How to become a Sports Product Designer | Adidas Performance, UVEX
Hello ! Today, it's time to publish the 2nd part of the questions you have sent to me these last few weeks! (We'll cover 36 questions) Because I want you to progress ...
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"Bring your sketch Alive!!" launch + 36 answers to your questions !
  If you are in love with sketching and creativity, today is your lucky day!   I would like to introduce you to an amazing Concept Artist Designer and professor: ...
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Marvel retail store drawing - Edward Eyth
Hello ! Hello ! It's ChouTac, How are you ? It's Saturday, and Saturday is a Happy Day ! Why ? Because tomorrow is Sunday : D  Today, I got ...
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Surround yourself with passionate people to grow your sketching level.
Hey guys, I have just received a message from Krishna who told me a senior students offer her a Graphire tablet (It's the early generation of graphic tablet from Wacom). She ...
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Invest in yourself first. Don't always "chase" the latest designer tools.
Sometime we wonder how to get more inspiration daily for our project at school. We may be tempted to buy books but they are pretty expensive as a student. Your ...
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Find a lot of design inspiration at shopping with that simple trick
Today, I am super excited as one of my dream has been realized. As a user of the Wacom Cintiq 22HD, I did myself a little present: The Ergotron arm! ...
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How to install the Ergotron arm on your desk for Wacom Cintiq 22
When I was a student, we made a lot of mood boards to visually communicate on the brands, users, and products. We spend hours looking at relevant pictures to convey ...
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5 websites designers get inspired to create mood boards
Hey guys, Which pen are you drawing with ? (Tell me in the comments !) If you are still wondering with which pen to start with, let me share with you the ...
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How to buy a ball point pen for drawing |pen test with Brent George
It's 4:58 am and I can't sleep. I guess I am still a bit Jetlagged after my 28 hours journey door to door from France to Singapore. I was in bed ...
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Show all what you got in your design portfolio!
Hey guys, Many of you told me it's valuable to discover more about the profession of a Product designer - knowing more about the real life out there after your design school ...
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Interview with Vincent Védie, who never gave up to follow his dream as a designer
Hello from Paris Airport! It's 6.19am, and I am waiting for my flight to Singapore with a transit at Ryhad. Today I wanna share with you a question I received ...
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Should I start sketching on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185
Hey guys!! Today, I am pretty excited to share with you something only a few know about. The topic of the day is something that matter more than anything to succeed: It's ...
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8 Ways to Build your Confidence as an Industrial Designer
Erwan who is an upcoming student product designer, has just send me an email. He's from France, 20 years old and will join soon the ISD Rubika design school at Valencienne ...
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12 tips to progress faster as a student designer
It's late at night, it's quiet and I suddenly saw a small booklet I handmade with watercolour paper and a golden pliers I bought at Tokyu Hands shop. I grab the ...
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Start your sketch with a light pen pressure |TIP 182
Hello!! I have prepared for you a cool VIDEO tutorial introducing the 3rd point perspective! It will give your sketch an extra level of realism!  This tutorial will help you visualise simple ...
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Rise your perspective skills dividing a box
Hey guys, Today I would like to share with you a Tip I learned at my Design school. When I was student in Product design, I was so fascinated by ...
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Car design Tip | Sketch with the "Happy Accident"!
    HOW TO DRAW NIKE SHOE AIR MAX (IN 1 MINUTE) These days, we have been talking about Footwear design with Mr. Bailey from Concept Kicks, so I felt ...
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How to draw the Nike Air Max | The Sneaker 1 minute sketching tutorial
First of all before starting this article: every school has their own policy and criteria for selecting their students. This article is about the school I went so my experience may ...
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Why  starting school as a  beginner may give you an unfair advantage?
Today we discover how Mr. Bailey's experience can help you become a Footwear designer. Today's interview is meaningful to me. When I was a student Mr. Bailey published (still) ...
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How to become a Shoe designer? |with Mr. Bailey - Concept Kicks
HOW TO DRAW A COIN STEP-BY-STEP How to draw a coin in 6 steps: STEP #1 The first thing you need to know is: a circle is equal to an ...
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How to draw a coin | The 1minute tutorial!
Hey, Today I wanna share with you a motivational TIP I learned from my friend Roy Pallas, from the French blog: Blog-le-dessin.com. (blog-the-drawing) I knew his blog before I met him ...
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"Don't focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!" - Roy Pallas | TIP 177
Hey, I am not very happy of how education system is trying to create "clones" learning literature and math. How about art and creativity? Art and education are like oil ...
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Are you a black sheep?
Hi guys, Today I have just met an amazing Toy artist in Bangkok! If you love art toys, you might have heard about him: he's Marc from the duet Marc & ...
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How Marc became a self-taught toy sculptor and designer | COARSE
Hey guys! How are you today? I just went back to my Calystehnic class. (Also called Street workout). It's now resting time, and I take a "few" minute to write ...
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How to succeed your drawings making ugly doodles! | TIP 174
How long have you been sketching? To give a short answer, I have 2 big periods of drawing. The first one was when I was a kid till I grew up as ...
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What matter more than years of sketching.
There is common mistakes that everybody do as a beginner. The flat sketch. We draw what we see and it's obvious there is something wrong. But we can't figure out how to solve ...
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How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172
I went to the famous book shop in Singapore: Kinokuniya. They have a huge Art & Design corner where you find books about Product design, architecture, fashion, packaging, tatoo, figure ...
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Art books are my inspiration Red bull!
We saw in the Part A how to solve a common mistake about drawing "dual ellipses" - showing the top surface of camera lens for example. Today, let's draw multiple ...
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How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective |Part B
Let's look at how to draw cylinders in perspective. For this Part A, we will get interested in the top surface of a tube - which is actually "a cylinder ...
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How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A
Leonardo studied Industrial design, and he's today a 3D artist for video games. He enrolled my course Sketch like the Pros as a VIP student. Leonardo sent me his work about ...
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Want to push your sketching limits? Make it personal | with Leo | TIP 168
Ben has a story I feel inspiring. He's a boat designer, and presently living in an amazing boat! "Drawing has been a way to get everything I dreamed about." You will ...
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Grand Blanc Pacific Sketch - Ben Go
My girlfriend and I went to Starbuck last Tuesday. She likes to go there to work without distraction. So I was pretty much bored. I took a pen and draw ...
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Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167
HOW TO DRAW A SPHERE NOTE: We saw previously how to draw a circle in perspective. (Which is represented by an ellipse drawing.) Sphere drawing Today's tutorial, we see how ...
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How to draw a sphere (with the XYZ axis) |TIP 166
Hey guys, If your perspective on your sketches looks awkward, or they seam lacking of details, these today 2 sketching TIPS might help you. I've just received an inspiring sketch ...
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Struggling at drawing details? Draw them big! | Sketch from Amy | TIP 165
Hello! I invite you to play at the new challenge I call: The 1 Minute Sketching Challenge!  It's fun to sketch. I have just tried today and I can already see how it ...
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The 9 benefits of the 1 minute Sketching Challenge
1 Learning how to sketch is about making iteration. We try, we do mistake, we adjust... we retry... and so on. That's how we keep learning and get better at anything ...
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3 rules from Kimon Nicolaides to learn making 1000 mistakes
These last few days I made a lot of research about the IPad Pro - wether it is suitable for me - as a sketcher.* I am a Wacom user ...
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Why I might not sketch on Ipad Pro. :(
Should I get an Ipad Pro for drawing cool sketches? I really like the idea of "On and draw". That machine looks really cool. After so long, and deception with ...
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Wanna get cool design sketches? (Do not start with details)
Whenever we have a problem, we dig in the past to find a similar case to solve the case. I believe there is an even better approach: To do the ...
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Why a good relationship designer/technician counts more than any skill?
I share with you my meeting with few Thai wood carver in Bangkok. I hope giving you some TIPS to help you working with suppliers in Asia in general. I actually ...
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Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?
I am in a taxi of Bangkok on the way to Bang Sue, a road famous for woodcraft. I hope we are on the right way.  We have just been ...
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When design fusions a cafe and a shop - Bangkok
I am now in the flight from Singapore to Bangkok. No movie to watch. Let me share with you a story from when my friends and I was a student ...
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Don't trust your first idea. Keep drawing more!
I've just went to the money changer of Raffles place (in Singapore) to get some Thai Baht as I am flying to Bangkok tomorrow! 🙂 This afternoon, I stop for ...
