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 with the pen, while your left hand is on position ready to use the shortcuts on the keyboard.

The first version of the diving mask

The first version of the diving mask

Chung Chou-Tac – Concept sketch diving mask

The second version of the concept sketch diving mask

TIP 6 Sketch with keyboard shortcuts

Use the zoom in [Ctrl +]
and zoom out [Ctrl –] function using a keyboard shortcut.
Press and Hold [SPACE BAR]
to drag the working space with your mouse or digital pen.
With these 3 shortcuts, you will create beautiful details.

Being right-handed, I mostly keep my left hand on the keyboard.

  • The pinky finger stays above [CTRL].
  • The thumb above the [SPACE BAR].
  • The index remains ready to complete the shortcut.

Remember to set a minimum of 200dpi for your resolution so you can zoom in anytime, and still have a good quality of lines.


Even more close-up

TIP 7 Don’t ruin your sketch

Do not focus on the details AT START.
You may lose focus on the overall shape and idea.
If you start drawing clumsy, don’t try too long to correct your mistakes.
Just redo a new sketch.

I start simple with very smooth shapes. I breathe deeply, relax – and “keep the flow”. When I get a satisfying base shape, I spend some time on the details.

Adding details

Adding some contrast with hatching

Add antenna

That’s all for today!

Does the result look better than the previous sketch?
If you like it, share it with people you like!

If you want to make your first steps in drawing, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit to start learning with the basics of perspective step-by-step.

The Designer Starter Kit exercises in 6 videos:

  1. How to draw straight lines
  2. How to draw a perfect square
  3. How to draw awesome circles
  4. How to sharpen your sense of proportion
  5. How to draw a cube with 1 point perspective
  6. How to draw a cube with 2 points perspective

Once again, these videos are linked to the Designer Starter Kit.

To enjoy the series of tutorials better,
I recommend you guys to receive the book first.

About The Author


Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : )

1 Comment

  • Renata

    Reply Reply August 26, 2014

    Yes you are right! I usually keep on and on… Sometimes is a good thing and others not!

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