How to Draw a Plug Easy (Block Sketching Technique)

block in perspective to sketch of a plug easy
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 it will open in front of you a door with an infinity of Product sketching possibilities! To follow ...
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Do you have this character trait to succeed (Design career)?

nurture-courage-for-kids
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 will fight daily for your ideas (with your team). A designer faces the superhero journey daily as ...
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So, you (really) want to Become a Designer? | It’s possible.

Designer working at desk with coffee
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 Design Sketchbook blog. : ) Today, I still see plenty of people follow the "Corporate path" instead ...
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8 Reasons Why You Should Sketch Daily (Having Fun!)

Lizard drawing
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 end of this article, you may feel inspired to start drawing daily by tomorrow or even today! ...
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How to Sketch an Easy Reflection Drawing | Beginner level

Easy reflection drawing on coffee carafe
DRAWING TIP-A-DAY CHALLENGE 13/30Related 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 buy. For me, I like to go there to find plenty of design ideas for free!Today I found ...
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How to Draw a Sphere | Easy Shadow

How to draw cast shadow on sphere step by step
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 is made easy:I made it simple for Industrial design beginners to start gaining confidence in sketching with ...
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Publish your drawing portrait on Insta stories (Puppy filter)

Insta Stories puppy filter on my drawing portrait
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 on my portrait drawing, and it worked! DRAWING CHALLENGE TIP-A-DAY 11/30 Follow these 3 simple steps: STEP ...
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How to Draw a Girl Body| Character Design Sketching

How to draw a body - Character Design sketching
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: You have to start by drawing the (nude) body first. Then we will draw the fashion clothing style. Let's see ...
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2 TIPS to improve your drawing skills (even if you are busy)

Drawing people and sneakers at hospital
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 transportation time in the bus or subway, waiting for the doctor, after your lunch you have a ...
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How to Draw with Line-Weight

How to draw line weight - Industrial design sketching
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 delicious. Sometimes, drawing in a cafe helps me to concentrate better for longer hours. Does it make ...
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How to draw like a Concept artist | INSPIRED BY BIKE TECH

How to draw a bike pedal with digital tablet
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 to ride a bike for Food Panda delivery. He has sent to me pretty pictures of his ...
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How to draw a skull easy | Ballpoint pen art

How to draw a skull with ballpoint pen
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 ready to draw anytime.Waiting for my taco to arrive, I want to show you how to draw ...
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How to Draw with Proper Standing Posture

How to draw with proper standing posture
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 the go? To solve this, I found a great accessory to make drawing outside fun and comfortable ...
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5 Tips to find your best ballpoint pen for drawing!

5 Tips to find your best ballpoint pen for drawing!
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 for one with good comfort and that will bring higher results in drawings for your sketchbook! DRAWING ...
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How to Draw an Ellipse Freehand

How to Draw an Ellipse Freehand
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 you are a beginner, drawing basic forms is difficult. You lack confidence, and no matter how much ...
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How to draw Cylinder forms (to create many products)!

How to draw Cylinder forms (to create many products)!
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 in 3 steps, and share with you my sketching tips! TIP 1| Draw with a Papermate Flair ...
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How to draw multiple backpack designs with thumbnails

How to draw BackPack thumbnails
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 fast sketching method to come up with multiple and creative ideas in a very short time. Multiply ...
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8 Student tips to succeed in your art & design school

8 Student tips to succeed in your art & design school
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 Tips got helped her to pass her entrance exam. My Design School Dream I still remember the ...
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How to draw 3D Cube (with Round Edges)

How to draw 3D Cube (with Round Edges)
Let's learn how to draw round edges from a square base. TOday video tutorial helps you to make more realistic sketches. We will go from the flat study first, so we can extend to perspective easily and step-by-step. >> Click here to get started step-by-step! ...
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The 5 mind shifts to keep up and succeed in your Design school!

The 5 mind shifts to keep up and succeed in your Design school!
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 may know I did work for Adidas and other shoe design companies in other countries. I will ...
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How to become an Industrial designer | in 7 questions

How to become an Industrial designer | in 7 questions
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 channel about Industrial Design. And he also has shared these questions with other YouTube channel designers. Alright, ...
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A trick for artists and designers to beat the blank page

A trick for artists and designers to beat the blank page
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 blank page on the screen. How to beat the Blank page syndrome? For years, I thought copying ...
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6 steps to be Extra-Ordinary

6 steps to be Extra-Ordinary
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 today how to get rid of this failing repeating pattern to get into a virtuous loop to ...
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Sketch people with loose lines (drawing with my Ipad)

Sketch people with loose lines (drawing with my Ipad)
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 ice and sit outside to sketch with my Ipad Pro and Pencil. I put the earphone with ...
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How to Start Drawing now | Overcome Procrastination

How to Start Drawing now | Overcome Procrastination
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 like that "Resistance". Something that pulls us away from our goal or passion by making excuses. "I start tomorrow! ...
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4 Steps to draw “Creative Doodle Bags”

4 Steps to draw "Creative Doodle Bags"
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 render): https://www.thedesignsketchbook.com/how-to-multiply-your-ideas-with-the-random-product-technique/ Chou-Tac Chung: Hey guys, So welcome to Thedesignsketchbook.com and today we will draw 4 in ...
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Go from bored at home to Creative drawings

Go from bored at home to Creative drawings
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 there are 2 kinds of boredom: The "Passive Boredom" when you watch movies and scroll social media ...
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How to Draw a Cube | Fast and Easy (from Imagination)

How to Draw a Cube | Fast and Easy (from Imagination)
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 from any viewpoints and from any directions and we are going to get this x y z ...
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How to Draw Products Design Easy (Starting with Simple Forms!)

How to Draw Products Design Easy (Starting with Simple Forms!)
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 how to create your own products from scratch. So remember to click on the bell to subscribe ...
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Go Museum to Sketch (with your iPad)

Go Museum to Sketch (with your iPad)
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 with about 3 weeks late. I was in quarantine for 14 days with a limited connection in ...
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How to be in the top 10% student (School of Art and Design)

How to be in the top 10% student (School of Art and Design)
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 less... and you will face plenty of obstacles on the way to graduation. Let me show you ...
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How to stop procrastinating

How to stop procrastinating
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 tells you "It's ok. I'll start tomorrow". You know tomorrow will be tomorrow again and again... The power ...
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From sketching 3 Simple Forms to Product Design!

From sketching 3 Simple Forms to Product Design!
------ Hey guys, I'm Chou-Tac. So let's see how to draw simple forms to products. I'm going to show you in this video, one of the main principle of Product Design Sketching on how to create your own products from scratch. So remember to Click on the ...
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How to Draw Sneaker design with a Dynamic style! (with your ballpoint pen)

How to Draw Sneaker design with a Dynamic style! (with your ballpoint pen)
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 more free tutorials. From Static to dynamic Sneaker Sketch Design Okay so in today's video we are ...
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As a designer, always back up your work station with that…

As a designer, always back up your work station with that...
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 I could prevent it, and I wanna share with you how you can protect your work station as well ...
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Create your own luck to “get your ticket” to become an Industrial Designer

Create your own luck to "get your ticket" to become an Industrial Designer
"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 student people told me:  "You are so lucky! Your are very creative studying in a design school!".  ...
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1 Tip (nobody do) to stand out for your Design job application

1 Tip (nobody do) to stand out for your Design job application
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. : ) I wish you to accomplish all your projects that you heart so much. Today, I wanna share ...
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Get your motivation lifted with book title starting by: “The art of…”

Get your motivation lifted with book title starting by: "The art of..."
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 to the Movie corner under "Entertainement" and find the hidden gems for designer inspiration! Every time I go ...
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How to draw a USB Charger on iPad Pro (with the app Morpholio Trace)

How to draw a USB Charger on iPad Pro (with the app Morpholio Trace)
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 the link in the description below to make your first steps in perspective. All right to get ...
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5 TIPS to disconnect… focus better and eliminate procrastination as a designer

5 TIPS to disconnect... focus better and eliminate procrastination as a designer
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, tablet, computer, at home. But color pencil, paper and a TV with 6 channels. Oh... I am ...
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How to Draw a 3D Cube, Sphere and Cylinder (Step-By-Step)

How to Draw a 3D Cube, Sphere and Cylinder (Step-By-Step)
Today is sunny and happy like I love!I've prepared for you a video tutorial about the 3 basics of design sketching: The cube The sphere The cylinder I show you a step-by-step ID sketching method. So you learn how to draw them easily! If you are a true-beginner, ...
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How to draw an electric Shaver Philips (with the Pilot Twin Marker)! / TIP 258

How to draw an electric Shaver Philips (with the Pilot Twin Marker)! / TIP 258
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 register to the Waiting list to get the latest news. Today we are going to draw an ...
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How to progress faster using the Copy-Doodle technique! / TIP 257

How to progress faster using the Copy-Doodle technique! / TIP 257
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. :)) Stay tuned!One of the "Super power" of a designer is to draw form imagination FAST.But before being able to ...
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Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256

Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256
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! The architecture design of the museum is sensual with its curvy shape. Isn't it? You can see ...
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How to sketch better and faster your Product Design (with the Y-axis)

How to sketch better and faster your Product Design (with the Y-axis)
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 Tripod, for our tutorial of the day: how to draw with the Y-axis. I'm going to draw ...
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My first “Concepts app” sketching Tips on iPad Pro / TIP 254

My first "Concepts app" sketching Tips on iPad Pro / TIP 254
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 all, I have here a very special glove which is going to help me to solve one ...
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Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)

Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)
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 the new functions and trying to adapt or change our sketching habits. But sketching at night makes ...
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How to draw with Contour lines and draw faster, cleaner, better (Your first steps) TIP 252

How to draw with Contour lines and draw faster, cleaner, better (Your first steps) TIP 252
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 invite you to download the designer starter kit. And you can get the link in the description ...
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Participate in #Productober | Inktober for Industrial Designers!