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Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.
Hi guys, To keep in touch more often with you, I am experimenting blogging with my phone! I am writing with my Xiaomi (Redmi) phone and the screen is pretty ...
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How I plan to share with you even more!
I am preparing the reopening of the registration of Sketch Like The Pros design course. To help you build your motivation and self-confidence, I want to show you that anyone ...
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Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] course| Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression
Being a designer is a "24-hour work". You see, hear, eat, sleep as a designer. Everything that surround you is a source of inspiration. Under the condition that you are ...
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13 ways to boost your creativity and productivity as an Industrial designer
Today we meet Huang Li-Chung who has an atypical background. He took a common path (Civil engineering) but then decided to follow his passion for design. He definitely gave a ...
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Majored in Civil engineering but in love with Design | Interview with Huang Li-Chung, 47yo
Tonight I was chilling in the shopping mall NEX at Serangoon, and “randomly” went to the pen shop! In this article below, you will see few quick sketches I made ...
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New sketching pens ! Love the Signo Uni-Ball colours from Mitsubishi.
How to draw ellipses in perspective step-by-step. If you wonder what is an ellipse, it is basically a circle in perspective. For example, if you see a cup from the ...
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How to draw ellipses in perspective | 7 steps easy tutorial
Last week I bought some felt pad to stick under a table so it wouldn’t scratch the floor. I realized then that the heavy table actually slide easily on the ...
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How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD with a simple IKEA accessory
Learn to draw is not intuitive. We often believe drawing skills are innate, so it creates some mental roadblocks. This article is inspired from Marc, a student of my course ...
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How to learn to draw for beginners?
Last November, the course Sketch like the Pros was launched. I was glad to see how it gather an infinite number of unique profile who have all in common the ...
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The youngest student I know studying Design sketching - Interview with Hippolyte Lucas (15yo)
It’s surprising how much you can learn from people you’ve just met. Last week-end I went to  visit the city of Lyon in France. I went there using carpooling (Blablacar.com) ...
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3 Design Tips to get inspired from an abstract painter
    As a beginner, we often face the blank page.
We just start a project that our mind suddenly seems so empty we could hear the crickets. 😛  Today,
I ...
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Create Infinite Drawing Ideas |with the Random Product Technique
Why sketching is so important for a designer ? Nick gives us also precious advices about how a student or junior designer can rise his chance through his abilty to ...
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Why does a designer need to sketch? | With Nick Huber – Mesh01
Most beginners abandon their dreams because of lack of confidence. They love sketching but give up too early. They practice a lot and even put a lot of effort as ...
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How I started design sketching and kept motivated ?
We saw previously How to draw a Cube with a 1-point perspective and how to recognize whether you need a 1 or 2-points perspective. I hope you enjoy how easy ...
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How to Draw a Cube with 2-Point Perspective Easy | TIP 155 | VIDEO
Learn perspective easy Pretty often beginners feel overwhelmed in front of perspective. There are so many lines going here and there that you even don’t know how to start. So ...
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How to Draw a Cube Easy (1-Point Perspective)| TIP 154 | VIDEO
Let’s contniue with the video tutorials exported from the exercises you can find in the book : the Designer Starter Kit. Feel free to download it and find the right ...
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Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | VIDEO
This week we already saw:
  1. How to draw straight lines
  2. How to draw perfect squares
To carry on your progress on your sketching daily routine, let’s look at ...
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How to draw perfect circles | TIP 152 | VIDEO
Today we carry on with the 2nd video of the series of 6 - illustrating the Designer Starter Kit book (Feel free to download it and start from there. It’s ...
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How to draw perfect square + the common mistakes | TIP 151 | VIDEO
Today is the 1st video of a series of 6 videos illustrating the exercises from the Designer Starter Kit. If you haven’t done it yet, you can download the book. ...
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How to draw straight lines + the Common mistakes | TIP 150 | VIDEO
We often wonder what to draw. Today, I share with you a simple solution to get started – and create that “spark of inspiration” that will fill that blank ...
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Wonder what to draw? Look in your house! | TIP 149 | VIDEO
Yesterday, one of my students asked me: I am doing mistakes. Is it my fault? I answered telling him a story about "The cycling boy" Do you mind I share ...
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Learn drawing by making mistakes
This article has been inspired from questions asked by the members of my blog who answered my previous survey: Ask me anything. Thank you Prakash from India, Rerolde from Brazil, ...
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How to keep motivated (having poor results) and avoid procrastination ? | TIP 147
I was browsing my picture library, looking for a subject to draw for you guys. I ended with that hostel front I took in picture in Taipei few years ago ...
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How to draw an hostel with good proportion | VIDEO |TIP146
Nicolas is a French student in Industrial Design who has recently achieved with success an Internship at Salomon. Nicolas’s experience has a lot of positive insight so I though you ...
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"We have to get out of the comfort zone" Interview with an Industrial design student - Nicolas Gomes (France)
Arpithooda asked me on Instagram: What is your favorite black ballpoint pen? I thought you guys may ask yourself the same question about it. So let me share with you ...
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What is the best Ballpoint pen for drawing? | TIP 145
Hey, today I was chillin’ in town. My Black Papermate FLAIR M died yesterday, so I came to the pen shop to get a new one. It’s always a great ...
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Love sketching with the Papermate FLAIR M (Medium) | TIP 144
Zhe Mei, Devansh S, Mya, Rodrigo O, Tilo, Forrester, John P, Tomes, Rafael asked me in the recent survey about: How do you get inspired and draw things from imagination ...
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11 TIPS to get inspired and draw from imagination | Tip 143
I believe meeting people enrich ourselves from their experiences.
I will interview designers and other great people from the creative industry and share with you guys. I am pleased today to ...
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How to join the Jewellery design world? |with Diaset, a Diamond setter for Cartier, Chanel
Daniel has just started Design sketching. Yesterday, he let me a public comment asking me a question that you may wonder as well: Q: I bought a Wacom tablet. Should ...
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How to choose:  Markers or Wacom tablet? |TIP142
When you start learning how to draw as a beginner, you study and practice basic rules of perspective, line of geometry, and simple shapes such as square, circles… and so ...
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How to make your sketches more real |TIP141
Hey today is a sketch of a Super-hero made with Photoshop. Actually I did that video just for myself and for fun. But I though I could add some Tips ...
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How to draw a Super-Hero (Photoshop) |TIP 140 |VIDEO
Today I show you a simple and powerful sketching technique from product designers on How to draw transparent bottles easily. It’s a powerful technique to learn because you can use ...
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How to Draw a Bottle Easily (Product Design)|TIP 139 |VIDEO
If you often wonder what to draw, today, let’s look at a 4 steps tutorial that will help you better draw any Product design in 3D. It’s perfect training for ...
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How to start drawing anything better in 4 steps | Random Product technique |Tip138
Wether you study Industrial design for 3, 4 or 5 years, you might end given a project to carry, defend and promote yourself for several months. The main obstacle you ...
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Get a high distinction choosing a great topic | TIP137
Today I show you a smart way to draw with the broad nib of the Pantone marker. After a quick review of the 3 nibs, I show you how that ...
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Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO
Hello Design Sketchers! Some of you told me about facing these challenges when you start sketching:
  1. "My sketches don’t looks good"
  2. "It’s not easy to draw from imagination"
  3. "I ...
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Why drawing with "UGLY DOODLES"? | Creative technique) | TIP135
Today I would like to share with you the method that is the most precious to me. Some people may say I should keep it SECRET– and keep it as ...
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7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO
Be inspired by artists and designers you admire. I was inspired by:
  • My classmate who got higher skills with whom we shared the same table in sketching class to ...
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How to find your drawing style? |TIP133
I had a short and sweet conversation with David Zakarias-Weich on the Design Sketchbook’s Facebook page that I would like to share with you guys. Q/ Why are trainers always ...
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Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132
When I was a student (2003-2009), my classmates and I didn’t have any Digital tablet at school to practice on. The first tablet I put my hands on was a ...
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How to start digital sketching ? (Material and software)
I've just flown back to my hometown in France traveling with my iMac and Wacom digital tablet. I will set up a new office space to have more time to ...
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How I bring my IMac 21" and Wacom Cintiq 22" by plane! | TIP130

