Sketching and Rendering – Students of Product Design Episode 3

Sketching and Rendering – Students of Product Design Episode 3


so you’ve taken a brief you’ve done your research and now you’re thinking about creating designs to answer the brief unless you’re sketching to work something out or record an idea for yourself everything you do is to communicate your ideas to someone else to tell a story so in this episode we’re looking at design sketching and how to improve your presentation sheets first off I’m going to show you my sketchbooks the pages I’m showing you and not that good are they my sketchbooks for recording ideas when they happen on a bus or a train late at night when I’ve just closed my eyes and I get a good idea they’re a design diary but they’re not meant to be precious the reason I’m showing them to you first is because often thinking around ideas in a messy way is the first stage in the concept design process people look through design sites like Cora flawed and BND’s and they see beautiful sketchbook pages of lots of super sharp designs and then they get worried when their efforts don’t even get close but the thing is your first sketches probably won’t be all that good because you’re working things out and a lot of the time it’s impossible to work things out by being tidy so relax don’t get obsessed with trying to make things look all design only straight away do you think those guys show you their worth stuff of course they don’t sketchbooks are important but they are not how you present ideas the clients for that you put together a design presentation everything when working towards the first presentation is about refinement you start off with a wealth of ideas to answer the brief exploring lots of different avenues some get combined some discarded some improved but gradually they get narrowed down not to one final design that’s not necessarily your job straight away based on the brief you’re presenting options to the client and empowering them to choose the best one for their business helping to guide them through the process so you arrive at the best solution together unless agreed you’re never presenting just one solution this isn’t any different in college just remember for everything I’m about to show you your teacher is the client one of the greatest problems people have when sketching when they first start out is that they don’t draw with confidence and so they’re drawing looks messy because they don’t know what they’re going to draw they try finding their way on the page and rather than draw a single curve they draw a series of curves their mark making isn’t purposeful so rather than finding your way on the page try to visualize what you’re going to draw in your head first then draw what you’re thinking not thinking by drawing you can rough out your drawing first which I often do but try to make all your outlines and the lines most visible as smooth as possible make sure this part of your drawing hand is clean and dry because if it isn’t if your hand gets a bit sweaty it can drag rather than glide across the paper upsetting the quality of your line if this doesn’t work or you make a mistake that you can’t recover you can use your drawing as an underlay if your paper is a bit thick to make tracing easy try holding your sheet up against the window you it’s easy to give up too quickly on a schedule it isn’t going well but it can pay to persevere a black outline not only makes your design stand out but it can be used to hide a multitude of sins here the line is a bit wobbly but a black outline hides it and then it’s a mistake here but an arrow and no cleans it up as can an editing package like Photoshop also watch how you join lines if your joins are messy try leaving a gap although be careful when filling in color and Photoshop as it can flood out if you go over an edge try to balance it out so that it looks purposeful if you’re putting in a 3d view make sure it’s in perspective as people can instantly tell when something isn’t right a great way to convey form before shading is by adding describing lines if this cube sides were belied for example adding a shadow as a sense of realism you can do this by drawing the shadow area first and hatching it in or by using a hard shadow or using Photoshop an airbrush or blur tools make sure you decide the main light source direction and make all your shadows follow that and adjust the darkness of the shadow for the area’s most hidden from the light adding a background square or circle or triangle or graduated tone makes your design stand out badly written note can really drag a presentation down so learn to write neatly in capital letters if you want to show texture on a grip area for example then sometimes a simple rubbing on a bit of sandpaper can work well all this can be done in drawing apps but all the principles are the same as long as it looks good and communicates the design intent well there are no rules so this episode is just a guide to what works well for me draw slowly there are loads of sketching tutorials on YouTube but the vast majority of videos speed the footage up as I’ve done for most of this video because watching someone’s real real time can mean your video is over an hour long but with the speeded up footage you can be tricked into thinking that you need to sketch fast your sketching will improve if you slow down and take your time don’t press too hard with many drawing tools you can vary the pressure to make your lines more interesting by going from thin to thick lines it’s known as line weight but with many pens pressing hard damages the tip of the pen which doesn’t improve the drawing your drawings will look better and the life of your pens will be extended if you go lightly so to make your drawings more interesting use a variety of pens thin tip pens for detail and thicker pens for outlines draw big paper is cheap if you’re scanning things into Photoshop they’ll look good scale down but bad if scaled up so it’s far better to draw big fill the page with one design don’t squash it in but don’t be mean with it either I think we all start out drawing small squeezing lots of designs onto one page which in your portfolio is great because it allows you to show lots of ideas without having to flip through lots of pages and makes your portfolio visually enticing when presenting to a client you would never present more than one design on one page because if you did it would be really confusing you want everyone’s focus on one design you don’t want a client asking hey are we talking about 1:30 and from left what this one no fool my left not your left the great thing about working on one idea per page is that in a design consultancy at any point one of your colleagues can come in and take your sketch and use it as an underlay to generate more presentation concepts then another colleague can do the same and in no time at all as a team you’ve generated a whole series of presentation sheets another advantage is that you or anyone else can take a sketch to an engineer discuss its feasibility all the focus is always on the relevant concept and all your sketches can be presentations so it speeds things up with this method of one idea of a page if you want to then produce good-looking portfolio pieces of the sketchbook style groups of sketches you can scan and combine them in an editing package and adjust their positions to make a better composition this is far more efficient than trying to draw everything perfectly on one page people have asked me about arrows there are lots of different styles but really I only use two types thin ones for making a note and thick 3d ones to show action like push move rotate many people want to jump straight into CAD because it’s where they’re most comfortable CAD is brilliant but it’s a tool like anything else for clients not familiar with the design process CAD makes your first presentation look too finished and so the client thinks you are further along than you really are but a good sketch it’s still viewed as a fluid thing it’s not yet concrete people can still allow their imagination to fill in the gaps do not underestimate the power of a drawing so back to telling stories you always have to consider what to communicate and who you are communicating to remember you’re trying to communicate your idea to someone because designers are storytellers your tutor your employer or prospective employer and engineer most importantly the client each person will be looking for your designs to answer their own specific questions the engineer will it work well and can it be manufactured the market here can I sell this does it have good USPS a prospective employer can this person do the job but by far the most important question of all by the most important person in the process the client is does this design answer the brief and your drawing has to communicate this to them cleanly clearly and concisely a simple series of side views of the design tells a basic story adding color and shadow and texture has this story out more a perspective view a few bullet points pointing out the best features a view that shows use or a cartoon tells a bigger story but you also want to tell the story in the best most concise way the least confusing way you don’t want to fill the entire page with with explanations and cartoon usage diagrams and distracting backgrounds and fluff because of my language I read left to right and in terms of composition and storytelling I try to make my presentation do the same putting what I want to say first on the left the introduction this is usually a couple of planned views especially aside view and then I’m concluding my story on the right often with a perspective view every presentation sheet should stand on its own because not only do you have to present it but they get left behind and the client may have to take it and present it to their superiors so it still has to do its job after you’ve gone so really consider your target audience and the information you’re putting page-width presentation sheets sometimes less is more and sometimes less is less people our score pens and pencils I use and I’ve noted what materials I’ve used throughout the video I do have a few favorites I really like this pen which I use for air lighting and I love a blue pencil but I use anything I can get my hands on what I love about creating presentation sheets is that you can do so much with the simplest of materials that many of us already have in our homes you don’t need special pens and pencils and markers some people think that having the most expensive materials will make them a better artist and good artist materials are nice to use but you can get children’s art materials that are really high-quality and a fraction of the price here I’m using a set of crayons some felt-tip pens and a biro you can’t get much cheaper than that I have no problem presenting this to a client so remember good presentations are not about the quality of materials you use they’re about the quality of communication about the strength of your ideas and how well you tell the story and answer the brief there is no substitute for practice thanks for watching if you enjoy this video please give it a thumbs up and please hit subscribe because there’s much more on its way you