Participate in #Productober | Inktober for Industrial Designers!
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 develop positive drawing habits. Since his challenge has been deployed worldwide! Every October of the year, Jake Parker ...
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How to make “Luck a skill” and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250

How to make "Luck a skill" and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250
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 or job. They went to Nike in Portland, Louis Vuitton in Paris, Toyota in Tokyo, Adidas in ...
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Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249

Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249
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? So no one can see your things? Hiding is the best way to protect ourselves from critics ...
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NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248

NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248
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 the deadline. You finish your task last minute with intense stress as you may: Not deliver on ...
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What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247

What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247
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 favorite selection to find concentration and gain in productivity? Tell us in the comments! Because music can ...
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7 Clichés about Designers / TIP 246

7 Clichés about Designers / TIP 246
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 realize the same questions come up. That there is plenty of clichés about you as a designer ...
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Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245

Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245
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 pouting baby. I was very excited to meet her again because we are very different​, but have ...
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6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244

6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244
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! We saw in the previous TIP 243 that too many design students hide their sketching weakness by relying ...
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Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243

Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243
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 porfolio ends poor in ideas... Today, let me show you why as an aspiring Product designer, you should ...
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Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242

Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242
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 spend "wrongly" your time. Most people don't realise how they could spend it in non important activities ...
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“How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?” / TIP 241

"How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?" / TIP 241
"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 a Designer. You shouldn't think by hours... Why? Because that doesn't put you in the right mindset ...
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How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240

How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240
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 exciting to join a design school next September!", "I have just been hired by a design company!" ...
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Are you ready for the “90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge”?

Are you ready for the "90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge"?
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 only about techniques. But also about daily Motivation, Inspiration and Dedication.All together will build your great skills and boost you to sketch every day!Why? Because Regularity ...
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My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro

My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro
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 software is minimalist. And it helps you draw with dynamic lines! I am glad to discover that ...
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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)

Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)
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 inspiring designer, you dream is to create a better life for people. You want to draw your own ...
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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)

Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)
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 a cosy place to stay ! We started to moved in already. Many things are still missing ...
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How to draw from imagination (with Basic perspective)

How to draw from imagination (with Basic perspective)
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 impossible for her. She thought that Drawing is a talent that: "We born with it" or "We ...
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How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235

How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235
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 I'm going to help you with today. I do use Hatching in all my sketches : Faster ...
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Let’s sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)

Let's sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)
If you follow me for a while, you know how I invite you to explore diverse sketching style to build up your own as a Designer. If like me you like the Marvel and DC, you might like today video 🙂 ...
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24 Drawing Tips to raise your Product Design skills

24 Drawing Tips to raise your Product Design skills
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 about tools and found out an interesting cordless grinder. I like its mechanical features. I share with ...
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12 Tips to succeed in your design presentation | For introvert

12 Tips to succeed in your design presentation | For introvert
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 my design school. When I had to talk in front of my classmates, it was so intimidating ...
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36 Sneaker Sketching TIPS | 7m. Drawing Challenge!

36 Sneaker Sketching TIPS | 7m. Drawing Challenge!
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 to complete the 7-meter canvas in 4 days. It's an amazing experience I recommend you to do once ...
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How to make big progress with Sketching Challenge ?

How to make big progress with Sketching 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" !  Yes ! it is about 4 times my height ! Ohoh !! (I am 1,80m) A while ago ...
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A simple trick to draw sneakers more real | TIP 229

Sneaker drawn by Amor Jiménez // Loveworks_design
Hello Design Sketchers! Last year I met Amor Jiménez in Madrid. 🙂 I met him in real while eating croquetas in his home country! We were sketching on the coffee shop table with Antonio and Pedro Luis. We all have in common the passion for design and Sneaker ...
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7 TIPS to stop procrastinating in 2019 and start your designer dream with love !

7 TIPS to stop procrastinating in 2019 and start your designer dream with love !
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 don't even wanna look for "HOW" to get it. : /  Do they really want it ? I ...
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How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B. / TIP 227

How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B. / TIP 227
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 Like The Pros.) As you may also wonder the same question, I wanted to share with you ...
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10 Easy tips to start drawing (in your sketchbook)

10 Easy tips to start drawing (in your sketchbook)
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 the pages of your drawings today! 🙂 If you wonder "How to make a sketchbook", Daniel shares ...
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Drawing Urban Sketching in Vietnam for a documentary! |Travel Sketchbook

Drawing urban sketching in vietnam temple sitting on the floor
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! . . Let me share with you what I learned from it, and how it can help you sketch more ...
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Why you should become a Product Designer now – Jongho LEE (SAMSUNG Art and Design Institute)

Why you should become a Product Designer now - Jongho LEE (SAMSUNG Art and Design Institute)
        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 a precious point of view about Why you should become a Product Designer now. : )  He ...
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Drawing with ARTBOOKS CHALLENGE #1 / Inkwork by Darren Quach

Drawing with ARTBOOKS CHALLENGE #1 / Inkwork by Darren Quach
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 sketches and innovation for Back To the Future II, Disney, MARVEL... that inspire nowadays creation such as ...
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How to draw New products in 3 steps with this simple creative technique

How to draw New products in 3 steps with this simple creative technique
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 draw. : P If you face the blank page or feel afraid of sketching, I invite you ...
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How to start drawing in perspective with this New drawing tool!

How to start drawing in perspective with this New drawing tool!
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 volumes using ISOMETRIC perspective: The MICRODOT®. 🙂  If you love it and wanna receive your own MICRODOT® (international delivery) from ...
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How a Designer become more creative looking for “Problems” !

How a Designer become more creative looking for "Problems" !
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 the 24-hours Automatic laundrymat. My clothes are turning in the machine like inside an infinite rollercoaster. It's ...
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How bad do you want to be a Product designer ?

How bad do you want to be a Product designer ?
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 YES people from my small town can rise to become Champion of the Football World cup ! ...
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How to draw Straight lines (with confidence in 4 exercises) | BASIC SKETCHING

How to draw Straight lines (with confidence in 4 exercises) | BASIC SKETCHING
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 no matter how much effort you put in. A good way to improve from start is to ...
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5 reasons why you should NOT start learning to sketch with a Graphic tablet (but with a ball point pen)

5 reasons why you should NOT start learning to sketch with a Graphic tablet (but with a ball point pen)
How are you today ? . . Summer holiday period is starting ! : ) I hope you are crazy boosted for enjoying this free time for what you love: Sketching ! And get a great practice before going back to your Design school in September. . If ...
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How to make your character design attractive and interesting ?

How to make your character design attractive and interesting ?
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 to create Character design ? The whole idea is to make interesting features pop out. To do ...
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How to become more creative? (Tips from the artist: Renata)

How to become more creative? (Tips from the artist: Renata)
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 ideas. That's our topic of the day in the artist interview above! I made this video with ...
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2 reasons why a mom encourages her son to become a designer

2 reasons why a mom encourages her son to become a designer
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 support her son’s interest for drawing to become a Designer. But before sharing with you the 2 ...
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No time for sketching? How designers draw anywhere! (TOKYO, JAPAN)

No time for sketching? How designers draw anywhere! (TOKYO, JAPAN)
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 scene of a daily designer routine. You will see that it is actually plenty of fun when you stop ...
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21 Drawing Tips on How to Make a Designer Sketchbook

21 Drawing Tips on How to Make a Designer Sketchbook
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 my online course Sketch Like The Pros. Antonio did show me one-to-one his sketchbook, and he generously ...
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How to draw a Camera | Go Pro

How to draw a Camera | Go Pro
HOW TO DRAW A CAMERA | GO PRO | BALLPOINT PEN SKETCHING Hello! I often receive messages of aspiring designerswho do not dare to sketch and are worried about making mistakes.   To help you overcome this fear, I am giving a 7-day sketching challenge to my ...
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Portfolio application for Design school // with Art Center LIVE Q&A CHAT // Take some notes !!

Portfolio application for Design school // with Art Center LIVE Q&A CHAT // Take some notes !!
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 Q and A chats. We have the followers of the Designs Sketchbook Blog and we have ART ...
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Live chat with Art Center College of Design Pasadena |Portfolio, school, career.

