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is it difficult to learn how to draw

Is it difficult to learn how to draw?

My girlfriend is a certified Make-up artist.
She's just got a message from her best friend asking her:
  • "Is it difficult to become a Make-Up artist?"
Behind this question actually hides a lack ...
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practice drawing bad

The 3 benefits of drawing badly.

"Is Drawing bad is Bad?"
You may ask yourself. As a beginner,
you compare your "bad sketches" to the great designers you admire.
How do artists deal with stress?

How do artists deal with stress?

How do artists deal with stress?
  • Not confident? Yes! You are on the right path!
  • "Good" and "Bad stress" are both your friends
  • All professional designers started a beginner
  • Use stress as your life ...
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how to draw daily

How to draw daily? (3 Mind-Hacking Tips!)

Emmanuel struggles to find time to draw.
Sometimes, he stops for days or weeks, and it feels like a hurdle to go back to drawing. Let's see how we can help him hack his mind to ...
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5 reasons to drop Academic for Design School.

5 reasons to drop Academic for Design School.

Have you ever felt "not belonging" at your (academic) school?
​​​​​​​Somehow feel like a black sheep? 5 reasons to drop Academic for Design School. 5 reasons to drop Academic for Design School.
  1. You want a ...
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design student tips

10 Tips for Industrial Design Students to Keep up!

We are "creative dreamers", we dream awake.
But we live in the real world, and as professionals industrial designers, our job is to create a better world, a better reality for people. 10 Tips for Industrial ...
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how to start drawing

7 Tips to Start Drawing!

This morning, Kavita (Seattle, Washington) sent me a message.
She loves sketching and dreams of her own footwear business! Her husband bought a little sketchbook and a pencil for her as a present.
She would love ...
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progress fast in design school

12 TIPS to Progress Faster as a Student Designer!

Erwan is an upcoming student Product Designer.
And he's looking for how to progress Faster as a Student Designer. He's from France, 20 years old, and will join soon
the ISD Rubika design school at Valencienne ...
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travel sketchbook in Vietnam

Travel Sketchbook for Vietnam Discovery! VTV4

Hello! It's Chou-Tac, I was on national TV!
I was invited to a national TV SHOW called:
VIETNAM DISCOVERY where I made a Travel Sketchbook! Travel sketchbook in Vietnam - Binh Duong Province     Let me ...
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build your confidence

8 Ways to Build Your Confidence as a Designer

8 Tips to Become a Confident designer!
  1. Learn from the beginning
  2. Level up your body posture
  3. Focus on 1 thing
  4. Don't worry, be happy!
  5. Visualize your goal
  6. Do a media diet
  7. Take a break
  8. Find passionate designers like you!
Do you feel ...
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dwayne vance toy designer interview

Dwayne Vance Interview | Toy designer (Hot Wheels, Disney…)

I had the great honor to chat with Dwayne Vance!
Together we share what it takes to become a designer. I am a super fan of Dwayne's work,
especially because of a sentimental attachment to ...
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how to start a drawing routine for beginner

How to start a drawing routine for beginner

Are you a beginner sketcher?
And you wonder if you are capable to succeed? Stay with me, and let's prepare your "success mindset". 🙂 First of all, You don't need years
to learn how to ...
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competition designer job

Is it competitive to become a Designer?

Is it competitive to become a Designer?
  1. Legit question.
  2. Aren't you afraid of the Bullshit job?
  3. How high is the competition to become a Designer?
  4. How to be among the best?
  5. Mistake 1: Compare yourself to the majority.
  6. Mistake ...
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personality trait you need to succeed as a designer

Do you have this character trait to succeed (Design career)?

Do you have this character trait to succeed
  1. Create your happiness
  2. Always look at the positive side
  3. Courage is your key
  4. Pursuit of happiness
  5. Start fighting now
No matter how good you are at drawing by today,
a more ...
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so you want to be a designer

So, you want to become a Designer? | It’s possible.