Whether at school or in the industry, it’s an asset for a designer “to be unique”.
To be unique, some people think they rather keep there knowledge secrets to better ...
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5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve| TIP129
These days I have fun playing with the App Marvel, Contest of Champions on Ipad. Be aware, it’s pretty addictive. Looking for inspiration, I did a sketch of one of ...
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Why you shouldn’t draw the shield first? |TIP128
From the previous article, you learn about the 5 steps to starting drawing a scene in perspective. Let’s spend a bit more time in the Step of Observation. Today, I ...
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How to spot the horizon and converging lines of a building?
Today I would like to share with you a story about Saad, a designer who has decided to get out of his comfort zone.  For that, I will tell you ...
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Guggenheim museum New York City
Today I would like to share with you an article I read from 99U, written by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, writer of The 3 secrets to effective time investment. How many ...
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Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125
Nowadays, the world move fast, maybe too fast sometime. To keep updated a designer has to allocate some time at forecasting innovation and trends. I share with you some websites ...
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9 Must-see website for industrial designers |Tip124
  Q: How to make an online portfolio? Before starting, I published an article for artists and designers if you want to make your portfolio a Marketing Weapon. Nowadays,
it’s ...
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How to Make an Online Portfolio? |TIP 123
When we look for inspiration, we do our research from visual documents such as books, magazines, photography… How about sound, taste, smell… Should we also explore our other senses ? ...
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Innovate using your 5 senses |TIP122
Question from Ragavendran Architecture student from India. Q: Where, When, How do you get inspired for any designs? Sometime we wish we could simply switch on a button to make ...
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Get Design inspired like a Chef !
Question from Nur Aktas Industrial design student, Turkey As a designer, how do you present your product to the company? As a designer when you present a project to ...
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5 phases to present your project to your design company |Tip120
Shoe drawing is difficult at the start.
Wondering how to draw shoes, we often face these 2 issues:
How to draw a side view shoe in 3 tips | TIP119
I am following a cool page about Footwear design on Instagram: @PaletteStudioCo Credit featured image on the home page from Rob Maston or @raw_mass @PaletteStudioCo on Instagram It showcased amazing ...
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Palette. A Sketchbook for shoe designer |TIP118
Martijn Van de Wiel is an Industrial Design teacher at the Eindhoven University of Technology – I was pleased to be invited as a guest to converse with him and ...
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What is sketching and digital tools value in design| Martijn van de Wiel and his class
When we first join a design school, we receive an art material list. After a visit to any art shop, you realize that the material is costly and that our ...
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What Art material to buy as a student designer
Time is precious and no one can stretch it. How about converting your transportation time to a productive session ? I remember after class, I was drawing in the subway ...
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Sketch more being more creative in the subway |TIP115
If you have decided to join a Design School, get ready to sleep less. 😉 You will face new challenges and obstacles that drive you to change your daily habits ...
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10 Tips to keep up as an Industrial Design student |TIP 114
Thank you Chetan Yadav for sending me your question. I remember I actually asked my self the same question when I was student. Q: Do I need to be proficient ...
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7 reasons why designers use Photoshop |TIP113
We saw at the TIP 109 How to draw Cast Shadow using PARALLEL source light (such as the sun). Today let's see more about DIVERGING source light (such as 1 ...
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Cast shadow | Diverging source light from projectors |Tip112
Nymul has just sent me a question. I share here with you hoping to help more people. Send me your question in the comments or email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com. I will ...
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Q/A How to become a footwear designer? | TIP111
To constantly improve at Design Sketching, we know that Practice is the key. But M. Procrastination like to call us one time in a while. It may be a sign ...
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How to keep Mr Procrastination away |Tip110
To make your sketch pop out from the background, it's essential to add a Cast shadow. The “cast shadow” projects the shadow of an object on a surface (basically the ...
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Cast Shadow | Parallel source of light from the Sun |TIP109
Anything can happen! The interview itself could be short, or could stretch on for upwards of three hours. It could involve an office and call for professional formal attire, or ...
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10 steps to Be irresistible at your Design interview
A good number of you guys come from countries speaking Spanish, such as Colombia, brazil, Spain…  and some asked me if I would consider a translation of [the Designer Starter ...
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[the Designer Starter Kit] design sketching Book in Spanish!
We all know about Brainstorming. I was thinking about making a “Doodle-Storm”. Try, and send me yours ! It’s a real pleasure to get absorbed by the “Doodle-Storm” session – ...
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Get ready for a SONY earphone Doodle-storm! |TIP108
Today, a tutorial on How to draw arrows using 1 and 2-point perspective. With practice, you will be able to take some shortcuts and draw arrows without tracing the whole ...
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How to draw arrows in perspective |Part2 |TIP 107
When you sketch an object, most of the time you can’t possibly draw the full set of Perspective:
  • Horizon line
  • Vanishing points
  • Converging lines.
However, it’s SUPER ESSENTIAL ...
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Perspective | How to visualize and spot the converging lines? | TIP106 | VIDEO
In product Design we like to use arrows to express a movement, a path, an acceleration. It’s not only made to designate certain elements of a product. Today, I will ...
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How to draw arrows in perspective |Part 1 |TIP105
A cube is a 6 sided 3D form like a dice or a Rubik cube.
Artists and industrial designers learn how to draw in perspective drawing a series of cubes ...
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How to Draw a Cube (2-point perspective) | TIP 104 | VIDEO
In design sketching, it’s essential to know how to represent ideas fast, especially during the preliminary phase of research of a project. We are not yet looking for “sexy drawings” ...
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Sketch faster and better with he Contour lines |TIP 103
We was drawing at Garden by the Bay, in Singapore. I took a picture of my friend drawing. It was the first I saw someone holding the pen that way ...
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Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101
A TIP I recommend especially for beginners who have difficulties to start - who try to draw, but can’t find any satisfaction at the moment. Instead of focusing on getting ...
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Learn better by better enjoying the present |TIP100
My friend Adrien Wira and I tried something new, a Collaboration. It’s something I never though about till Adrien suggested the idea. We know each other for a while. We ...
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Concept art collaboration Choutac x Adrien Wira |TIP99
Today a Video tutorial of Photoshop interface and brush (Opacity and Size pen pressure). After this tutorial you will know how to make your first sketch on Photoshop with your ...
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How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98
“Maxpower20” asked me if I would have any advise on How to improve the line quality. I think it could be helpful to share the info with all of you ...
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6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97
When you start a drawing session, you may wonder why your first sketches are clumsy. Your hand muscles are not yet that agile. It’s good to start with a bit ...