Live chat with Art Center College of Design Pasadena |Portfolio, school, career.
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 you are so beautiful with. 😀 Live Chat with Art Center College of Design I remember how ...
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What it takes to become a Designer| Dwayne Vance | Designer Coffee Chat #2

What it takes to become a Designer| Dwayne Vance | Designer Coffee Chat #2
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 because of a sentimental attachment for the products he created at Hot Wheels! To know more about ...
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A great lesson of design learned from Guillaume Bouvet, a custom made furniture designer

A great lesson of design learned from Guillaume Bouvet, a custom made furniture designer
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 designer approach their projects taking information about the users only on Google, statistics or their own perception ...
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How to draw cylinders in any angles with the “Packaging box” technique

How to draw cylinders in any angles with the "Packaging box" technique
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 in 3D, then cylinders. We'll go straight to the point, so I recommend you to get started ...
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How to draw Sneakers in 3D |live demo

How to draw Sneakers in 3D |live demo
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 whole night, we talk about design, sketching... Then, Antonio asked me if I could show him how ...
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How to Get Started in Design Sketching (Question from Omar)

How to Get Started in Design Sketching (Question from Omar)
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 from beginners that you should stop doing to progress much faster as a product designer. Feel free ...
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Perspective drawing starts easy (with 3d planes)

Perspective drawing starts easy (with 3d planes)
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 Perspective below: 1-point perspective drawing tutorial 2-point perspective drawing tutorial Gain speed in drawing starting your sketch ...
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9 sketching tips for beginners drawing a Power Bank (with Vietdong)

9 sketching tips for beginners drawing a Power Bank (with Vietdong)
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 do a quick demo giving you 9 sketching tips for beginners, drawing a Power bank. 🙂 See ...
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How to stop sketching flat in 2D and start drawing in 3d volumes

How to stop sketching flat in 2D and start drawing in 3d volumes
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 I did in London last week-end - where I had a dinner with one of my student, ...
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How to draw an infinity of products with ellipses and cylinders.

How to draw an infinity of products with ellipses and cylinders.
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 Starter Kit (PDF) FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/thedesignsketchbook INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/thedesignsketchbook To contact me, simply send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com 🙂 What the Designer ...
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How about Vlogging for the Design Sketchbook ? 🙂

How about Vlogging for the Design Sketchbook ? :)
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 ! I am happy to say I am preparing more videos, more tutorials, designer interviews from around ...
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The big mistake we all do during a design job interview.

The big mistake we all do during a design job interview.
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 or internship interview. Too many junior fail at doing that following mistake during an interview, which is ...
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How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching?

How long should I practice per day to be good at sketching?
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 least 15 minutes per session to get into it. Which means it is the minimum needed to ...
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How Kasra progress fast in design sketching

How Kasra progress fast in design 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 drawing more often and keep looking at what techniques they were using. This is why today, I ...
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How to draw Amazing 3D Cubes!|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 3/3

How to draw Amazing 3D Cubes!|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 3/3
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! Today, It is time progress even further on the last part of the CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE (Part ...
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Draw hundreds of cubes easy|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 2/3

Draw hundreds of cubes easy|CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 2/3
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, but also how to draw them in all directions! If you are a true-beginner, remember to download ...
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How to draw 3D cubes | CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 1/3

How to draw 3D cubes | CUBE MANIA CHALLENGE 1/3
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 techniques I’ll show you stroke by stroke. They are so simple that anyone can understand and put ...
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How Parker Liang became one of the top design sketcher of his class (and impress his classmates!)

How Parker Liang became one of the top design sketcher of his class (and impress his classmates!)
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 one of the Top sketcher of his class ! YahoO !! How did he achieved this ? ...
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The softwares industrial designers use ?

The softwares industrial designers use ?
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 my response. First of all, depending on which field you choose among the industrial design, you may ...
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Anyone with GOOD LOGIC can learn how to sketch. See why.

Anyone with GOOD LOGIC can learn how to sketch. See why.
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 ! :). Last night, we arrived at a new apartment near Namba area, we rented for few days ...
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No time for drawing? How to unlock 5 months per year!

No time for drawing? How to unlock 5 months per year!
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. Have you ever said: "I have no time to draw." - "I feel guilty, I procrastinate and ...
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What matter more than sketching or creativity skills to grow like crazy.

What matter more than sketching or creativity skills to grow like crazy.
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 couple. Vietnam is the 3rd country I met in real life people who follow the Design Sketchbook ...
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Don’t be precious with your sketches | TIP 215

Don’t be precious with your sketches | TIP 215
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. I enjoy going there to chill and eat Kebab. They make the greatest Kebab in town with ...
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Introvert designer? How to make people remember you at networking.

Introvert designer? How to make people remember you at networking.
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 like to. Networking is not natural for us. Let me share with you a simple trick I ...
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“Is the best Pho in France or Vietnam?” How a chat with a local inspires me as a designer.

"Is the best Pho in France or Vietnam?" How a chat with a local inspires me as a designer.
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 with you more about my daily inspiration thoughts or inspiration as a product designer. As I believe ...
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At Basheer Graphics bookstore (Singapore) with John|VIP Sketch Like the Pros member

At Basheer Graphics bookstore (Singapore) with John|VIP Sketch Like the Pros member
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 up and say hello. 🙂 He's from China, and moved to Singapore for work. It is the first ...
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How a young candidate “beat” skilled designers – and get hired.

How a young candidate "beat" skilled designers - and get hired.
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 in Singapore) my colleague needed to hire someone to join her team. But she had to go ...
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How I survived my design school and get my dream job.

How I survived my design school and get my dream job.
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 to make us overwhelmed, to see if we could manage the intense pressure and workload? I could ...
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How to draw a box with a hole in perspective |TIP 208

How to draw a box with a hole in perspective |TIP 208
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 more TIPS, advice, insights from designers, and interviews to help you during your design journey. I do ...
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How to succeed interview for your future design school or job

How to succeed interview for your future design school or job
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 I want you to avoid. I divided this in 2 parts: First about the oral presentation of yourself, ...
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How to start your industrial design sketches very light / TIP 206 (for heavy wrist sketchers)

How to start your industrial design sketches very light / TIP 206 (for heavy wrist sketchers)
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 your sketches may tend to look messy. You might have difficulties to finish your sketches, or giving ...
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Draw something you feel shame of is 1000times better than nothing // Interview with Kim, a baker from Seoul

Draw something you feel shame of is 1000times better than nothing // Interview with Kim, a baker from Seoul
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 to do not sketch at all. "It's like Oh I can't sing, so I don't sing. But ...
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The Designer Coffee Chat#1 “I want to draw stuff from the future.” – Michael DiTullo

The Designer Coffee Chat#1 "I want to draw stuff from the future." - Michael DiTullo
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 design industry. Like what Michael DiTullo told me this morning: There is someone behind every object you ...
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Don’t draw for LIKES on Instagram

Don't draw for LIKES on Instagram
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 is another side of the coin if you let yourself get hypnotized by these "virtual numbers of ...
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Design Sketchbook Live #2 | How to draw in perspective!

Design Sketchbook Live #2 | How to draw in perspective!
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 you on Live! Below you can find the replay and practice! We'll cover in 1 hour, these ...
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How to draw perspective easy (with this Sketching Exercise)! | TIP 201

How to draw perspective easy (with this Sketching Exercise)! | TIP 201
    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 any designer or artist to go through if you want to draw well in 3D. It's something ...
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Do you make this sketching mistake with your shoulder posture? TIP 200

Do you make this sketching mistake with your shoulder posture? TIP 200
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 a very simple thing, but worth to mention. . I have received a video from Jasper who ...
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How to draw a light bulb easy| TIP 199

How to draw a light bulb easy| TIP 199
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 thought I could share it with you too! The exercise is about how to draw a light ...
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Don’t play Pokemon Go! Hunt ideas with your pen and your Sketchbook!!| TIP 198

Don't play Pokemon Go! Hunt ideas with your pen and your Sketchbook!!| TIP 198
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 and sketch. I sit, opened my sketchbook and found the unfinish fish below. I decided to complete ...
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3 techniques to give visual impact to your sketches | The Design Sketchbook Show! #1

3 techniques to give visual impact to your sketches | The Design Sketchbook Show! #1
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 would be cool to publish the replay of our Design Sketchbook Show here in the blog ! ...
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How to become a Sports Product Designer | Adidas Performance, UVEX

How to become a Sports Product Designer | Adidas Performance, UVEX
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 at Adidas Headquarters at Herzo. I was working in the footwear department and Noah in the accessory ...
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“Bring your sketch Alive!!” launch + 36 answers to your questions !

"Bring your sketch Alive!!" launch + 36 answers to your questions !
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 much faster but also happier, I have prepared an online course where you will learn how to ...
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73 Things you asked about Design sketching | Part 1 (+ New upcoming Creative program 2017)

73 Things you asked about Design sketching | Part 1 (+ New upcoming Creative program 2017)
The 1st DESIGN SKETCHBOOK SHOW! Live event: Learn how to make greater design and eye-catching sketches joining me on Facebook LIVE! on Wednesday 1st February 2017. Click here to get your Free invitation: https://facebook.com/events/1184847524963001 Hi guys, I hope you had a great day ! Here in Asia, it feels like ...
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How to become a Concept Artist|Edward Eythfor Marvel – Spielberg – Disney – Back to the future II

Marvel retail store drawing - Edward Eyth
  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: Edward Eyth.    He worked on artistic projects for Steven Spielberg, Marvel, Disney, and he did concept ...
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Surround yourself with passionate people to grow your sketching level.

Surround yourself with passionate people to grow your sketching level.
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 a little survey for you: https://goo.gl/forms/hOhjfzpaFci86fpM2 I believe we can achieve anything being happy. However, when we ...
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Invest in yourself first. Don’t always “chase” the latest designer tools.

