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 a military camp in Vietnam – since I crossed the immigration border of Cambodia / Vietnam at Moc Bai.

No worries.
I’m 100% healthy.

That day the restrictions increased.
All European passport had to choose between go back to Cambodia,
or go through the quarantaine to enter Vietnam.

My 76 years old dad is living in Ho Chi Minh.
So I completed the 2 weeks with success, and I am finally back home.

So today,
I can write and publish this article I started to prepare in Cambodia for you!

Draw once a week in the city

When I was a teen,
I remember seeing in Paris young people sitting in the museum holding their green portfolio for artists drawing sculptures, painting, rare findings…

Years later,
I became a student of a Design school myself.

And during my first year,
every Thursday our teacher brought us to a new place to draw in Paris!
Coming from the countryside, I loved exploring the big city.

We practiced sketching out of school to raise our sense of observation.
The 2 main ingredients of success are a good proportion and focus.

We had 4 hours to sketch without any distraction.
(TIP: If you can, go out drawing without your phone)

Sometimes some visitors looked at our sketches above our shoulders.
It was pretty flattering hearing their positive comments on our beginner drawings!

What was actually clumsy on paper, was impressive for casual pedestrians.
It actually gave us extra motivation to progress more.

Week after week, we covered the Centre Pompidou, Rodin, Palais de Tokyo, Musée du Quai Branly… and my favourite one was Le Louvre.

A designer life is a forever “school time”

Now I am graduated. And I try to keep the great activities we had in school. Same as my student time, there is no reason we should only sketch at home or an office as a designer.

We do not have any teacher anymore to tell us what we should do.
So, take initiative to provoke all these fun sessions of sketching!

The whole world is a “playground for designers.”

When I travel,
I love spending time alone to sketch.

It could be:

  • urban sketching drawing streets and people
  • products in the shops
  • or also museums – such as here in Phnom Penh in Cambodia

Sketching at the National Museum of Phnom Penh

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National Museum of Phnom Penh

Even though I am French, and have Chinese roots.
My parents were born in Cambodia. They could escape the war and genocide in 1975 when 20% of the population died (about 1,7 million people).

After visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, I went to the National Museum of Cambodia.

I saw the beautiful statues.
I stopped, took out my Ipad with its iPad pencil, and started to sketch standing in front of the statue.

National Museum of Cambodia stutues sketching the design sketchbook chou tac chung d

Sketching with my iPad Pro and Pencil

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Sketching with the app Procreate

I added below a quick time-lapse of the sketch I made on Procreate.
Remember to always start with the main shapes, then go into details. 

Remember that if you wanna learn how to sketch, you will need Passion but also discipline. Don’t take it as a restriction. But the commitment to your own choice.

Especially at these days of quarantine, you have the choice of how to occupy your time. The choice to upgrade yourself and get better at sketching!

As I also avoid to go out often, and mostly stay home by now, in the upcoming days, I will publish more videos for you!

So let’s live this journey together :).


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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 choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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