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Warm up drawing with a loose hand | TIP96
Drawing nice curves are essential for a dynamic sketch. 90% of the time I use 2 types of curves:
  • The C-Curve
  • The S-Curve
Whenever I need to draw ...
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How to draw C-Curves? | TIP 95
The middle line is essential to any designer. Mother nature made most of the thing on earth and outer space symmetrical. The human, then creates object mostly symmetrical as well ...
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How to get a symmetrical sketch in perspective ? Use the "Middle line" |TIP 94
7-days Roll of paper challenge I started without knowing the lenght of the roll. But I needed to set up a time limit to the challenge. I took 7 days, ...
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18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge |TIP93
Hi guys, today I recorded the first video of sketching tutorial ! To be honest that was not easy for me, as I am not used to speak alone in ...
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How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners |TIP92
Second day of the Roll of paper challenge. My mood is not there. I sit and carry on drawing on the roll of paper. About 1.50meter later, I am ...
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Roll of paper challenge - Day 2 - How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91
To improve we need to regularly get out of our comfort zone. It’s something that we don’t do naturally. Relax, in sketching we can only improve. Even a little, it’s ...
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Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art |TIP90
For a student, buying the Wacom Cintiq is most of the time a dream. It’s so expensive. Let me tell you more about the alternative Wacom product I used to ...
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The Wacom tablet I get cheaper than a Cintiq
Following the TIP 57  How to make your sketch stand out with a simple shadow, I am publishing an extra video tutorial on shoe drawing. Instead of giving you a ...
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16 TIPS - How to draw a shoe | Adidas sneaker design
If you also like to do some pen shopping, you may have gathered a lot, and you may wonder how to choose. There is no ultimate perfect pen. It’s all ...
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Top 7 Sketching pens of the year!
I would like to create more “credible” concept art engines. For that, I need to study mechanical pieces having a basic understanding of the functions. That will be my “raw” ...
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Study mechanical pieces for credible Concept art engines |TIP88
A great trick to make concept art engine more fascinating, is to give them a “soul”. How ? By giving them hands, eyes, head, skeleton, anything related to human or ...
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Get inspired from human or animals to draw concept art |TIP87
Concept art, product design, car design, fashion design… all use this trick. It's essential when you present your initial sketches to your colleagues, friends or eventually clients to promote your ...
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Use a pop of colour to direct your audience eyes|TIP86
When I sit on my desk and I start sketching, my fingers are quite stiff. The first sketches are often clumsy and it can be frustrating. However, after a bit ...
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What is a "Happy accident"? |TIP85
To get results faster, use reference pictures as much as you want. Sometime, your pride may stop you, somehow telling you that you are “cheating”. It’s a mistake. Tell yourself ...
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Sketch with reference pictures is not cheating (concept art) |TIP84
A fun exercice in Product Design is to draw a men and women version of a design. It’s a good way to be introduced into how to create a design ...
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Male or female design ? |TIP83
I made this video during the shoe design workshop I gave to my friends. You will see step by step how I draw a sneaker. You will also get an ...
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How to draw a sneaker |TIP82
I have friends who are big shoe lovers. They asked me to teach them how to draw shoes for lady and men. So we met at Starbuck for our own ...
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Shoe design workshop - Perseverance pays off | TIP81
I like to do some “sketch hacking”. I take a technique somewhere to import and improve my Product Design sketching skills. It might be how designers create there own style ...
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How I draw better Product design - sketching dancers on Youtube|TIP80
A complex object is the result of many simple things assembled together. With a minimum of gesture, you will be able to draw an infinity of things. I was preparing ...
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Draw with these 3 sketching line | Straight line, C- and S-Curve |TIP79
There is a good trick to find new ideas that artist and designers use in concept art, sci-fi movies, but also in product design. Ask yourself: ”What if”… It’s about ...
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Ask yourself: “What if” to explore new ideas |TIP78
I accidentally spoiled one of my sketch with water. But it was actually a happy discovery ! Let’s make it our TIP of the Day ! I was drinking a  ...
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Paint with a Gel pen and water |TIP77
I have spent 2 days at Johor Bahru in Malaysia. One of the main street was under renovation using huge machines that I have never seen before. I came closer ...
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Feed your memory of forms |TIP76
Few weeks ago, I discovered the Urban sketchers work. I decided to do my own sketchwalk at Malacca for 2 days ! That’s how I came back home with more ...
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All the TIPS I learned about watercolours in 2 days at Malacca
Take the term hacking as a positive idea. You want to promote yourself, not “selling yourself”. Once again, be yourself. I will share with you some tips on how to ...
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14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence
In the previous article I talked about turning your portfolio into your best marketing weapon. I also brought up the idea that a portfolio is made firstly to be your ...
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9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview
People who are used to take the subway may spend 20, 30, 40 minutes inside per day. How many of us spend most of our time looking at the screen ...
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In the subway, don't look at your phone. Sketch! |TIP75
Tonight, I was back at Tokyu Hands to buy the PILOT Parallel. And I end bringing back home 2 extra pens for Chinese calligraphy. (Impulsive buying) The nibs are actually ...
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Keep in mind to draw an eye as a sphere |TIP74
Let’s draw a modern tea pot that actually looks like a bottle. From the side view, the body is symmetrical. The difficulty here is to draw the sides curves symmetrical. ...
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TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis
Today, I felt like a kid in a toy shop at Tokyu Hands. It’s a Japanese store that sell all kind of house ware, cosmetics, traveller, decoration, and hundreds of ...
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Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73
Drafting the content for the sketching video tutorial, I took a break and sketched some Concept art thumbnails. It was fun ! I would recommend to draw your thumbnails without ...
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Draw thumbnails skipping the details|TIP72
The Ghost drawing is a simple and powerful technique
that will help you make better sketches
all along your Design journey. When you are a beginner, you feel intimidated.
He ...
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What is Ghost drawing? | TIP 71
Last week-end, my girl friend organized a vintage pop-up store from her online shop Aulapinnoir.com at Arterial Cafe in Singapore. The theme was “A French Affair”. You would find some ...
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Draw with a fountain pen|TIP70
Some of you following the Design Sketchbook blog are getting exciting design job interviews in great companies! I wish you all the best of luck! When looking for an internship ...
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How to Make your Portfolio (a Marketing Weapon)
Last night I was bothered, because I couldn’t draw. I felt that whatever stroke I put on the canvas, It was not correct. It often happens when I try new ...
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Failing better |TIP69
This tutorial contains few tips. You will see how to change the colours at the step 9 of this tutorial. Today I still carry on the popular Japanese warriors: the ...
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Photoshop > Change colour in a second! |TIP68