Invest in yourself first. Don't always "chase" the latest designer tools.
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 doesn't have yet the budget for a Cintiq but she'is interested in an Intuos 3.  Let me ...
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Find a lot of design inspiration at shopping with that simple trick

Find a lot of design inspiration at shopping with that simple trick
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 teacher tell you to go to library, exposition and/or to be observant and get inspired from your ...
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How to install the Ergotron arm on your desk for Wacom Cintiq 22

How to install the Ergotron arm on your desk for Wacom Cintiq 22
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! If you are also a Wacom Cintiq user, I think you are gonna love it!  What is ...
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5 websites designers get inspired to create mood boards

5 websites designers get inspired to create mood boards
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 our ideas on our presentation board. One of the main issues we faced was finding great websites ...
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How to buy a ball point pen for drawing |pen test with Brent George

How to buy a ball point pen for drawing |pen test with Brent George
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 series of test from Brent George, one of my student at Sketch like the Pros did during the ...
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Show all what you got in your design portfolio!

Show all what you got in your design portfolio!
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 with my mind fully awake thinking about writing to guys. And I remembered something when I was ...
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Interview with Vincent Védie, who never gave up to follow his dream as a designer

Interview with Vincent Védie, who never gave up to follow his dream as a designer
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. Today, I am very happy to introduce you my friend, Vincent Védie. We are good friends and ...
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Should I start sketching on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185

Should I start sketching on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185
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 from Yanik, who left a message on one of my video tutorial on Youtube. Oh, I will keep ...
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8 Ways to Build your Confidence as an Industrial Designer

8 Ways to Build your Confidence as an Industrial Designer
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 "How to build your self-confidence". We often hear about self-made success in the business world who succeeded ...
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12 tips to progress faster as a student designer

12 tips to progress faster as a student 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 (in France). How to start in great condition and progress fast? "Hey Erwan, Your question is pretty interesting as it's ...
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Start your sketch with a light pen pressure |TIP 182

Start your sketch with a light pen pressure |TIP 182
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 closest ballpoint pen I see and sketch. Sketching is like practicing sport. Start with a warm up! ...
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Rise your perspective skills dividing a box

Rise your perspective skills dividing a box
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 volume in 3D space. We'll be using simple rule of geometry (division and subdivision) that will help ...
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Car design Tip | Sketch with the “Happy Accident”!

Car design Tip | Sketch with the "Happy Accident"!
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 Car design that I went to ask for information to the transport design students. One of them ...
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How to draw the Nike Air Max | The Sneaker 1 minute sketching tutorial

How to draw the Nike Air Max | The Sneaker 1 minute sketching tutorial
    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 it would be cool to publish the second 1 minute tutorial about How to draw a sneaker ...
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Why starting school as a beginner may give you an unfair advantage?

Why  starting school as a  beginner may give you an unfair advantage?
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 not reflect the one you may apply for. I recommend any student to meet the school, actual students ...
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How to become a Shoe designer? |with Mr. Bailey – Concept Kicks

How to become a Shoe designer? |with Mr. Bailey - Concept Kicks
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) awesome sketches from sneaker designers on his blog. It was a huge influence for me to become a ...
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How to draw a coin | The 1minute tutorial!

How to draw a coin | The 1minute tutorial!
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 ellipse in perspective. STEP #2 An ellipse is always symmetrical. So you can make a try, think ...
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“Don’t focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!” – Roy Pallas | TIP 177

"Don't focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!" - Roy Pallas | TIP 177
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 in person. I am happy to say that his blog is full of generousity and kindness - ...
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Are you a black sheep?

Are you a black sheep?
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 and vinegar. They can't blend. Ok, whatever! But if you blend them well adding a bit of ...
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How Marc became a self-taught toy sculptor and designer | COARSE

How Marc became a self-taught toy sculptor and designer | COARSE
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 & Sven from COARSE. I took the opportunity to have a chat with him and learn a bit ...
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How to succeed your drawings making ugly doodles! | TIP 174

How to succeed your drawings making ugly doodles! | TIP 174
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 to you. TIP: Sketch in the rush!! The sketch below is what I drew just before going ...
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What matter more than years of sketching.

What matter more than years of sketching.
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 a teen. I was sketching at home and school so we could share among friends. At Junior ...
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How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172

How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172
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 it. If you are today at this stage, no panic. It's nothing related to having talent or ...
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Art books are my inspiration Red bull!

Art books are my inspiration Red bull!
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 drawing, calligraphy... It's a paradise of learning content and inspiration. But, Did you know there is an ...
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How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective |Part B

How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective |Part B
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 cylinders on the same scene, like the Buren's column in Paris ...
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How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A

How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A
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 within a cylinder". You can see similar case for a camera lense for example. Below are the ...
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“True inspiration comes from life. Not a pixelated version of it.” – Sir John Hegarty

"True inspiration comes from life. Not a pixelated version of it." - Sir John Hegarty
"Remove the headphones and unplug the computer. True inspiration comes from life. Real life. Not some pixelated version of it." - Sir John Hegarty Anything you see on Internet are flat pictures - but no experience. So you are somehow missing of the "real feel". What you ...
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Want to push your sketching limits? Make it personal | with Leo | TIP 168

Want to push your sketching limits? Make it personal | with Leo | TIP 168
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 cubes - it is pretty unique. More than following the course step-by-step, he spices up his drawing ...
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How drawing helped Ben Go to become a Yacht designer

Grand Blanc Pacific Sketch - Ben Go
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 see from his beginning how he almost dropped school at the age of 16 - fortunately, one ...
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Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167

Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167
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 on her receipt what I saw around me. Basically, the shop Nubox and Subway. What I like ...
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How to draw a sphere (with the XYZ axis) |TIP 166

How to draw a sphere (with the XYZ axis) |TIP 166
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 to draw a sphere in a simple way using the XYZ axis. Before starting, make sure you ...
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Struggling at drawing details? Draw them big! | Sketch from Amy | TIP 165

Struggling at drawing details? Draw them big! | Sketch from Amy | TIP 165
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 from one of my VIP student of [Sketch Like the Pros]. At first, she sketched a camera ...
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The 9 benefits of the 1 minute Sketching Challenge

The 9 benefits of the 1 minute Sketching Challenge
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 will help me improve my skills. I warmly invite you to make a try. Post your sketches ...
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3 rules from Kimon Nicolaides to learn making 1000 mistakes

3 rules from Kimon Nicolaides to learn making 1000 mistakes
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. If you want to learn violon, you have to try, explore and train your ears. So you ...
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Why I might not sketch on Ipad Pro. 🙁

Why I might not sketch on Ipad Pro. :(
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 for years, and I was positively impressed from what I saw online about the Apple tablet. But ...
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Wanna get cool design sketches? (Do not start with details)

Wanna get cool design sketches? (Do not start with details)
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 the previous Adonit Jot pen (Stylus for Ipad) - Apple seams creating something better than the Samsung ...
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Why a good relationship designer/technician counts more than any skill?

Why a good relationship designer/technician counts more than any skill?
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 same, but add in a pinch of creativity! To do that, we have to be ready "to ...
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Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?

Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?
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 had similar experience with Chinese suppliers when I used to work there for the shoe industry. In ...
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When design fusions a cafe and a shop – Bangkok

When design fusions a cafe and a shop - Bangkok
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 dropped by an other taxi at a wrong place. At 1 hour far away from our destination! ...
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Don’t trust your first idea. Keep drawing more!

Don't trust your first idea. Keep drawing more!
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 in design school. Our teachers told us often: "Do not stop at your first idea." As a ...
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Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.

Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.
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 a while at a cafe Paul to sketch. I am preparing the next week course of [Sketch ...
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How I plan to share with you even more!

How I plan to share with you even more!
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 small. I feel like writing an email to you while I actually write an article for the ...
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Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] course| Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression

Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] course| Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression
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 who start as a true-beginner can succeed. No matter your age and initial skill. Lucas is a ...
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13 ways to boost your creativity and productivity as an Industrial designer

13 ways to boost your creativity and productivity as an Industrial designer
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 actively aware of it. To enhance your creativity, don't wait for it. Provoke it! Actively pay attention ...
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Majored in Civil engineering but in love with Design | Interview with Huang Li-Chung, 47yo

Majored in Civil engineering but in love with Design | Interview with Huang Li-Chung, 47yo
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 new orientation to his life. I though it would be great to learn from him – so ...
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New sketching pens ! Love the Signo Uni-Ball colours from Mitsubishi.

New sketching pens ! Love the Signo Uni-Ball colours from Mitsubishi.
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 with the Signo Uni-Ball gel pen showing you some Tips about circles on cubes. If you want ...
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How to draw ellipses in perspective | 7 steps easy tutorial

How to draw ellipses in perspective | 7 steps easy tutorial
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 top, you see a circle. If you hold the cup below your eyes, you'll see an ellipse! ...
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How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD with a simple IKEA accessory

How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD with a simple IKEA accessory
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 ground. So we wouldn’t even need any wheel. Later on, I started to sketch on my Cintiq ...
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How to learn to draw for beginners?

How to learn to draw for beginners?
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 [Sketch like the Pros]. Even though he choose the VIP feedback course, he didn’t dare to show ...
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The youngest student I know studying Design sketching – Interview with Hippolyte Lucas (15yo)

The youngest student I know studying Design sketching - Interview with Hippolyte Lucas (15yo)
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 passion for Design sketching. Today I would to share with you the story of the youngest student ...
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3 Design Tips to get inspired from an abstract painter

3 Design Tips to get inspired from an abstract painter
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). To me, it’s a great way to meet new people and have fascinating discussion with them. When ...
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Create Infinite Drawing Ideas |with the Random Product Technique

Create Infinite Drawing Ideas |with the Random Product Technique
    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 share with you How your brain can think faster and generate unlimited drawing ideas. It is sometimes ...
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Why does a designer need to sketch? | With Nick Huber – Mesh01

Why does a designer need to sketch? | With Nick Huber – Mesh01
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 sketch to be spotted and get hired by the brands. We have today the privilege to receive ...
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How I started design sketching and kept motivated ?

