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Sketching is a Training Learning Process

Updated on January 8, 2017
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design, born in Italy he studied at Art Center College of Design in California.

Line Quality in Sketching

Lineweight exercise
Lineweight exercise | Source

Lately on my Facebook network, I see lots of quick sketches posted, free hand sketches done with black Prismacolor or just Bic pens or felt tip pens. The most beautiful and professionally made are those from ID Sketching website Spencer Nugent and other talented designers like Joshua Reed.

Why am I happy about all these sketching posts? Because I see the right message going about drawing well and what to do to get better with hard training and time. I do not just see badly Photoshop images but real good simple sketches that have all the ingredients to communicate the basics of good drawing.

If you learn following this method you will learn how to draw professionally anything from cars to a small tiny object.

Lamp sketches
Lamp sketches | Source

Today the financial crisis has provoked a contraction in design job offers. Lots of companies, small or big, are coping with financial problems and they have to reserve budgets for R&D design teams to react to this crisis. The objective is to be ready for the after crisis.

OK, this sounds like a good news, however, designer's jobs available are less than a few years ago and this means that companies will hire fewer designers. Now, who is going to get the few available jobs? Only the most talented young designers coming out of design schools! So it all starts from the very beginning, from the first drawing classes where our teachers show us how to hold a pencil, how to sharp the point, and how to draw nice lines before going to draw more complex shapes and forms.

When you start school work 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. Do not start at your second year to take your design course seriously because it will be too late!

Quick car sketches samples
Quick car sketches samples | Source

Now, when you love the design ( cars, and products ) and dream to become a designer you have to start from your drawing skills.

Some of you already are good artists ( oil painting, gouache, figure drawing ), with the right design school you will learn how to give order to what you already know and how to re-start from zero from basics of drawing rules exercises like lines, ellipses, solids, shadow, projections perspective rules, free hand style, arm position and hand position.

Start sketching following the right rules gives discipline, order, and organization. No stress! Just follow the simple rules and sketch it! The more the better for you, after few years implementing with other important drawing and illustration classes you will have all the info and tools to make masterpieces with Photoshop, Paint and who knows what type of extraordinary drawing software or drawing tablet like Wacom ones.

However, do not forget that your first learning step is basic drawing lessons. Do not wait too long to start drawing seriously, it will be too late.

Good luck!

Lineweight on shapes and forms
Lineweight on shapes and forms | Source

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