CHOUTAC CHUNG - Samurai Robot Last night, I was trying some brushes in Photoshop. I tried a brush that remind me the quality line of one of my pen, the ...
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How to activate Photoshop pen pressure |TIP67
It was about 4 am, I couldn’t sleep and I bumped on Chanqueen watercolour arts.  I was enjoying looking at her sketches that bring some colourful lights in my head ...
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Watercolours: Use blank surface at your advantage |TIP66
I would like to share with you about THE URBAN SKETCHERS. I heard about them for the first time during my last trip in Penang in Malaysia. I unfortunately didn’t ...
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Do you know the urban sketchers?
Today around the world sketch take place in Taipei, capital of Taiwan. An island located south of China and Japan. Walking in the streets, you could breath the mix of ...
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When to draw with 1 or 2-point perspective? |TIP65
Yeahh!! I am the happy owner of a Cintiq 22HD Touch for 10 days already. However, the Wacom Cintiq 22HD is really bulky, and I needed to upgrade my working ...
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My Ikea workspace to draw with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD
Let’s look at some inspiration pictures of Milan. I quite like the repetition of pillars along the shops. To sketch these one with accuracy, I will start by showing you ...
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How to draw pillars in perspective ? |TIP64
Last month I was in Penang, Malaysia. I took my sketchbook and sketched outside what I saw. This week I decide to try reaching the next level. Instead of reproducing ...
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Do not skip your perspective lines |TIP63
Today drawing is an organic dragon head. I was randomly doodling and get slowly absorbed into it. So I totally forgot to take intermediate screenshot to share with you guys ...
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Draw a dragon with the symmetry tool | Sketchbook pro |TIP62