How I started design sketching and kept motivated ?
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 we say "Practice is the key". But they never progress so they conclude they don't have any ...
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How to Draw a Cube with 2-Point Perspective Easy | TIP 155 | VIDEO

How to Draw a Cube with 2-Point Perspective Easy | TIP 155 | VIDEO
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 it is to learn with this tutorial made for beginners. Today, it’s time to learn how to ...
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How to Draw a Cube Easy (1-Point Perspective)| TIP 154 | VIDEO

How to Draw a Cube Easy (1-Point Perspective)| TIP 154 | 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 I made this video to show you stroke-by-stroke how to draw a cube in an easy and ...
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Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | VIDEO

Sharpen your sense of proportion | TIP 153 | 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 elements for a good start in Design sketching. This week we already saw in video: How to ...
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How to draw perfect circles | TIP 152 | VIDEO

How to draw perfect circles | TIP 152 | VIDEO
This week we already saw: How to draw straight lines How to draw perfect squares To carry on your progress on your sketching daily routine, let’s look at How to draw awesome circles ! Video tutorial in pictures below Start drawing a circle Visualise a point of ...
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How to draw perfect square + the common mistakes | TIP 151 | VIDEO

How to draw perfect square + the common mistakes | TIP 151 | 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 free.) VIDEO 2/6 How to draw perfect square. If you have done well the previous tutorial about ...
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How to draw straight lines + the Common mistakes | TIP 150 | VIDEO

How to draw straight lines + the Common mistakes | TIP 150 | 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. You will find there the essentials information needed such as how to hold you pen, the body ...
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Wonder what to draw? Look in your house! | TIP 149 | VIDEO

Wonder what to draw? Look in your house! | TIP 149 | 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 page of plenty of your drawings! Draw your house! If you are looking for drawing cool ideas, pick ...
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Learn drawing by making mistakes

Learn drawing by making mistakes
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 it with you as well? : ) | Do you remember the first day you tried to ...
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How to keep motivated (having poor results) and avoid procrastination ? | TIP 147

How to keep motivated (having poor results) and avoid procrastination ? | TIP 147
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, He from USA, Anze from Slovenia, Mfonkpang from Nigeria, Skirsk from USA for your questions about “How ...
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How to draw an hostel with good proportion | VIDEO |TIP146

How to draw an hostel with good proportion | VIDEO |TIP146
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. I stayed there a couple of night. All the mattress was covered with leopard and zebra print… ...
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“We have to get out of the comfort zone” Interview with an Industrial design student – Nicolas Gomes (France)

"We have to get out of the comfort zone" Interview with an Industrial design student - Nicolas Gomes (France)
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 may be curious to know more about him as much as I am ! 🙂 Tell us ...
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What is the best Ballpoint pen for drawing? | TIP 145

What is the best Ballpoint pen for drawing? | TIP 145
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 our discussion. Besides that, I would be curious to know which one is yours? Tell us in ...
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Love sketching with the Papermate FLAIR M (Medium) | TIP 144

Love sketching with the Papermate FLAIR M (Medium) | TIP 144
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 feel to draw with a brand new pen when the ink is flowing so well. It’s fluid ...
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11 TIPS to get inspired and draw from imagination | Tip 143

11 TIPS to get inspired and draw from imagination | Tip 143
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 ? May I share with you a quote I really like from Leigh Michaels. "Waiting for inspiration ...
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How to join the Jewellery design world? |with Diaset, a Diamond setter for Cartier, Chanel

How to join the Jewellery design world? |with Diaset, a Diamond setter for Cartier, Chanel
How to join the Jewellery design world? | with Diaset, a Diamond setter for Cartier, Chanel ...
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How to choose: Markers or Wacom tablet? |TIP142

How to choose:  Markers or Wacom tablet? |TIP142
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 I still practice with pen and marker by hand ? Hello Daniel, About the markers, if your ...
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How to make your sketches more real |TIP141

How to make your sketches more real |TIP141
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 on. We are going to see something that will change your daily habit when you draw. At ...
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How to draw a Super-Hero (Photoshop) |TIP 140 |VIDEO

How to draw a Super-Hero (Photoshop) |TIP 140 |VIDEO
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 to share with you through this sketch. 1- The vertical axis here is here a symmetry axis ...
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How to Draw a Bottle Easily (Product Design)|TIP 139 |VIDEO

How to Draw a Bottle Easily (Product Design)|TIP 139 |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 the same method to draw any product that is using also the “Revolution”. (In other words, anything ...
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How to start drawing anything better in 4 steps | Random Product technique |Tip138

How to start drawing anything better in 4 steps | Random Product technique |Tip138
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 whom face the Malediction of the Blank page, where you may face these challenges: No inspiration, no ...
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Get a high distinction choosing a great topic | TIP137

Get a high distinction choosing a great topic | TIP137
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 shall meet is the choice of your topic. Make sure it has a great potential, and that ...
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Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO

Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO
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 nib can actually replace the Ultra thin and brush nib. You will learn how to sketch faster, ...
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Why drawing with “UGLY DOODLES”? | Creative technique) | TIP135

Why drawing with "UGLY DOODLES"? | Creative technique) | TIP135
Hello Design Sketchers! Some of you told me about facing these challenges when you start sketching: "My sketches don’t looks good" "It’s not easy to draw from imagination" "I lose my confidence and give up fast" If you are a beginner in Product Design Sketching, this challenging ...
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7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO

7 steps to make dynamic sketches |Tip134 |VIDEO
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 my own style. But to me, this might change and greatly improve the way you sketch, as ...
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How to find your drawing style? |TIP133

How to find your drawing style? |TIP133
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 discuss techniques and design points. Comic, Manga, Concept art, animation artist... Painters, sculptors… The fashion school I used ...
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Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132

Make engaging sketches to your audience| TIP132
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 drawn in that position ? It’s rarely seen in real life. (Raised heel) Adidas sneaker sketch - ...
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How to start digital sketching ? (Material and software)

How to start digital sketching ? (Material and software)
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 humble Graphire* from Wacom I bought from the IT store.  I was so happy to make my ...
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How I bring my IMac 21″ and Wacom Cintiq 22″ by plane! | TIP130

How I bring my IMac 21" and Wacom Cintiq 22" by plane! | TIP130
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 create new tutorials and great content for designers. Keep posted! How to carry iMac on a plane ...
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5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve| TIP129

5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve| TIP129
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 shine. There is nothing wrong about it though. But I believe that sharing knowledge will get you shine ...
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Why you shouldn’t draw the shield first? |TIP128

Why you shouldn’t draw the shield first? |TIP128
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 the Champion: Captain America. MARVEL – Contest of Champions For the TIP today, I would like to ...
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How to spot the horizon and converging lines of a building?

How to spot the horizon and converging lines of a building?
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 give you an observation exercise for designers - to do as often as you want. You can ...
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5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective |TIP126

Guggenheim museum New York City
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 a fundamental technique that Product designers use to sketch from imagination. Saad is an architect who has ...
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Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125

Why being perfectionist will make you fail? |Tip125
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 of us who love Design Sketching have Perfectionism tendencies ? And don’t realise how much it affects ...
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9 Must-see website for industrial designers |Tip124

9 Must-see website for industrial designers |Tip124
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 that I enjoy reading when I was student and still today. I share with you different type ...
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How to Make an Online Portfolio? |TIP 123

How to Make an Online Portfolio? |TIP 123
  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 super easy to publish a portfolio online. There are several platforms that allow designers from different fields ...
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Innovate using your 5 senses |TIP122

Innovate using your 5 senses |TIP122
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 ? Definitely, yes. Nowadays an industrial designer doesn't look only at function and performance - but also emotion ...
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Get Design inspired like a Chef !

