Hi guys, today I recorded the first video of sketching tutorial ! To be honest that was not easy for me, as I am not used to speak alone in front of a camera. I plan to do more videos, so more I do more I should improve my video skills. Anyway, here we go !

Many beginners think that they can’t draw because they feel like facing a wall. I give you in the video 2 essential principles that should help you to start drawing in volume:

  1. Seeing things in transparency
  2. Decomposing an object in simple geometry shapes

If you practice theses 2 principles, you take the right path for great improvement. You will be even more ready for the coming tutorials such as how to draw ellipses, cylinders, curves and so on. I invite you to watch the above video to know more.

If you draw like the sketches below, the video might help you.

Before making the tutorial, I asked my friends (non initiated to drawing or design) to draw something of there choice. I wanted to look at there drawings and spot there major difficulty as pure beginners.
Then one of them told me:

“We want to draw in 3D but it looks like 2D, why ?”. – from Gnocci

It’s like there drawing skills has been freezed along the years since there childhood. 🙂 If you draw like the sketches below, watch the videos, try to apply the 2 principles and let me know about your progress !

Mervin-sketching begginner
Mervin – 37yo. Chocolate break

Marie, 29yo. Sketching her creation.

doudou airplane-gnocci
Doudou airplane - sketch Gnocci 34
Gnocci – 34yo. Fan of airplane and wine.


Laetitia – 32yo. Back to Office after celebrating New year.

Michoucroute – 30yo. Still celebrating the new year.

Marie – 29 years old. Maybe counting the last minutes before new year.

Marie - 26 - sketch begginner
Marie 26yo. Already thinking about Chinese New Year, I guess.

Tell me what you think about the creation and  the videos !
Your feedback are sincerely appreciated. Thanks !

By Chou-Tac

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

11 thoughts on “How to draw in volume, 2 essential principles for beginners”
  1. Hi, That was a great video!

    Could you please do one tutorial on basics of human figures? Drawing a product in context with a human figure? That would be a lot of help!

    You’re doing a great job! Thanks again 😀

  2. very good video!
    thank you for sharing your expertise with others!
    despite being his first video tutorial is already very good!
    I just would like to give an idea … to make a script before the tutorial.
    to you use it
    and please when you remember … talk a little slower.
    anyway … congratulations!
    nice work!
    thank you!

    1. Hey Levi,

      I will try to speak slower and clearer. More like how I do in normal life.
      Learning how to make video is somehow like learning how to draw. Things get better by practicing. Your recommendation will definitely help.

      I plan to do some more videos. But this week end, I need to go accomplish my Roll pf paper sketch challenge ! I guess I may have 12m left (?!).


      Thank you !

  3. Thanks for the video. Useful tips. I like your sketches.
    I will start to practice with using pen.

  4. It’s a nice, funny and clear video. It’s easy to catch the essential for simple volume objects that can be extrapolated to more complicated forms. Keep it up!

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