‘Ask the Designers..’ series (Post 2) – Sketching.

In the interview with designdaily.. Professor Koos Eissen stated the importance of Sketching very clearly when asked about How Essential is Sketching as a Tool & a medium of expression for a Designer…

I think Sketching opens a world of expressing thoughts and ideas. All designers sketch, although not all admit it… could be vanity, perhaps. Most people think visually, and a sketch helps communicate ideas in a very direct way. Sketches can be used to explore, to visualize or to persuade. A sketch often communicates other messages too, like a designers’ style or handwriting. If you look at car design (My favourite!) you see that these designers are extremely skilful at design sketching, being able to express emotion and control the complexity of the product at the same time. Real heroes! “ – Koos Eissen.

“All Designers sketch, although not all admit it..” An interview with Koos Eissen. (Click to Visit)

Brainstorming Notebook Session by Jeremie levain.
Brainstorming Notebook Session by Jeremie levain.

So how do we Master this Skill ?

Getting over and working through the ‘Difficulties‘ is one way of putting it & getting over these difficulties requires Patience & Practice or lets say “Repetition“, as designer Jeremie Levain puts it.

Every designer had to Work through these difficulties to get to the level they are on & so do You. Simple as that !

Now, How did They do it ? How did they overcome these challenges & difficulties ?

How about we Ask the Designers.. themselves ? and We did ! 😀

The question being :

“What are the difficulties you faced when you started learning how to sketch? & how did you overcome them ?”

Lets have a look what the designers had to say about this. 🙂

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 “I have been drawing since I was 5 years old, but I started sketching & designing products and vehicles during college.”
“In the very beginning I used sketches created by other designers as referenceNowadays I use images or pictures of products and vehicles I collect on Pinterest and I try to understand how light and shadow behave on the surfaces of these objects and the relationship of matte and shiny materials as well. Cubes, cylinders and spheres are essential forms as well as red, yellow and blue are for primary colours. These objects are the origin of any product. Understanding how light behaves on this essential forms is possible to create complex elements with maturity.”
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“The purpose of sketching is to represent an idea. It is a designers tool. If a product would be well represented it will be much easier to understand and make it feasible.”
 -Leandro Trovati.

“The most complicate part, I would say that’s the product understanding, how it works in 3D, cause first thing you want to make when you start sketching is a side view, but if you can’t translate this side view into a 3D volume, you don’t really understand how it works. So to cover this problem you really need to put your mind in 3 dimensions & a good way to achieve that, is to start by drawing a basic cube in all kind of perspectives as possible. Once you are able to fit well with the perspectives, you can manage to understand better the volume of the product.”
Another problem when you start to sketch, is the lineYou need to be able to draw a straight line in a simple and intuitive wayWhen I was at school, sketch teacher started to ask us to draw pages of straight line, just straight line. I used to start with, what I called ”Busy Sketch”, a plenty of lines who completely destroy the drawing understanding. So I start to reduce everything and keep the main lines, the more simple it is the more easy is the understanding.”
”Less is better”
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“To sketch well I used to watch the video of professional Industrial designers to improve my skills & the Best way to improve is ”Repetition”. Sketch as much as you can and like that you will feel more and more confident.”
-Jeremie Levain.

The difficulty I faced was lack of confidence.”
“Years later, I joined CREAPOLE-ESDI, a Design school in Paris. Our school focused more into creativity than sketching. I realised I couldn’t draw from imagination, but only copy. My memory of form and references was too weak, and I didn’t know any techniques from Design sketching.”
My mood went down multiple times. Why ? Because my mind kept looking at my weakness. I was disappointed about myself because I expected too much.”
“Later on, I told myself: “If other students can succeed, I can do it as well.” Things needed to change I guess – starting by myself (no point blaming the world). I decided to challenge the successful students (even though they didn’t know about me Hehe) & myself. I changed my mindset and I started to PLAY, to take the learning journey like a game. The pressure went down, so it became more fun as I had a kind of “Faith“. In my opinion, starting how to sketch as a lot to do with own belief, having fun and perseverance.”
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I learned how to appreciate more my improvements, even the tiny one because they all made me stronger. I became more alert at class. Whenever I grabbed a new rule or trick from the teachers or classmates, I tried to put it in practice in my school projects to memorise them.
PS: “A teacher often says something once only. So even though you may not realise “the power” of it on the spot, don’t miss it ! A simple technique may save you months of future hassle. And you may keep that technique forever. 🙂 “
-ChouTac Chung