Get Design inspired like a Chef !
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 inspiration appear like a bright light from a light bulb. Don’t panic, lacking of inspiration is a ...
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5 phases to present your project to your design company |Tip120

5 phases to present your project to your design company |Tip120
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 your company (or a client), we don’t straight away present a final project. We set up few meetings ...
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How to draw a side view shoe in 3 tips | TIP119

How to draw a side view shoe in 3 tips | TIP119
Shoe drawing is difficult at the start. Wondering how to draw shoes, we often face these 2 issues: the bad shoe proportion, the difficulty to visualize the shoe in “3D”. As well as Palette (Sketchbook for sneakers and lady shoes), I like to use templates before creating ...
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Palette. A Sketchbook for shoe designer |TIP118

Palette. A Sketchbook for shoe designer |TIP118
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 works of pro, beginner or passionate of footwear design – drawing with the Sketchbook Palette. What is ...
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What is sketching and digital tools value in design| Martijn van de Wiel and his class

What is sketching and digital tools value in design| Martijn van de Wiel and his class
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 his sketching class. We did a Skype call in Singapore – Netherland and had a great time ...
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What Art material to buy as a student designer

What Art material to buy as a student designer
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 budget may be quite limited as a student designer. We can't possibly buy everything from the list ...
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Sketch more being more creative in the subway |TIP115

Sketch more being more creative in the subway |TIP115
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 going home. And my classmate asked me: - Hey you never stop drawing ? - Humm yeah ...
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10 Tips to keep up as an Industrial Design student |TIP 114

10 Tips to keep up as an Industrial Design student |TIP 114
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 for an exciting Design journey. I list a number of difficulties or situation you may meet during ...
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7 reasons why designers use Photoshop |TIP113

7 reasons why designers use Photoshop |TIP113
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 in Photoshop to work in the industry ? In the Product or Transport design industry, it usually ...
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Cast shadow | Diverging source light from projectors |Tip112

Cast shadow | Diverging source light from projectors |Tip112
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 or multiple projectors). You are free to use any of these 2 techniques. To illustrate both techniques, ...
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Q/A How to become a footwear designer? | TIP111

Q/A How to become a footwear designer? | TIP111
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 be glad to answer you and share the answer to all of you. Question from Nymul “Hi ...
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How to keep Mr Procrastination away |Tip110

How to keep Mr Procrastination away |Tip110
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 that we need a break. It’s ok. No harm. Just don’t rest with him too long.* We ...
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Cast Shadow | Parallel source of light from the Sun |TIP109

Cast Shadow | Parallel source of light from the Sun |TIP109
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 ground surface). I basically use 2 methods at drawing the cast shadow: the Parallel source of light ...
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10 steps to Be irresistible at your Design interview

10 steps to Be irresistible at your Design interview
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 it could take place casually on a café terrace. You could be invited to take a plane ...
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[the Designer Starter Kit] design sketching Book in Spanish!

[the Designer Starter Kit] design sketching Book in Spanish!
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 Kit]. Resúmen Guía1 Prepárate con 5 consejos Guía2 Dominando el bolígrafo Guía3 Tener un sentido de la ...
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Get ready for a SONY earphone Doodle-storm! |TIP108

Get ready for a SONY earphone Doodle-storm! |TIP108
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 – Drawing some free form of an Earphone. I didn’t give myself a time limit (I had the ...
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How to draw arrows in perspective |Part2 |TIP 107

How to draw arrows in perspective |Part2 |TIP 107
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 set of: Horizon line, vanishing points and converging lines. Take this video as a basic exercise that ...
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Perspective | How to visualize and spot the converging lines? | TIP106 | VIDEO

Perspective | How to visualize and spot the converging lines? | TIP106 | VIDEO
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 to always keep in mind the perspective rules to make sure that your sketch is correct. With practice, your ...
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How to draw arrows in perspective |Part 1 |TIP105

How to draw arrows in perspective |Part 1 |TIP105
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 show you how to decompose an arrow in simple shapes, and making sure to draw it with ...
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How to Draw a Cube (2-point perspective) | TIP 104 | VIDEO

How to Draw a Cube (2-point perspective) | TIP 104 | VIDEO
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 from any angles. It helps to build their 3 dimension visualization skill. So they can learn how ...
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Sketch faster and better with he Contour lines |TIP 103

Sketch faster and better with he Contour lines |TIP 103
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”. We want to allocate more time at thinking, and multiply the number of sketches. Less time we ...
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Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101

Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101
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 (picture below). So I tried. My movement became clearly limited. Maybe I was just not used to ...
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Learn better by better enjoying the present |TIP100

Learn better by better enjoying the present |TIP100
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 "ambitious" result, and get frustrated, I recommend to focus on getting pleasure at drawing. That’s how you ...
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Concept art collaboration Choutac x Adrien Wira |TIP99

Concept art collaboration Choutac x Adrien Wira |TIP99
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 was classmate at Creapole-ESDI, in Paris studying Product design. Adrien is a talented Footwear designer at Adidas, ...
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How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98

How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98
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 graphic tablet. 00:10 Create a new document 01:10 Interface presentation: Tool bar, tool preset, Canvas, Windows 01:30 ...
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6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97

6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97
“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. I did this sketch on Photoshop with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. I started it with the pen ...
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Warm up drawing with a loose hand | TIP96

Warm up drawing with a loose hand | TIP96
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 of warm up. For that, draw anything with a loose hand. Warm Up drawing with a loose ...
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How to draw C-Curves? | TIP 95

How to draw C-Curves? | TIP 95
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 a complex curve, I split it in multiply small curves to draw. I often apply the ghost drawing before ...
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How to get a symmetrical sketch in perspective ? Use the “Middle line” |TIP 94

How to get a symmetrical sketch in perspective ? Use the "Middle line" |TIP 94
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. You may want to draw a spaceship, a rasor, a lamp, a car, a fashion model…anything symmetrical, ...
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18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge |TIP93

18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge |TIP93
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, fair enough. The challenge is not about making each sketch a piece of art, but a design ...
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How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners |TIP92

How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners |TIP92
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 front of a camera. I plan to do more videos, so more I do more I should ...
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Roll of paper challenge – Day 2 – How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91

Roll of paper challenge - Day 2 - How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91
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 not much happy with the results. I feel inefficient. I realised that I am not focused, and my ...
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Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art |TIP90

Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art |TIP90
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 still a step forward. So keep in my mind your goal, and keep going. A friend of ...
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The Wacom tablet I get cheaper than a Cintiq

The Wacom tablet I get cheaper than a Cintiq
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 have. However, note that it seams to be tricky to find a retailer if you don’t live ...
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16 TIPS – How to draw a shoe | Adidas sneaker design

16 TIPS - How to draw a shoe | Adidas sneaker design
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 single drawing TIP that I usually do daily, today I have prepared 16 TIPS on How to ...
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Top 7 Sketching pens of the year!

Top 7 Sketching pens of the year!
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 about your own sensitivity and the effect you are looking for. David Philips, reader of the blog ...
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Study mechanical pieces for credible Concept art engines |TIP88

Study mechanical pieces for credible Concept art engines |TIP88
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” material. To increase my creativity while I sketch Concept art engine, I feed my memory of forms ...
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Get inspired from human or animals to draw concept art |TIP87

Get inspired from human or animals to draw concept art |TIP87
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 animals, your engine won’t be just a robot anymore. You give “him” the ability to think, and ...
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Use a pop of colour to direct your audience eyes|TIP86

Use a pop of colour to direct your audience eyes|TIP86
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 best ideas (Such preliminary research are seldom presented to the clients – except if a top selection ...
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What is a “Happy accident”? |TIP85

What is a "Happy accident"? |TIP85
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 of warm up, the lines get better, I feel more confident and I start focusing better. First ...
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Sketch with reference pictures is not cheating (concept art) |TIP84

Sketch with reference pictures is not cheating (concept art) |TIP84
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 that you sketch in order to produce image and ideas. Sketching is not about memory performance (at ...
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Male or female design ? |TIP83

Male or female design ? |TIP83
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 language. You can look at your phone, your computer, your fridge, a bottle of water… and so ...
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How to draw a sneaker |TIP82

How to draw a sneaker |TIP82
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 introduction to the basic vocabulary of shoe design. A- Start by drawing a last. When I first ...
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Shoe design workshop – Perseverance pays off | TIP81

Shoe design workshop - Perseverance pays off | TIP81
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 Design Sketching Workshop!  That was really fun, and super motivating ! Plus, we received some happy compliments ...
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How I draw better Product design – sketching dancers on Youtube|TIP80

How I draw better Product design - sketching dancers on Youtube|TIP80
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 anyway. But for me, I intend to provoke it, and make it continuously evolving. That’s something I ...
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Draw with these 3 sketching line | Straight line, C- and S-Curve |TIP79

Draw with these 3 sketching line | Straight line, C- and S-Curve |TIP79
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 the sketching video tutorial content at Starbucks. But then, why not sharing with you a bit of ...
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Ask yourself: “What if” to explore new ideas |TIP78

Ask yourself: “What if” to explore new ideas |TIP78
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 making unexpected association where we can challenge the impossible and one self's imagination. For these doodles I ...
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Paint with a Gel pen and water |TIP77

Paint with a Gel pen and water |TIP77
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  bottle of water I just took out from the fridge. Because of the water condensation, some drop ...
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Feed your memory of forms |TIP76

Feed your memory of forms |TIP76
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 and I met Amp, the “pilot” of this engine. He kindly allowed me to take some pictures ...
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All the TIPS I learned about watercolours in 2 days at Malacca

All the TIPS I learned about watercolours in 2 days at Malacca
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 than 20 pages of sketches. I am a total beginner in watercolour. Few months ago, I talked ...
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14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence

14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence
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 be confident and how to better promote yourself at the interview day. I actually learned most of ...
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9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview

9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview
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 business partner, and only secondly to be aesthetically pleasing. Though your portfolio also shows off your personality, ...
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In the subway, don’t look at your phone. Sketch! |TIP75

In the subway, don't look at your phone. Sketch! |TIP75
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 of the phone checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush. Today tip is about taking benefit of this ...
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Keep in mind to draw an eye as a sphere |TIP74

Keep in mind to draw an eye as a sphere |TIP74
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 small brushes. These days I challenge my pen pressure with different “tools”. It's quite interesting as I ...
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TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis

TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis
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. To do that. I recommend to start by drawing the symmetry axis first. This exercise could be ...
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Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73

Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73
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 cool “useless stuff”. They have just opened, and I discovered a huge corner for pens and notebook ...
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Draw thumbnails skipping the details|TIP72

