Sketching a wheel in perspective can really make or break your car sketch. In this video, I explain the way I simply indicate a five-spoke wheel. Whether you love to draw cars or not, this is a great practice exercise for two reasons: First, you always need to practice eclipses.
I always envy people who can do everything with a single ballpoint pen. But for those of us who carry sketchbooks/notebooks around, a subset of us are Multiple Utensil People. If I'm sketching, I like to use a 0.3mm for interior linework and dimensioning and a 0.7mm for outlines and
Good on Microsoft for not only dreaming up the Surface Studio, but finding app developers that totally get what it's capable of and understand how designers sketch. In the last entry, we caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a flythroughs of 3D spaces that had apparently been sketched,
A couple of weeks ago, we asked for your thoughts on Microsoft's forthcoming designer-targeted Surface Studio. (Response was generally positive, with a couple of haters.) There's still a month to go before it hits store shelves, and they're not sending out media tester units, but now's as good a time
Remember rendering expert Mark Kokavec releasing his How to Draw Figures book? Now another industrial designer, this one from down under, is spreading the sketching gospel in book form. This one focuses more on hardcore ID sketching: Projecet founder and Canberra-based industrial designer Tom Skeehan runs Skeehan Studio, which
Sketch-ers, here's a good Halloween challenge for you! Check out the work of Lucia Pittalis, a makeup artist based in Rome who will undoubtedly have a kick-ass costume this year. The video dates back to last year but still a great inspiration for all of us still trying to figure
I've been getting a lot of requests to do a sketch demo of a boat. Specifically on how to get the overall hull shape in perspective. Personally, I love drawing boats. I don't know much about them, and I rarely go on them, but I love the elegant forms of
This December, Polk Audio rolls out their Signature Series of speakers, aiming to "bring the big surround sound theater and music experience into the comfort of your living room." Core77 sketchmaster Michael DiTullo, who happens to be Sound United's Chief Design Officer, put together this behind-the-scenes sketch video explaining the
What are some of the pros and cons of each media? With digital sketching you have a full art studio available at your fingertips. Analog sketching demands a different kind of focus—no take backs and the focus on a whole line. There's pros and cons to each and here, Spencer
What's lunch without a little design challenge? Last week 250 of us gathered in sunny downtown Los Angeles for the 2016 Core77 Conference. After hearing a morning of talks on storytelling and human-centered design in the age of technology, we gathered for a lunch break in the Vibiana courtyard for
Hopefully you've been following along with our Sketching section, building your drawing skills with the tips provided by Michael DiTullo and Spencer Nugent. Our resident sketchmeisters of course draw freehand, because they're pros; but for the lazy and shiftless among you, an unknown artist has devised the following two-point-perspective cheating
Since my last video, a few of you requested that I sketch some softgoods. In today's video I sketch up a backpack concept and show you a few key techniques including: basic backpack constructions, simulating leather, and simulating textiles in a rapid concept visualization.
In this episode of Coreskills, Spencer Nugent shares three of his favorite pens for design sketching and walks us through how and why he uses each implement. Want a quick and dirty sketch? How about a light sketch working towards getting a form right? What about a versatile pen that
Mark Kokavec runs Render Demo, an online design training resource offering for-pay rendering tutorials. But he's going back to basics for his latest offering: Teaching folks how to draw, on paper, the human form. To accomplish this, Kokavec has designed a sketchbook filled with templates that use a sort of
In this video I'm demonstrating a simple pencil technique of using not only the tip of the pencil, but also the side of the pencil to create dimension and depth. I use my favorite Prismacolor pencils here, taking care to keep the pencil sharp throughout the sketch. This is
As designers, we bring order to chaos. Reduce complexity in design sketching by following this three step process: Form, Divide, Beautify. In Coreskills Episode 2, Spencer walks us through a simple strategy for getting your ideas onto paper, starting from the primitive shape, adding layers, textures and ending with a visual
How do you start sketching when your strength doesn't lie in visual communication? Spencer Nugent from Sketch-a-Day kicks off Coreskills, a new sketch series for Core77, with some awesome tips for
Today I'm showing a simple concept sketch technique using just three drawing tools: a Bic ballpoint pen, a Sharpie, and a white Prismacolor pencil. I use this technique on products that have a strong material contrast story. It really shows off part breaks well. The subject here is a men's
Why sketching? What is it? And, why is it important to design? Design as a Process: A conventional approach to understanding design and one that is often cited is from the classic book, Engineering Design Methods by Nigel Cross who subdivides the process as a series of linear, yet distinct activities;
Gianluca Gimini is a product designer and also a graphic designer and also an illustrator. But he's officially an architect. When you have such talent and passion, I suppose it can't be confined to one arena. He works as a professor in Bologna, Italy and makes incredible projects like Velocipedia.
