It showcased amazing works of pro, beginner or passionate of footwear design – drawing with the Sketchbook Palette. What is there so special in ?
- Palette offers 130+ pages of shoe template per sketchbook. (A set of common shoe templates of low cut, high cut sneakers…)
- We can drop in ideas instantaneously without caring about shoe proportion.
Many young designers know how it’s pretty hard to get that at start. Isn’t it ?
Palette Sketchbook – Sneaker and Stiletto – 25$USD each
I haven’t try the palette myself. So I can’t make a review.
But, this product is interesting enough to be shared and considered. If you guys are already user of the Palette, I would be glad to receive your impressions.
Thumbnails = Multiply ideas = Challenge creativity
I am not super fan of using template as a learning process. I believe that it’s much better to learn from drawing fundamentals. However I foresee some real benefits.
Each designer start with a different background
I was driven by sketching first, the love for footwear came later – when I was student at the Design school, I was looking and drooling at shoes from Conceptkicks footwear magazine. There was no footwear design course in my school, so I improved my footwear sketching skills importing Industrial design techniques. An example above.
But how about people “who are opposite” ?
Moodboard on palette
I mean people who love design footwear, but yet don’t know how to draw ? And want to draw NOW. It might be frustrating to have so many ideas in mind but yet not able to translate them in sketch. I guess that’s one of the problem that the creators of Palette want to solve.
@SavethePanduhs artworks with the Palette
I start to believe that it’s good to get some facilitators sometime. We may postpone a bit our learning of sketching fundamentals, we still experiment some shapes, curves and a good feel about footwear proportion. It may be a “simplistic approach” using 2D, we still feed our memory of forms. I believe that Palette is a great boost of motivation and confidence.
Inspired from professional workflow
High end Lady shoes Moodboard
Some shoe designers also use templates during the phase of research. They sketch a first template, then duplicate it x 12 thumbnails (more or less) per page.
Why ? When a design is reconducted from a season to an other, we don’t need to redo the whole design. We keep it as a base and apply on it some minor modifications”.
eg. adding tassels, perforations, stitches, prints, metallic accessories…
This method is a time saver. That’s actually what Palette offers.
Rob Williams Hand sketch – Nike designer.
- Palette is NOT made to teach how to draw shoes – from an ID sketching perspective. Yet Palette inspire designers and let them express there ideas now. From what I see on Instagram, it works pretty well !
- Don’t get comfortable with shoe templates forever.
As soon as you got your confidence high, jump into learning the sketching basics – and look for your ‘”sketching autonomy”. (Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean you won’t work with template anymore.)
- Target the next level of sketching and you exploration of footwear design will reach an other dimension. You may create your own templates from side and even quarter views !
In few words, Palette is a great motivation booster and kick starter !
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