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 that the profile turns in 360 degrees around a vertical axis. You may think of pottery technique.)

In this video tutorial,
I show you how to draw a bottle (of any kind) with my digital tablet
 using Sketchbook Pro and its symmetry axis tools.

This technique is applicable to any bottle of your choice.
You can then have fun trying to draw your own designs of:

  • a baby bottle
  • a Soya sauce Kikkoman
  • a bottle of perfume,
  • a bottle of water
  • a wine bottle
  • a pill bottle
  • a Coca-Cola bottle
  • and so on…

How to draw a bottle easy

STEP 1| Download Sketchbook Pro software

I use the drawing software Sketchbook Pro on my digital tablet.

To draw the bottles easily,
I activate in the menu the tool: Vertical symmetry axis.

Sketchbook Pro is available for free!
And has an amazing quality of lines.
I use the pencil tool for this drawing tutorial.


STEP 2| Choose your viewpoint

We tend to draw things from how we see them in real life.
However, when you want to draw something for a presentation, always ask yourself from which viewpoint you want to show it to your audience.

Front view point of the bottle - Industrial design sketching

Real scene view point of the bottle - Industrial design sketching


STEP 3| Choose a front viewpoint for client presentation boards

Multiply the water bottle design proposals to show your project side by side to your client. It helps to make a selection with clarity.

3 Strategy on How to dra Bottle


STEP 4| Sketch with strategy

The video explains the 3 sketching approaches of “How to draw a bottle”.
You will see that they are actually complementary and allow you to apply them on perfumes or sauce bottles.

How to draw a Bottle: Soya sauce perfume bottle- Industrial design sketching

Do you recognize which brand is the perfume bottle on the right?


STEP 5| Personalize your bottles

Add details and specific parts to the bottles.
For example the caps, the tag, the logo.

Feel free to experiment with various profiles.

On top of it, add some light reflection on the plastic.
The tip here is to use the eraser tool to clear these areas.

How to draw bottles Sketchbook Pro - Industrial design sketching


DRAWING EXERCISE OF THE DAY:

Observe all the things that use a “Revolution” similar to pottery.
Take note of them and try to draw them on Sketchbook Pro.

You can start with:

  • a glass or cup
  • a can
  • a tube of medicine
  • a missile
  • a small chair for kids
  • a flowerpot
  • a baseball bat
  • a Pantone Tria marker
  • an ice cream cone

potier-mains
Remember the revolution of Pottery – Picture from Faiencerie du Morvan – A bottle is made of an infinite number of ellipses.


BONUS:

It’s so fun to see how the form of the bottle can reflect the personality and the body shape of the buyer.

Bonus - Bottle and personnalities

  • For a sports brand of the bottle such as Gatorade, the bottle has a sporty design with a narrow waist.
  • A bottle of soda is more massive, cheap tasty, and big….

Hope it helps and sees you for the next tutorial!
And feel free to leave a comment or question.


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About The Author

Chou-Tac

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 choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

4 Comments

  • harvey

    Reply Reply July 24, 2018

    very grateful for the book.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply July 24, 2018

      My pleasure Harvey.
      Have fun and feel free to explore more tutorials on the blog to apply what you have learned :))

  • BioMan

    Reply Reply September 12, 2015

    Hi Chou, have you ever thought of using Krita, a open source tool for sketching? Krita is extremely powerful. I’d like your opinion on Krita and how it matches up with SketchPro or PhotoShop CS?

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply September 12, 2015

      Hello Bioman,

      First time I hear about Krita. So I can’t tell you much more about it. Thank you for the discovery. I will look at it.

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