What is Concept Design and Why Do We As Designers Need It?

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“What is concept design?”, one might ask. Working as an industrial designer is fun and all BUT there’s a problem. It requires talking with engineers. And engineers tend to destroy the aesthetics of a design and only focus on cost, manufacturability etc. Yes, they are needed and sometimes you just gotta compromise. But there are…

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How to Make Your Marker Sketches Pop

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Sometimes I get the questions how to make your marker sketches pop or stand out more. I know it’s a common issue amongst designers and students and I think I know what the problem is caused by. CONTRAST. Or in other words, LACK of contrast. You see, I used to have this problem too. This…

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How to Sketch Cars in Perspective (the easier way)

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Quick little video on how to sketch cars in perspective – using ellipses. Hopefully it will help some of you guys out with perspective sketching. Try it out! Start big, get the proportions and volumes down, add a centerline and then you can start designing your car. Or product I used to start with adding…

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Photoshop for Designers: Introduction to Sketching, Shading & Texturing with a Tablet

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I am very excited to let you know that my new course Photoshop for Designers: Introduction to Sketching, Shading & Texturing with a Tablet just went live. Photoshop for designers is the first course in a series of courses to come that will help you understand product design sketching in Photoshop better. In this first course,…

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Industrial Design Tools I use

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Sometimes I get the question about what industrial design tools I use and thought I’d make a short list of the essentials here. First of all, I just invested in a stand up desk the other day. Love it! I feel less drowsy and more alert plus whenever I’m done working it feels good to sit…

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Perspective Sketching Made Easy: From Coffee Cups to Cars

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Perspective Sketching Made Easy: From Coffee Cups to Cars is my new course on perspective sketching. What’s the course about?  Many of us have seen the conventional way of sketching in perspective. Whether it’s 2-point or 3 point perspective, they ALL follow certain rules. In this class, I’m going to show you a completely different way of…

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Free Photoshop Download – Muscle Car Sketch

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Sometimes it’s hard to see how a sketch is built up by just looking at it. This is why I’m giving you this free photoshop download of a muscle car I did a couple days ago. You can download the .psd file here. Once downloaded, you can open the file up in Photoshop on your…

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Free Sketching Car Design Course Part 2: Rendering

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In the first part of my free car design course, we sketches a side view of a car with a BiC pen and a piece of paper. Now that we have the proportions down, it’s time for part two of this car design course. What we want to do now is render the side view…

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Free Car Sketching Crash Course [VIDEO]

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Goooooood morning and happy Monday! To get your week off right, and because you’re awesome for checking out TheSketchMonkey, I created a free car sketching crash course. Inside, I’ll walk you though step by step how to get a sports car right in side view every single time you sketch it. There are a few rules…

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My Weird Morning Sketching Ritual [Video inside]

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If you’re following me on Instagram (@thesketchmonkey), you’ve seen the result of my weird morning sketching ritual in some posts. I do this almost every morning. Starting the day off right is essential for me. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. If I start the day doing what I enjoy, the rest…

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