Draw thumbnails skipping the details|TIP72
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 taking much care of details. Ignore or simplify them. Focus on drawing the main shapes with fluid ...
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What is Ghost drawing? | TIP 71

What is Ghost drawing? | TIP 71
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 may even be a bit scary to draw. (Perfectionist syndrome) Your lines are hesitant, clumsy, and lack ...
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Draw with a fountain pen|TIP70

Draw with a fountain pen|TIP70
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 vintage calligraphy supplies from her shop among letters handwritten from 1905, Peugeot Pepper grinder and other rare ...
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How to Make your Portfolio (a Marketing Weapon)

How to Make your Portfolio (a Marketing Weapon)
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 or a job, art, and design students tend to have a leg up compared to other, more ...
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Failing better |TIP69

Failing better |TIP69
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 techniques. It is a feel of frustration that used to make me give up easily. After going ...
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Photoshop > Change colour in a second! |TIP68

Photoshop > Change colour in a second! |TIP68
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 Samurai mask. They was made to scare their opponents in the battle field. To express that, I ...
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How to activate Photoshop pen pressure |TIP67

How to activate Photoshop pen pressure |TIP67
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 Uni-Ball EYE, from Mitsubishi. The flow of ink applied on paper with this pen is constant whatever ...
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Watercolours: Use blank surface at your advantage |TIP66

Watercolours: Use blank surface at your advantage |TIP66
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. Her artworks shows different scene of Hong Kong. I really like the way she mix colours and ...
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Do you know the urban sketchers?

Do you know the urban sketchers?
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 participate but now I know how. I was sketching a temple alone at the terrace of a ...
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When to draw with 1 or 2-point perspective? |TIP65

When to draw with 1 or 2-point perspective? |TIP65
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 so many influences. What surprised me most was the atmosphere. It was quiet, peaceful yet fun and ...
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My Ikea workspace to draw with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD

My Ikea workspace to draw with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD
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 workspace to draw or hours with a proper posture. I faced some problems that some of you ...
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How to draw pillars in perspective ? |TIP64

How to draw pillars in perspective ? |TIP64
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 a simple and very useful trick. I remember the day my teacher show me that trick I ...
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Do not skip your perspective lines |TIP63

Do not skip your perspective lines |TIP63
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 the reality, I want to be able to create my own environment. I start to gather some ...
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Draw a dragon with the symmetry tool | Sketchbook pro |TIP62

Draw a dragon with the symmetry tool | Sketchbook pro |TIP62
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. I’ll try to get some for future doodling. CHOU-TAC CHUNG – DRAGON ORGANIC HEAD When I started ...
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Sketch with fluid lines |TIP61

Sketch with fluid lines |TIP61
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 as drawing people, products, concept art and so on. I don’t give much boundaries to myself. There is ...
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Photoshop > Start sketching with a big canvas |TIP60

Photoshop > Start sketching with a big canvas |TIP60
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 simple. TIP 60 Photoshop > Start working with a huge canvas On Photoshop, it’s ideal to work with ...
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My first day and impressions of my Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch

My first day and impressions of my Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch
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 the digital tablet. You will see the plus and minus I met as a new Cintiq user ...
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Just started with a digital tablet? Don’t panic |TIP59

Just started with a digital tablet? Don't panic |TIP59
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 some results. I remember my first tablet. It was a Wacom Graphire 2. It has the colourful ...
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Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine |TIP58

Start a sketch with general shapes, then refine |TIP58
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 visualise the head. Draw roughly the chin to give a general preview. Place the different elements of ...
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How to make your sneaker sketch stand out with a simple shadow |TIP57

How to make your sneaker sketch stand out with a simple shadow |TIP57
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 adds some lightness to them. Somehow you may feel that you could grab it in your hand ...
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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs
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. “To me, a great designer loves people. This is where he takes his inspiration from.” This is ...
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Making it Manufacturing techniques for Product design

Making it Manufacturing techniques for Product design
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 book to be approachable for students and to whom want to get a solid base without going ...
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Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56

Sketch big to improve faster |TIP56
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 it. So we get naturally scared. We feel that a small sketch got a better chance to ...
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3min video sketching an Adidas wedge

3min video sketching an Adidas wedge
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 [the Designer Starter Kit], you may notice how often I turn the paper. It almost occurs at ...
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Get a nice Urban sketching spot at the right time |TIP55

Get a nice Urban sketching spot at the right time |TIP55
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 the sun of Penang. I was walking toward the famous jetty under 30°C. The sun was above ...
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Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes |TIP54

Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes |TIP54
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 on the main settings and make sure they are good enough to carry on. I rather do ...
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Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements! |TIP53

Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements! |TIP53
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 beside me. He asked me for how many years do I draw such illustrations. I told him ...
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Look at people you draw, don’t be shy |TIP52

Look at people you draw, don't be shy |TIP52
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 we expect great festivities and an awesome fireworks side the sea tonight. 🙂 TIP#52 LOOK AT PEOPLE YOU ...
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2min Two video SKETCHING Y-3 ADIDAS Sneakers

2min Two video SKETCHING Y-3 ADIDAS Sneakers
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 site. I hoped that place would have good vibes for inspiration. These are my first video I ...
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How To Draw And Never Get Bored (For $1)!

How To Draw And Never Get Bored (For $1)!
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 part of people who think that kids today shouldn’t play at Angry bird, but instead playing marbles ...
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Train your 3D vision seeing anything in transparency |TIP50

Train your 3D vision seeing anything in transparency |TIP50
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 3D. Decompose what you see in basic shapes and volumes such as circle, ellipse, sphere, cube, cylinder, cone ...
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Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art |TIP49

Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art |TIP49
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 let’s look at a Designer’s daily life. A designer has to allocate most of his time into ...
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Sketch sensual body postures to improve your product design sketching (Live posture)|TIP48

Sketch sensual body postures to improve your product design sketching (Live posture)|TIP48
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 girls MX*. Girls from Mexico loving tatoos and who are just beautiful with a Polaroid feel. That's ...
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Make random doodle to explore new shapes |TIP47

Make random doodle to explore new shapes |TIP47
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 appeared quite interesting to me. I developed it and end with a bird creature. It is It ...
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Take great inspiration from catwalks |TIP46

Take great inspiration from catwalks |TIP46
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 me a lot, and kept me motivated when I was student. I dreamt to be as good ...
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Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions! | TIP45

Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions! | TIP45
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 head pop up from these circles in my mind ! That was irresistible.  So I sketched them ...
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Quick idea, quick sketch, deep research |TIP44

Quick idea, quick sketch, deep research |TIP44
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 Chou-Tac Chung – Soft bagpack, 2014 In other words, don’t use your brain to store your ideas. Free ...
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No rubber to learn faster |TIP43

No rubber to learn faster |TIP43
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. And these shapes such as a simple straight line and a circle are the best way to train ...
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To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |TIP41

To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |TIP41
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 school, with some classmates we already used to start drawing some robots. There is quite a while ...
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Q: How do I know if a design school is good?

Q: How do I know if a design school is good?
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 with yours, cross the school off your list. Visit the next one. Try to avoid naïveté: double check ...
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How Designers create beautiful Color Palettes easily

How Designers create beautiful Color Palettes easily
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 palette generators. You can apply it to choose the marker colors combination for your sketches. It just ...
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Test your marker colour combination |TIP40

Test your marker colour combination |TIP40
TIP #40 Test your marker combination - Side by side and superposed. If it looks nice, go ahead ! Chou-Tac Chung – Color combination test What’s your favourite combination of colors ? Share with us ! ...
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To make a perfect circle, check your elbow |TIP39

To make a perfect circle, check your elbow |TIP39
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 not rest your elbow on the table SPHERE TRIMMING Today, we’ll just talk about circle. Ellipses will ...
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Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?

Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?
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 well informed about the intricacies design school applications, and maybe you don’t even know what a portfolio ...
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The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school

The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school
Disclaimer: Some private school may try to impress you with the latest technologies and software while the school may be an empty shell of design knowledge. If you hesitate to join a design school like I did, and you do not dare to apply thinking you are ...
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How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38

How to make a creature using a light marker |TIP38
Villy da’Locca saw the TIP OF THE DAY on the blog Facebook Page, and he decided to apply that TIP, NOW. That’s the best way to learn efficiently how to draw. You memorise and make useful the knowledge you’ve just learned. Otherwise, the human brain might unfortunately ...
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What is the best drawing software now?

What is the best drawing software now?
There is plenty of drawings software and apps I like. But the one I use for years is Sketchbook Pro. In term of drawing, that software is a lot better than Photoshop. I enjoyed the dynamics and natural lines that Sketchbook Pro provide. It's a very light ...
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How to draw a fashion model in motion |TIP35-36

Fashion cow boy drawing
I don’t have internet yet in my new apartment. So I went to a Hong Kong style cafe nearby where they offer free wi-fi until 2 am. The cafe had some magazines. I took one and get some inspiration in the fashion photoshoot pages. My favorites! I ...
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The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire

The “10000 hours of practice” rule under fire
Thank you Renata for your comment at theDesignSketchbook Facebook page. It helped me to clarify even more my point of view. In the article about “I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?” I said that “Practice Practice Practice” is ...
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I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?