Drawing with fluid lines will give life to your sketches. Sketching with fluid lines is an expression I especially like. I like to experiment it in different field such ...
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Sketch with fluid lines |TIP61

These days I am looking at some pictures of Evangelion. I am quite sensitive to this mix of organic and machines. So I started something trying to keep it ...
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Photoshop > Start sketching with a big canvas |TIP60
This article is not a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD review trying to give a mark to the product. It’s just a share of my first impression and real experience with ...
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My first day and impressions of my Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch
I have just acquired a new Wacom Cintiq 22 HD tablet. I though I would get used to it quickly, I was wrong. It took me few hours to get ...
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Just started with a digital tablet? Don't panic |TIP59
Today a quick tutorial on how to make a head. TIP 58 Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine.
Start by a circle and a symmetry axis to roughly ...
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Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine |TIP58
TIP 57 Make your object levitate adding a distant shadow on the ground A 6 minutes video to see my sneaker drawing process. I love making my objects levitating. It ...
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How to make your sneaker sketch stand out with a simple shadow |TIP57
Following the article about the Book written by Chris Lefteri, Manufacturing techniques for Product Design, I would like to precise an essential notion that any aspiring designer needs to know. ...
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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs
Let me share with you guys a book I bought a couple of years ago. It’s about Manufacturing for product designer. MAKING IT, from Chris Lefteri. Chris Lefteri made this ...
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Making it Manufacturing techniques for Product design
Bigger is our drawings, bigger our mistakes appear! I know how we feel at the start. We are not used to drawing big, and we are not confident at doing ...
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Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56