A couple weeks ago, we asked Core77 readers what they thought about Dyson's new quiet hairdryer. The topic seemed to spark some hot debate—so much so, moderator Michael DiTullo set up an impromptu sketch challenge to redesign the hairdryer: "The hair dryer is the classic design school student project, yet
Sketchmeister Spencer Nugent once told us that students often ask him what type of pen or paper they should use. His answer: "There is no magic pen, there is no magic paper." In other words, it doesn't matter what you use to draw with. What matters is that you learn
We’ve saved Spencer Nugent’s most ID-licious Star Wars illustration for last. Here Nugent shows you not only how to sketch up an X-Wing Fighter, but also how to render it in color—all done on the iPad Pro, using an Apple Pencil and the sexy Procreate program. In Part
While Spencer Nugent's ID-Sketching-style Millennium Falcon video was presented in time-lapse, absent any explanation, those of you still learning to sketch might benefit from more detailed instruction. Well, fear not: In the following video, Nugent shoots--and narrates--in real time, providing you with a step-by-step breakdown of his process. Among
Just a couple days to go until Star Wars: Episode VII airs! In the meantime, tide yourself over by watching Spencer Nugent crank out the Millennium Falcon, ID-sketching-style, then digest the hard-hitting facts below: Trivia question: Where in the movie timeline does the version of the Falcon that Nugent drew
There are plenty of concise video reviews of tablets online--but few of them describe specifically what it's like for an industrial designer to use them. Of the three big dogs in the fight, the iPad Pro, Microsoft's Surface Pro and Wacom's Cintiq Companion, ID'ers among you are probably wondering which
On August 12, 1982, I opened up a standard 7 1/2" by 9 3/4" composition book and began taking notes on a phone conversation. I forget where the book came from. I may have found it in the supply cabinet of Vignelli Associates, where I had been working for a
As we saw here, industrial designers and ID students need to carry a lot of markers. But now Indiana-based Chameleon Art Products reckon you can reduce your collection and perhaps gain some desk space by going with their Chameleon Pens, single markers that can produce the gradations you'd normally achieve
Generally speaking, industrial design sketching is fast and loose. You start with a rough idea, put pen or pencil to paper with expressive, fluid marks and start to find the form on the page. Traditional instruction dictates that we draw the entire form, including what the viewer cannot see if
One of our long-time readers recently took to our Discussion Boards to document his sketching journey as he transitions from Engineering to the career he's always wanted in ID. As he uploads his daily progress (thumbs up for commitment!), the inspiring thread has built up a ton of great pointers
Sketching Lab is an annual design conference in San Jose, Costa Rica that promotes the design process and visual communication techniques for students and young professionals in creative industries. Every year, Sketching Lab covers the basics of how to draw, and this year I hosted a session that explored the
Industrial designer Jessica Chan was working on a sustainable printer concept when she made an interesting discovery: "I learned that inks—even those made with vegetable and soy—used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable," writes Portland-based Chan. "I [subsequently] re-evaluated my approach toward product design as a whole and began
Of the many technical skills an industrial designer must master, the first is sketching. And there's a reason why, as college freshman, we're thrown into Foundation courses alongside those who will go on to major in Illustration, Fashion Design or Animation; drawing is the bedrock of all of these arts.
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