I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?
"Practice practice practice drawing" is overrated. It's truly important, but that's Not the only rule to success. Before that, you need Motivation and method, or you might end to Practice, practice, practice for a month without progressing fast. Practice as often as you can, but remember that ...
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Draw anything from any angle |TIP34

Draw anything from any angle |TIP34
I found some drawing in my luggage from when I was watching RIO2 in the plane. I was looking for paper, so I started to draw on the first paper available, the Air Sickness Bag. I personally like animation. I believe that it helps me to give ...
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Conquer your fear of failure|TIP33

Conquer your fear of failure|TIP33
Have you ever felled awkward to draw something when people are looking above your shoulder? It happens that a sketcher suddenly can’t draw anything. Trying to sketch new things, he’s paralysed and draw nothing; thinking that his sketch may be judged by people. TIP#33 No failure, no ...
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Taschen Icons | Best design books for students

Taschen design books - Chairs and Design
Let me recommend some art books that I personally enjoy: the products of the publishing company Taschen. Taschen publishing started in the eighties as the brainchild of an 18-year-old comic shop owner, Benedikt Taschen. Since then, Taschen has become a staple of art books. Its publications cover ...
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Greater croquis with a color lead

Greater croquis with a color lead
After sketching The Grand Budapest Hotel in the plane with a Twin Marker, I wanted to practice an other tool. I opened my pen case and pick up a mechanical pencil. That was not a common one, that one had a red lead inside. Greater croquis with a ...
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How to be more creative thinking like Google|TIP30

How to be more creative thinking like Google|TIP30
I was taking the plane to Singapore for a 13 hours journey. Usually, I only take long distance flight at night. You can just fall asleep and wake up “fresh” ready to start a new day. But, that time round, the departure time was at noon. Fully ...
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When basics become instinct |TIP29

When basics become instinct |TIP29
I dig in an old toolbox at my parents’ place. I found this door hinge. I took one of the most “intricate object” from the box. I actually liked it for its mechanism. So, I decided that it will be my sketching challenge of the day! TIP ...
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Doodle easy with bender |TIP28

Doodle easy with bender |TIP28
Today is the third day I play with Bender, from Futurama with the K.S. Challenge. I was bored in the train, so I was doodling Angry Bender again. TIP 28 Doodle EASY Doodle with a loose hand, and the wrist being NOT in contact with the table/tablet ...
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HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27

HOW TO SET UP A BACKGROUND FAST| TIP27
Street Fighter II x FuturamaI grew up playing Street Fighter. It was one of my favorite inspiration. Still having Bender in my mind, How about mixing them ?Capcom - Super Street Fighter II A friend told me that fan art artist usually spend time on learning how ...
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Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26

Sketch without fear with a secret sketchbook |TIP26
  Just did a sketch from memory of Bender. Bender is the robot of the animation Futurama, from Matt Groening (The Simpsons). He’s popular for his angry mood. Forgetting his antenna on his head, I feel he looks like a gangster.   TIP 26 Get a Doodle ...
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How to Doodle note easily | TIP 24 – 25

How to Doodle note easily | TIP 24 - 25
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. Getting bored, I took out my sketchbook and doodled a bit. TIP 24 Never get bored. Doodle ...
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WARM UP |TIP23

WARM UP |TIP23
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 morning, too late, too whatever, you won’t be able to know why. And you will give up. Some ...
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ADD PEOPLE IN YOUR DRAWING |TIP22

ADD PEOPLE IN YOUR DRAWING |TIP22
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 chair. Then I draw what I saw from the window. TIP 22 Bring life to your drawing ...
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To buy a drawing digital tablet, don’t believe in the specs |TIP21

To buy a drawing digital tablet, don't believe in the specs |TIP21
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 pro. TIP 21 | To get a digital tablet, do not believe the specs My first tablet ...
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A TRICK TO MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE CREATURE IN A SECOND |TIP20

A TRICK TO MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE CREATURE IN A SECOND |TIP20
Chou-Tac Chung – Arachnid 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. The creature will appear giant like David and Goliath. Osmar Schindler – David and Goliath If you like ...
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Get inspired by nature |TIP19

Get inspired by nature |TIP19
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 draw today, I had in mind the insect pin board where butterflies and other beetles are perfectly displayed ...
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How to draw a transparent object with light reflection in 3 steps| TIP18

How to draw a transparent object with light reflection in 3 steps| TIP18
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. The degree of difficulty is a bit higher but still achievable by beginners. STEP 1|GET THE Right ...
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DON’T BE A FOOL. BE A HAPPY DESIGNER! |TIP17

DON’T BE A FOOL. BE A HAPPY DESIGNER! |TIP17
 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 own priorities instead of the one people try to make you believe in. You could keep your ...
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Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Digital Tablet Review

Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Digital Tablet Review
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 feature. It really looks promising.  Let’s have a closer look. Two birds one stone Why not sketching ...
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How to catch an instant of life drawing people | TIP15

How to catch an instant of life drawing people | TIP15
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. (4 hours more to go.) So I stopped at Mc Donald, took my portable digital tablet, on ...
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PERFECT LINES WITH SKETCHBOOK PRO| GET INSPIRED LOOKING AROUND YOU |TIP 13 – 14

PERFECT LINES WITH SKETCHBOOK PRO| GET INSPIRED LOOKING AROUND YOU |TIP 13 - 14
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 a try ! Chou-Tac Chung - High-voltage power lines, Saigon, 2014I guess that what attracted my attention is ...
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How to draw light reflection in 4 steps

How to draw light reflection in 4 steps
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 simply, using a light reflection method that takes advantage of shortcuts. Sony earphone drawing with light reflection ...
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HOW TO DRAW SHOES EASY? SKETCH A “LAST”

HOW TO DRAW SHOES EASY? SKETCH A "LAST"
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 design beginners. I remember how much I struggled for years, especially for the perspective view! I didn't ...
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Doodle on Post-it anywhere |TIP10

Doodle on Post-it anywhere |TIP10
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 I am 100% healthy. : ) Once in awhile, do a complete health check-up! The Saigon hospital ...
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How to get a more sensitive pen with Sketchbook Pro? (For heavy-wrist sketchers)

How to get a more sensitive pen with Sketchbook Pro? (For heavy-wrist sketchers)
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 on my Wacom Cintiq 13HD. The plus of its flat wire is that you could easily customize ...
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Sketch on a digital tablet with keyboard shortcut | TIP 6 – 7

Sketch on a digital tablet with keyboard shortcut | TIP 6 - 7
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 learning how to use the digital pen, but also the keyboard shortcuts. Your right hand is drawing ...
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Set up a high resolution file with Sketchbook Pro |TIP5

Set up a high resolution file with Sketchbook Pro |TIP5
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 of details. I guess I blind myself and didn’t realize early enough that the sketch base was not ...
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How to assemble a women body armour |TIP4

How to assemble a women body armour |TIP4
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 armour. You can leave a comment in the box below ...
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DRY YOUR MARKER |TIP3

DRY YOUR MARKER |TIP3
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 done with the thick tip only. Unfortunately I didn't get the "Layout paper" for markers. Be aware that ...
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BE INSPIRED BY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES |TIP2

BE INSPIRED BY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCES |TIP2
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. You could see some cracks on the bowl edge, which was actually charming. Today generation loves to go ...
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SKETCH THE WORLD ! |TIP1

SKETCH THE WORLD ! |TIP1
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 the “365 keep sketching challenge”. That night he was playing football. He asked me to join them to ...
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LEARN 1 TIP A DAY WITH THE 365 KEEP SKETCHING CHALLENGE !

LEARN 1 TIP A DAY WITH THE 365 KEEP SKETCHING CHALLENGE !
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. And above all, put your ideas down as sketches. Whether in snow, wind, or the middle of ...
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Use a killer perspective for your sketch

Use a killer perspective for your sketch
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 volume in space by simulating the way a human eye sees. As with a camera, perspective can be ...
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How to convince your audience with your sketches |Line weight

How to convince your audience with your sketches |Line weight
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 of anyone to give an explanation. We want to be efficient, attracting, and giving a path to ...
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Learn how to draw smarter with Michelangelo!

Learn how to draw smarter with Michelangelo!
“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 had an artistic approach that was, above all, scientific and pragmatic. To better learn how to draw, ...
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25cm straight lines without ruler

25cm straight lines without ruler
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 to 60 degrees. Adjust it to your convenience. Before drawing the line, simulate the gesture just above ...
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How do I draw good hatching?

How do I draw good hatching?
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 drawing technique that is simple to apply. If you need it, you can train at drawing straight ...
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How to draw straight lines (without a ruler)

How to draw straight lines (without a ruler)
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 will be one of the basic skills that you must absolutely master. After this tutorial, at very ...
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How to draw a girl wearing a Nike Tennis outfit in 4 steps

How to draw a girl wearing a Nike Tennis outfit in 4 steps
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 Photoshop and show you the process with the 4 main steps. All was done with a Wacom ...
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“Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali

“Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali
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 convention wasn’t huge, but it attracted lots of passionate people, including cosplayers of the same excellent caliber ...
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Drawing Tips you should know about the ballpoint pen

Drawing Tips you should know about the ballpoint pen
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. I especially like to try out the test papers in stores. It’s a relaxing shopping venture. Here ...
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How to draw professional lines like a Designer?

How to draw professional lines like a Designer?
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, product design, or fashion.  This is, however, merely a generalization, because part the magic of art and ...
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Are you drawing with a correct body posture ?

Are you drawing with a correct body posture ?
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 it, but good posture allows you to draw faster, draw more precisely, and for longer periods of ...
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