TIP 74 To draw a bottle, start with the symmetry axis

Let’s draw a modern teapot that actually looks like a bottle.

From the side view, the body is symmetrical. The difficulty here is to draw the curves of the side symmetrical. To do that. I recommend starting by drawing the symmetry axis first.

This exercise could be a bit clumsy at the start. If you are right-handed, the left curve may end a bit flat. Vice versa if you are left-handed. It’s simply because of our own restriction of body movement.

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Usually, I would say: turn the paper and you will draw much easier your curves. However here, if you turn your paper, your brain might be disconnected from the symmetry axis of reference.

So, keep your paper and your symmetry axis vertical, and practice drawing both sides of the tea bottle curves. I bet that it will be a bit irritating at the start, but your hand will learn new movements!

The trick is to anticipate each angle before tracing your curves. If your lines are not correct, redraw on top of it to readjust them.

Remember to use Ghost Drawing!

Note that for quick sketches, both curves don’t have to be 100% symmetrical. But you need to have fluid lines.

Follow your feel to make nice curves. Your brain needs to think: Sleek and pure.

You’ll be surprised to see how your lines will be influenced by this kind of thinking. (especially for products made of glass, metal, porcelain…)

By practicing you’ll get naturally more and more accurate. This trick works for a glass, a pen, a pipe, a flower pot, a hat…

If you master this trick, you can already draw a lot of things already! (side view only)

If you want to practice your lines with some sketching exercises for beginners, I invite you to sign up and I will send you the Designer Starter Kit that you can see below.

See you for the next Tip of the day!

About The Author


Hello! 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 is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : ) Chou-Tac


  • Yme Wytse

    Reply Reply March 17, 2016

    Keep up the tips and tricks! I am a student industrial product design, and your sketching tips help me a lot and give me inspiration.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply March 17, 2016

      Thanks Yme !

      I am glad if I can help :).


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