Remember to set up in HD ! An extra video of an Adidas sketch I did at Georges White Coffee at Penang Island in Malaysia. If you have already read ...
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3min video sketching an Adidas wedge
It was 2pm. I was looking for a nice spot to sketch. So I decided to go to the Jetty for the awesome view of the sea. However I underestimated ...
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Get a nice Urban sketching spot at the right time |TIP55
Do you know that drawing is also about motivation management? I recommend to do not go into details too early. It is tempting but you need to resist. Work first ...
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Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes |TIP54
I was sketching some buildings of Penang, A family stopped by and congratulate me on that drawing. It is always touching. Then a local men whose name is Joo, sat ...
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Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements! |TIP53

HAPPY DIPAVALI ! Today is the day of light in India. I am now in Penang, Malaysia where the Indian community is quite huge here. Despite of the rain ...
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Look at people you draw, don't be shy |TIP52
I was chilling at Georges Town White Coffee. A beautiful Coffee built in a 100 years old house at Penang, Malaysia. That city is one of the Unesco World heritage ...
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2min Two video SKETCHING Y-3 ADIDAS Sneakers
I started to take a bad habit. Looking ay my phone or Ipad when I get bored. And it happens multiple times in a day. Besides that, I am also ...
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How To Draw And Never Get Bored (For $1)!

This is an essential skill that a designer need to train. If you want to be able to draw things fast and create from your own imagination, think in ...
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Train your 3D vision seeing anything in transparency |TIP50
When you start drawing, your are often more focused on making a beautiful picture than getting a great idea. There is nothing much wrong about it as an artist. But ...
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Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art |TIP49
During my first year of Product Design school, we had a quite particular class: Live Nude model sketch. I was browsing Instagram pictures. And I noticed the pictures of Suicide ...
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Sketch sensual body postures to improve your product design sketching (Live posture)|TIP48
Before going to sleep, I doodled a bit without much thinking. I guess I was starting dreaming. TIP #47 Doodle randomly to explore new shapes
Little by little, some shapes ...
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Make random doodle to explore new shapes |TIP47
I am following the sneaker magazine ConceptKicks since I am student. A bit of story: This site showcases some student and professional designer artwork in the sneaker industry. It inspired ...
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Take great inspiration from catwalks |TIP46
TIP #45 Have FUN when you draw !! CHOUTAC CHUNG – THE MINION INVADERS All started with some random circles. I was wondering what to draw, and suddenly, some Minions ...
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Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions! | TIP45
TIP #44 When aN idea pop up, Don’t wait for getting the whole picture. make SOME rough sketch, and carry on from there.
Chou-Tac Chung - Strong bagpack, 2014 ...
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Quick idea, quick sketch, deep research |TIP44
Learning how to draw seams to be already quite tough. Then we should learn without erasing and correcting ? Why ?
As a beginner, you start learning with basic shapes ...
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No rubber to learn faster |TIP43
Thank you Adrien W. for telling me about Darren Quach. He’s an amazing concept artist. I found his Instagram account: dqsketches and his work really inspired me. I remember at ...
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To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |TIP41


LASALLE – SINGAPORE First off, I’d recommend that you visit multiple schools and make sure you learn their general philosophy and approach to design. If their philosophy doesn’t jive ...
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Q: How do I know if a design school is good?
Spot existing color palettes around you To choose a color combination seems not that easy. However, here is a simple trick that the fashion industry commonly uses without using Colour ...
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How Designers create beautiful Color Palettes easily
TIP #40 Test your marker combination - Side by side and superposed. If it looks nice, go ahead ! Chou-Tac ChungColor combination test What’s your favourite combination ...
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Test your marker colour combination |TIP40
I realized that Basic essentials is what people need the most. How about I publish more articles and TIPS for beginners ? TIP#39 to make a perfect round circle, do ...
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To make a perfect circle, check your elbow |TIP39
How to Start a Portfolio Most schools will ask you for a portfolio in order to see some of your previous work. But not everyone has a chance to be ...
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Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?
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 ...
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The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school
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 ...
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How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38
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 ...
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What is the best drawing software now?
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 ...
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Fashion cow boy drawing

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 ...
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The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire
"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, ...
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I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?
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 ...
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Draw anything from any angle |TIP34
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 ...
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Conquer your fear of failure|TIP33
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 ...
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Taschen design books - Chairs and Design
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 ...
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Greater croquis with a color lead
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” ...
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How to be more creative thinking like Google|TIP30
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 ...
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When basics become instinct |TIP29

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. ...
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Doodle easy with bender |TIP28


Street Fighter II x Futurama
I grew up playing Street Fighter. It was one of my favorite inspiration.

Still having Bender in my mind, How about mixing them ?

Capcom ...
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HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27
  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 ...
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Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26
It takes about 4 hours to go to Annecy from Paris by TGV (300km/hour High-speed train). The landscape displayed fast behind the windows. It’s beautiful, but it’s actually quite redundant ...
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How to Doodle note easily | TIP 24 - 25
There is some days that we feel we can’t draw.
You may still try, but your sketches are still not as good as usual. It may be too early ...
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WARM UP |TIP23
I don’t remember when was the last time I draw some buildings in Paris. I went to the 1st floor of a Starbucks, and sat in one of their comfy ...
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ADD PEOPLE IN YOUR DRAWING |TIP22
When I saw the Samsung Note Pro 12.2, I couldn’t resist drawing something on it. (See at the bottom of this page) The tablet carries a customized version of Sketchbook ...
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To buy a drawing digital tablet, don't believe in the specs |TIP21