So, you want to become a Designer?
  1. Art is not a career... Really?
  2. "Work" meant "Torture" in French.
  3. The world needs you as a designer.
  4. We need people who think out of the box.
  5. Product design is a serious ...
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draw daily with fun

8 Reasons why drawing daily is more Fun!

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 ...
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How to improve your sketching skills

2 Tips to improve your drawing skills (for busy people)

2 Tips to improve your drawing skills (for busy people)
  • TIP 1 Add this accessory in your bag for drawing anytime.
  • TIP 2 Skip Candy Crush. Draw!
  • BONUS TIP Refine your drawings at home. Feel peace.
GET ...
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8 student tips to succeed design school

8 Tips to succeed in your art & design school

The 8 attitudes of Complainers vs Achievers.
  1. Feel gratitude
  2. Stop complaining to achieve more
  3. Starting simple is key.
  4. Be proud of your school
  5. Love the design process
  6. Don't skip the basics of sketching
  7. Gamify
  8. Complainers drown in their Comfort Zone
I've ...
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the 5 designer mind shifts to succeed

The 5 Designer mind shifts to succeed (in your Design school)!

The 5 designer mind shifts to succeed in your design school!
  • Mind shift 1: Allow you to screw-up
  • Mindshift 2: Ask for help
  • Mind shift 3: Compare your performance within the timelines (instead of comparing with others).
  • Mind ...
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how artists designers beat the blank page

A trick for artists and designers to beat the blank page

  • How to beat the Blank page syndrome?
  • Copy to learn Product Design Sketching
  • A trick to kickstart your drawing
  • Mix your inspirations
It's raining.
I stay home and I'm in the mood to sketch something. But what could I ...
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how to become extra ordinary

6 steps to becoming Extra-Ordinary!

6 steps to becoming Extra-Ordinary!
  • "How to become Successful Extraordinary."
  • Grow your emotional intelligence
  • Learn how to learn in 6 steps
  • Embrace your mistakes
Have you ever seen great sketches people do on the Internet?
You try. You Fail ...
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how to stop procrastination and start to draw

How to Start Drawing now | Overcome Procrastination

How to stop procrastination and start to draw now
  • The reptilian brain
  • Fear is an illusion
  • Ready to live with regrets?
  • "Just Do It!"
  • The mind hack to start now
  • You are the movie director of your thoughts
The biggest ...
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how to be best design student

How to be in the top 10% student (School of Art and Design)

How to be in the top 10% of students (School of Art and Design)
  • TIP 1 Build your Growth mindset
  • TIP 2 Master the Basics of sketching early
  • TIP 3 Build a remarkable Portfolio
  • TIP 4 Create ...
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how to stop procrastination homework

How to Stop Procrastinating homework (Mind-Trick)

Procrastinating feels so good (short-term)!
  • The power of momentum
  • 5 min Mind-trick to kickstart your design project
  • You get hooked! (Binge-Drawing)
Today, I wanna give you a simple trick to stop procrastinating
your homework for your design ...
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make your own luck

Create your own luck to become an Industrial Designer

You can make your own luck!
  • Are successful people lucky?
  • Which side are you?
  • Make your own luck!
  • Plant a seed now to nurture your luck
  • Take your creative passion seriously
  • Take action toward your design dream
  • Make luck your best ...
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digital detox how to disconnect social media

5 TIPS to Disconnect… Stop Procrastination as a Designer

  • Beware of Social Distraction.
  • TIP 1 Don't find the time. Create it.
  • TIP 2 Stop your phone notifications.
  • TIP 3 Preselect the information you consume.
  • TIP 4 Draw on Wacom tablets, not iPad.
  • TIP 5 Embrace life as a gift.
...
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how i graduated design school drawing at night

Sketch at Night to Find Inspiration | (Concepts app)

Last night,
I was sketching a few concept arts at midnight, looking for creative ideas. I am new to the app CONCEPTS APP.
When you are used to your own sketching apps,
it can be a bit ...
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productober

Participate in #Productober!

