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Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » July 2nd, 2016, 7:07 pm

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gmay3able wrote:Loving these videos Yo! Your voice over really helped to point out parts of your process that I wouldn't have taken away on my own. Thanks for doing these videos and sharing your process with us.

As a learner, seeing what you did with this 3 tool sketch process was really cool. I'm going to have to try this out and get some practice with the white pencil!



Thanks Gerry. I really liked how that video turned out. I'm going to keep reusing the bumpers on it too.

In today's video I'm demonstrating a simple pencil technique of using not only the ip of the pencil, but also the side of the pencil to create dimension and depth. Of course using my favorite Prismacolor here today, taking care to keep the pencil sharp throughout the sketch. Have a watch with the sound on to hear me explaining everything. Comment below with any questions and I'd love to hear your suggestions for future videos.... and if you feel like it, give it a like and share on YouTube! :-)


Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby KenoLeon » July 3rd, 2016, 1:40 am

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Thanks Yo, great sketches as always.

I would love to see how you approach perspective, could be a foundation side series, and the rendering you do on the computer on your sketches.

On a side ( but related) note I think I recently put a whole room of software engineers to sleep with a whole project talk on a somehow complex coding topic, but had better luck when I gave another group small challenges to complete and we later discussed what went wrong and how to approach the challenges in small incremental projects that stood on their own, don't know if that makes sense, in the case of id sketching videos, I remember getting a bit frustrated watching full renderings from start to finish, because at the end I wasn't sure I learned the correct steps and how to practice on my own, just a thought.

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Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » July 3rd, 2016, 2:55 pm

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Keno, makes sense. Ironically, I've never been much one for exercises. I've always preferred to jump right in to a full on complex object to draw.... which of course means I did things wrong for years... I'll try to do a perspective breakdown next.

Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » July 10th, 2016, 11:14 pm

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Last week I posted a video showing a simple tip of the pencil/side of the Prismacolor pencil sketch technique on a tea kettle. Here is an example of a bit more of a complex form, a streamlined hyper car. With this relatively simple technique you can communicate a lot of form.

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Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » July 25th, 2016, 7:18 pm

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I haven't been able to record a sketch video for a few weeks since I have been traveling in China visiting factories. 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: backpack constructions, simulating leather, and simulating textiles in a rapid concept visualization. A few important notes on this sketch: First, notice how I start with very light line weight, even with this Papermate Flair pen. Only once I have the form and concept roughed in do I come back with heavier lines. Second, check out how minimally I use markers. This is a quick sketch. There is no need to over render. Simply indicate form and materials... I also got to use my favorite marker color, "Cinnamon Toast"! Lastly, notice the little details like stitching and pattern breaks. When you are working on a concept for a category of products, study that category. Take apart existing examples of products that are similar. Understanding how something is made will always make your ideas better.

Turn the sound on to hear me explain everything I'm doing.


Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » July 31st, 2016, 9:54 pm

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No replies on that last one. Are you guys digging these, or too obvious? I made another today.

Sketching a wheel can make or break your car sketch. In this video I explain the way I simply indicate a 5 spoke wheel. Whether you love to draw cars or not, this is a great practice exercise for two of reasons: First, you need to practice eclipses. Second, you practice the simple act of iterating on a known object. Taking something simple and defined like a five spoke wheel and quickly giving it a unique twist is a great mental exercise. As you go through this video I want you to notice how much contrast I'm giving this sketch through both line weight and choice of drawing tool. It can be scary to add this much contrast to your sketch. I remember when the fear of messing up a sketch held me back from adding this much contrast. Try to remember that the worst that can happen is you screw it up and you have to put a clean sheet of paper over top and start over. It's no biggie, I screw up all the time. One think that helps to force me to add this much contrast is to switch drawing tools. Note I switch from the Papermate Flair pen to the Sharpie. This forces me to go bold, and the sketch is better for it. Try switching drawing tools like that in your sketches, no matter what the subject is.


Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby dblaveino » August 1st, 2016, 10:46 am


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Yo, Yo!

Loving the little minute videos. I like how you cover some of the real basic fundamentals like line weight, perspective, pencil technique, marker basics etc etc, while not JUST covering the basics. You cover at least a few fundamental ideas AND keep it interesting. Quite hard to do IMO.