Founder of theDesignSketchbook.

“I started learning Sketching many many years ago. Maybe when I was 6 or 7 & since that time I have been Sketching everyday and when I arrived at IAAD, teachers said that I was at very good level. So thanks to a very massive training I learning sketching by myself.
“Looking in the Internet sketches, images. I learned a technique by myself, My technique & At the IAAD I’m perfecting my technique.”

“Maybe the most big difficult is Perspective. One of my teacher told me that I have a trained eye that makes it easy for me to sketch a car in Perspective and Proportions.”
There is a technique that I learned at IAAD that says everything can be sketched starting from a a Box. It makes more sketching a bit more simple & helps you sketch in a perfect perspective.
-Antonino Barone

What are the difficulties you faced when you started learning how to sketch ?
“I have always been good at drawing but Design Sketching needs more Energy and Spontaneity, as I was hesitating too much in my lines and my sketches were too small.”
And how did you keep going ?

I trained, Drew Drew & Drew! until it became natural & the Hesitation disappeared. Then I got better with time and practice. I also love to look at others designer’s way of sketching and work, it’s always a good source of inspiration that pushes me further, to progress.”
-Vincent Védie

“When I started sketching, my main problem was that I drew objects like how I did with an artistic drawing – representing a model as it was in front of me.So, I started Learning drawing techniques such as perspective I could draw from different angles and would draw faster and better.”
Now I succeed in adding my Own style to my sketches. I can think differently and give more life to the products I draw. I try to imagine the product as people are using it. In industrial design sketching, we try to highlight the functions of the product and it must be clear for the customer. The Difficulty is to give to the object an attractive look, and to explain its utility effectively.”
-Nicolas Gomes

“I didn’t study art or design at school until 25 years old. (I’m 32 now). Sketching is just my childhood hobby. But I decided to be a industrial designer after the military. So, I know that I need a foundation.”
 “It’s simple. Although, I was late to study design, but I love design, and design process. Using the Design Process can solve problems. It fascinates me !”
“One of my teachers once told me,”
“If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, your’re not doing it right.”

Da Vinci is My favorite teacher and a role model. He had interests in may areas and Sketching too. So, I carefully watch his wirks and sketched them continuously.”
“I research good ‘Reference sketches’ or images from the internet. I Copy and Reconstructed them. I practiced sketch 8 hours or 10 hours a day. Just Practice Again & Again!. I try to observe everything and describe them. I’ve been Sketching Everything and at Every Opportunity.”
I think experiencing & observing many different things is important to Design & Sketching these days & the more experiences I have & gain, the more opportunities I create for experimentation. So, I try to See a lot, Read a lot, Wander a lot and Feel a lot.
– Sihyeong Ryu

“Ask the Designers..” series.

Hello & welcome to the “Ask the Designers..” series on DesignDaily.in.

“We all have questions. A high-school graduate has questions about Design Schools & Portfolios, a design student has questions about the Industry & Being a Designer by Profession, but, it is not always the we get the help and answers we need & most of the time we do need professional guidance So, We came up with the series “Ask the Designers..”. A series Dedicated to helping You find the Answers to your Questions.”

So, If You have any Unanswered questions that you would like Us or the Designers to know about ? Send them over at: letsdesigndaily@gmail.com ,We Will get the answers for You ! 🙂

More questions and posts coming up ahead ! Stay Close & LetsDesignDaily..

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