Chou-Tac ChungArachnid Creature, 2014 TIP 20 Make an impressive creature in a second Insert a small human silhouette as a scaling measure. Few pen strokes will do ...
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A TRICK TO MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE CREATURE IN A SECOND |TIP20
I am fascinated by the tool “Vertical Symmetry” of Sketchbook Pro.
You draw a half, and the software trace the second half automatically in real time. Wondering what to ...
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Get inspired by nature |TIP19
Let’s study a transparent BIC ballpoint pen Cristal cap. In a previous post, we saw how to draw a reflection on flat and transparent surfaces. Now, it’s about transparent volume ...
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How to draw a transparent object with light reflection in 3 steps| TIP18
 TIP 17 Don’t be a fool. Be happy. Filter the information which tries to come into your brain. Decide what you want to see, hear, eat, feel.  Focus on your ...
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DON’T BE A FOOL. BE A HAPPY DESIGNER! |TIP17
Chilin at the airport, I made a stop at the IT store. I saw the latest Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch digital tablet - with a sensitive pen pressure ...
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Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Digital Tablet Review
Last night I took the plane from Saigon to Singapore. Landing around midnight, I stayed overnight at the airport chilling around. 19 hours of transit was in front of me ...
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How to catch an instant of life drawing people | TIP15

I noticed the overhead electricity wires and high voltage power lines from my balcony. They are such in an organized mess. It looks complicated, so why not give it ...
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PERFECT LINES WITH SKETCHBOOK PRO| GET INSPIRED LOOKING AROUND YOU |TIP 13 - 14
Theories that explain "How to draw the interaction between light and glass surfaces" are complex and can take a lot of time to fully explain. For now, we’ll approach things ...
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How to draw light reflection in 4 steps
If you wonder what is a "Shoe Last", it might be the reason why you can't draw any great shoe yet from imagination. A shoe is hard to draw for ...
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HOW TO DRAW SHOES EASY? SKETCH A "LAST"
Yesterday I went to the hospital for a body check-up in Saigon. I checked my hung, liver, stomach, blood, cholesterol, diabetes, and so on... In the end, the doctor said ...
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Doodle on Post-it anywhere |TIP10
The earphone is a great subject for sketching various forms. They could be organic or minimalist. Today is just a quick sketch of an earphone that got a flat wire ...
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How to get a more sensitive pen with Sketchbook Pro? (For heavy-wrist sketchers)
Being not satisfied with the previous “Sketch 5 | Concept diving mask”, I decided to sketch a new version of it. Sketching on a graphic tablet is not only about ...
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Sketch on a digital tablet with keyboard shortcut | TIP 6 - 7
Even if I have spent quite some time on that sketch, I am not really fan of it.
I was trying too hard hiding my mistakes by overloading it ...
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Set up a high resolution file with Sketchbook Pro |TIP5
TIP 4 Assemble a body armour An armour can cover and hide a high percentage of the body. Visualize well the body below, it will help you to assemble that ...
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How to assemble a women body armour |TIP4
Today I've just get a set of 30 twin markers. The brand is TOUCHLIIT.
My friend gave me a warm recommendation of them. Let's try them! The sketches are ...
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DRY YOUR MARKER |TIP3

At Cuc Gach Quan, Saigon - I discovered a mix modern and antique restaurant. The walls, props decoration has been preserved from decades. Bowls, spoon, wood chopsticks are authentic ...
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BE INSPIRED BY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES |TIP2

Last night I received a call.
My friend told me that I should draw something that I am not used to. That it would be a great start for ...
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SKETCH THE WORLD ! |TIP1
Being a designer means spending your entire life learning from the things around you. Observe, analyze, and imagine as often as you can in order to better understand your environment ...
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LEARN 1 TIP A DAY WITH THE 365 KEEP SKETCHING CHALLENGE !

A thorough understanding of perspective is indispensable for a solid foundation in drawing. Remember: Perspective is a highly effective tool for visual communication Perspective establishes a 3D image, representing ...
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Use a killer perspective for your sketch
A designer needs to be good at visual communication. In order to defend his ideas and convince his audience.  Best presentation boards are the one which doesn’t need the presence ...
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How to convince your audience with your sketches |Line weight
“A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.”, Michaelangelo It’s often said that the artist Michelangelo was a genius. If his art is so impressive, it’s because he ...
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Learn how to draw smarter with Michelangelo!
Before beginning this tutorial, I suggest you to refer to “Be a pro at dot-to-dot mastering straight lines” HOW DO I DO 25 CM STRAIGHT LINES
  • Turn the paper 45 ...
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  • 25cm straight lines without ruler
    Remember, draw your lines in a clean way. Begin cleanly, and end cleanly. Meaning, try to keep even pressure and speed from beginning to end. I show you a hatching ...
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    How do I draw good hatching?
    How to draw straight-line without a ruler It may seem easy to some people, and downright difficult to others. Nevertheless, try not to ignore its importance, because the straight line ...
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    How to draw straight lines (without a ruler)
    How to draw a girl wearing a Nike Tennis outfit in 4 steps Today is a quick tutorial of a Nike Tennis ware fashion illustration. I sketched and render in ...
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    How to draw a girl wearing a Nike Tennis outfit in 4 steps
    A few days ago I was invited to the manga convention Manga Festival, which was hosted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.* * I’m living here for two months. The ...
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    “Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali
    I am completely a ballpoint pen person for drawing. Bics, felt-tipped pens, markers, double-tipped pens, pens with nibs large and small; I have tried hundreds of different types and styles ...
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    Drawing Tips you should know about the ballpoint pen
    The properties of lines are the keystone of a professional designer’s style. For example, you can find certain types of lines that are more likely to be associated with architecture, ...
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    How to draw professional lines like a Designer?
    Just like playing sports or the piano, when you’re drawing it’s essential to pay attention to the body position for drawing, especially the hands and fingers. Most people don’t realize ...
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    Are you drawing with a correct body posture ?