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Sketching is a Methodic Learning Process

Updated on July 24, 2018
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design. Born in Italy, he graduated from Art Center College of Design in California.

Line Quality in Sketching

Method and Creativity

Lately, scrolling Facebook, I see lots of quick sketches.

Freehand sketches done with black pencils, ball point pens or felt tip pens. The best and professionally made are these from IDSketching by Spencer Nugent and other talented designers like Joshua Reed.

Why am I happy about all these posts? Because I see the right message coming out of them about drawing well and what to do to get better with a hard training. They are simple sketches and they have all the basics to communicate good drawing skills.

If you wish to become a designer follow these examples, you will learn how to draw professionally anything from cars to any object.

Designers draw well because they learned a method, they use it to create. With their talent and skills they can express their creativity, it is thanks to this capacity that designers can communicate with management, colleagues, modelers or during a technical meeting.

Tutorial Sketch
Tutorial Sketch | Source

A professional portfolio is made of excellent selected projects, in it we should find early ideation sketches, color sketches and renderings, some digital illustrations.

If you wish to get a designer job you need a knocking portfolio because the competition, in this field, is very high.

Only the most talented students, coming out of design schools, can hope to have a real job!

So, it all starts from the very beginning, from the first drawing classes where you will start by learning how to hold a pencil, how to draw nice lines before going to draw more complex shapes and forms.

It is called "line quality" exercise and it is part of the basics of drawing.

When you start school you want to make sure of working hard from the beginning, so that you can build and improve your skills day by day, year by year. This is the only disciplined attitude that will give you the possibility to amplify your talent and express your creativity at your best.

Be responsible, do not start when it would be too late to take your design courses seriously, it will be too late!

Luciano Bove's freehand sketch
Luciano Bove's freehand sketch | Source

Product Sketch Tutorial for Beginners

The Last Advices

So, it is clear that if you love design (cars and products) and dream to become a designer you must adopt a serious and responsible conduct while in school. Discipline and costance will help you to make that improvement you need, the extra step is your objective.

Some of you already have good artistic skills (oil painting, gouache, figure drawing), with the right design school you will exercise lines, ellipses, solids, shadows, perspective rules, freehand style sketching, shading, color scales, theory of reflections, illustration's rules like focal point and backgrounds, story boards, rendering scenarios. You will do all this following a precise method that will help you to structure yourself with discipline. The technique will become, day by day, easier to assimilate and turn it into your personal one.

No stress! Just follow the simple rules and sketch it! The more you do the better you will do.

After few years, implementing your learning with other important drawing and illustration classes, you will have all the notions and tools to make masterpieces by hand or with Photoshop and other types of digital drawing media.

So, said that I wish you to follow these suggestions to find the right way to make it.

Good luck!

Line Quality Sketching

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