Productober was inspired by Inktober yearly event. Do you know #inktober? It is a 31-day drawing challenge created in 2009 by Jake Parker, a comic artist.
He wanted to improve his inking skills and develop ...
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How to make "Luck a skill" and get amazing Design opportunities

How to make “Luck a skill” and get amazing Design opportunities

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 ...
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Hang out with better student designer than you!

Hang out with better student designer than you!

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 ...
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Noisli app focus and boost productivity

NOISLI APP? Boost your Productivity with the Artificial Sound of Nature

www.noisli.com When you are a design student or a freelance,
you need self-discipline to get things done. So many distractions interrupt your work You have no one to make sure you'll respect the deadline.
You finish your task ...
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What music to draw for hours with concentration?

What music to draw for hours with concentration?

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 ...
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Is it hard to create for a designer?

Is it hard to create for a designer?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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7 TIPS to stop procrastinating and start your designer dream with love!

7 TIPS to stop procrastinating 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 ...
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How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B.

How long should I sketch per week ? Question from Tim B.

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 ...
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samsung product design SADI

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's interview as he has a precious point of view about Why you ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to Get Started in Design Sketching | Q. from Omar

How to Get Started in Design Sketching | Q. from Omar

Hello Design sketchers! I have received a question from Omar on Instagram
about "How to get started in design sketching?". I will also share with you the common mistake from beginners
that you should ...
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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, There is a question I receive pretty often: How long should I practice per day to be Good at sketching ? I tell my students to draw at least 15 minutes per ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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mr bailey footwear designer interview

How to Become a Shoe Designer? | Mr. Bailey – ConceptKicks.com

Today we discover how Mr. Bailey's experience can help you on How to become a shoe designer. Today's interview is meaningful to me. When I was a student Mr. Bailey published (still) awesome sketches ...
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How to succeed your drawings making ugly doodles!

How to succeed your drawings making ugly doodles!

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Doodle on receipts at Starbucks (Singapore)

Doodle on receipts at Starbucks (Singapore)

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 ...
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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 mistakes, we adjust... we retry... and so on. That's how we keep learning and get better at anything. If you want to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(Before/After) 3 months of Sketch like the Pros design course with Lucas, 15 yo (Big progression)

(Before/After) 3 months of Sketch like the Pros design course with Lucas, 15 yo (Big progression)

Hello! 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 starts as a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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.
  • ...
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5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve

5 reasons why sharing your skills will help you improve


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 ...
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Why being perfectionist will make you fail?

Why being perfectionist will make you fail?

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 ...
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9 Must-see website for industrial designers

9 Must-see website for industrial designers

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge

18 meters of sketches in 7 Days >> Roll of Paper Challenge

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 ...
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Roll of paper challenge - Day 2 - How to regain motivation at drawing ?

Roll of paper challenge – Day 2 – How to regain motivation at drawing ?

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 ...
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Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art

Roll of paper challenge: 7 days to fill the roll of sketches | Concept art

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 ...
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Shoe design workshop - Perseverance pays off

Shoe design workshop – Perseverance pays off

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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In the subway, don't look at your phone. Sketch! (Urban Sketching)

In the subway, don’t look at your phone. Sketch! (Urban Sketching)

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Sketch big to improve faster

Sketch big to improve faster

The bigger is our drawings, the 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 ...
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Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes

Manage your motivation by preventing mistakes

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 ...
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Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements!

Keep sketching to keep memories and improvements!

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 ...
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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 ...
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Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art

Sketch thumbnails instead of a piece of art

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 ...
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Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions!

Train yourself drawing things you have fun with like the Minions!

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 ...
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No rubber to learn faster

No rubber to learn faster

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 ...
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To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |Concept Art

To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |Concept Art

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Doodle on Post-it anywhere

Doodle on Post-it anywhere

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. : ...
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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 ...
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