For some future ideas:

I know I'm not alone in saying, I always love seeing those juicy sketch pages. I think it would make a pretty cool video if you time lapsed some ideation pages... maybe for one of these upcoming sketchwars weeks? Or even maybe something on the simpler side for the video's sake?

Other than that, I'm just waiting patiently for your next video.

Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » August 2nd, 2016, 5:38 pm

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cool, thank you for the suggestions1 I'll try to work them in.

Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby rbid » August 3rd, 2016, 9:01 am


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Bag designer here!

I love how you used the fabric as a texture technique! So simple and effective.
Cool to see you spell out those archetypal bag shapes.

Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » August 3rd, 2016, 3:27 pm

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Thanks raid. That makes me feel better. I've designed a few bags, and of course a lot of shoes, but I'm not a full fledged bag designer so I was worried I was venturing off into less familiar territory. I got a few requests to do a bag sketch demo though and I thought it was important to start off with the constructions. Understanding how to turn a 2d sheet material into a 3 dimensional bag is a lot different than most hard goods categories. I think for the sketch to be convincing there has to be a bit of understanding of the basics.

Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » August 3rd, 2016, 9:34 pm

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Sometimes after a long day of meetings and intense design for production decisions I like to blow off a little creative steam with a sharpie sketch. Tonight was one of those nights. The reason I like doing these with a sharpie is it forces me to have bold and have fun. The drawing tool forces me to be in the moment and not try so hard to control everything.The medium forces commitment. In this sketch notice how I'm drawing my lines so quickly that the sharpie can't replenish ink in the nib fast enough. This is how I get those lines that seem to grate out and get thin and faded at the end. Next time you are feeling creatively stuck take a shot at a Sharpie. Remember, the purpose is not to create a beautiful sketch, it is to shake you up.

Note: this sketch took 4:50 in real time.



Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » August 13th, 2016, 10:36 am

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I typically focus on looser sketches on this channel for a few key reasons. First because I think rapid visualization is an amazing tool as a designer to both collaborate and influence in real time. Second because they are fun to do. But there are times when a 20 minute sketch just won't do and yet moving to CAD would be too much. This is a quick example of my typical workflow on a more long-form render. This entire process takes about 4 hours, so it isn't quick, but the result is something a bit more impactful. In the future I'll do a one of these where I really break down the steps, but for now, this is how I do it:

1) SKETCH: This can be by hand or digitally in AutoDesk Sketchbook or Photoshop. The important thing here is to get the overall design down. This particular rough sketch took 6 underlays to get to this point!

2) SHAPE: Either in Illustrator, or Photoshop, or Sketchbook, I block in the shapes in just grey forms. Here I am really paying attention to the silhouette, the proportion, the snap of the lines. Spending time here ensures you won't be wasting time on the next few steps.

3) SHADE: Just using black and white airbrushes I shade the form in pure B&W. You can really see what you are doing when you remove color from the equation here. If it reads in B&W, it will read in color.

4) DETAIL: Everyone wants to rush to this part, but if you spend a lot of time on 1-3, this step goes quickly. Here I have selected some areas to be glass, added some stripes, graphical color blocks, as well as struts, wheel details, tire texture, and various grille patterns in the voids.

5) HUE: this is a subtle step, but I put a new layer over top, set the layer style to Color only, then airbrush some warm and cool tones to push and pull the concept on the page.

6) LOGOS: as a last step, since this is a race car, I added some sponsorship logos. :-)


Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » August 14th, 2016, 6:50 pm

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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 one them, but I love the elegant forms of their hulls. The first thing I do is draw the overall volume the hull occupies. Once I have this it is easy to draw in the 2 arcs that make the left and right (port and starboard .. like I said, I don't really know much about boats) as well as the arc of the bottom of the boat. All of the other details hinge off those three lines. This sketch took about 30 minutes in real time. Give it a watch and comment bellow with any questions. I also love getting your requests in the comments.


Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby Yingying_Yang » October 9th, 2016, 12:23 pm


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YO!

Thank you for all these great videos and tips on sketching! Could you do a video demonstrating varying levels of opacity? fully transparent, frosted, etc.. ?

Thank you!

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Re: Yo: sketch videos

Postby yo » October 9th, 2016, 4:42 pm

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Ying, great idea, I'll work on that one.

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