97 thoughts on “Sketching and Rendering – Students of Product Design Episode 3

  1. Think sketch render present
    Omg! Is that a real song? What is it called. I want to share it with my PD class mates.

  2. I really love your videos. And this one really puts me in the mood to sketch stuff right now. Thank you!

  3. i found your channel about an hour ago, i have never studied product design but im going to hopefully be studying it at A level over the next 2 years from september. these videos are very interesting and clear, hopefully they will come into use for me in the near future, nice one!

  4. daaaamn I like it soo haaard
    I am 18 years old and I Love sketching but I am not the best but with youre helpful video I will get better!!!!
    Thank You!!!

  5. Great episode. As an Industrial Design student I find these extremely helpful. Waiting for the next one! 🙂

  6. I love these videos, honestly I have a tech studies class and a graphic design class and these videos teach me more than both of them 😛 thank you so much for these they're amazing concise lessons which work brilliantly 😀

  7. Working in an Industrial design consultancy this summer, so this was extremely helpful as i will be meeting clients often to present ideas, great video keep up the good work

  8. I really want to congratulate you! your videos and points of view are amazing. now i feel inspire to create! thanks for doing this.

  9. Are you on Twitter? Excellent video – will be showing my GCSE/A level classes asap. Thanks.

  10. For scanning drawings to edit in photoshop do I need to spend a lot of money on an expensive scanner or would something like the ones on amazon (around £45) work well enough?

  11. @Tom Walker, for some reason, I can't reply to your comment. You don't need an expensive scanner, the ones on eBay should be fine as long as they are a flat bed and can scan at a good resolution, 600dpi or higher depending on if you are making images for the web or for print. It also helps if they are large enough to scan an A4 page. I currently don't have a working scanner, so for the video I took photos, which isn't as easy, but can work well, if you are taking photos, just make sure you have lots of direct light. PT

  12. Just got 98% on my A2 CW designing and making a contemporary modular workspace for student gamers!  No doubt down to some great inspiration from PT and a hell of a lot of hardwork. Thanks for everything PT and PLEASE keep making these brilliant videos, My PDesign teacher loves them!!! (he used the vegetable peeler one in a few different lessons with his classes XD)

  13. What was the brown paper you drew the hair blower on at the end? Does it have a name?
    Great video, thanks!

  14. Oh dear. I suck at sketching…It would probably be easier for me to build the product(simple ones) in Sketchup or Solidworks and trace what I have printed out. I'll have to practice more.

  15. Hi! just wanted to say i love how clear and calm you explain and share your knowledge for all of us. I really hope you keep posting videos like this!

  16. This video is great. Thank you so much. However I have been taught that we should draw fast because we get good strokes that way. Do you mean when one starts drawing initially one should be slow?

  17. sir . thank you very much ,  this video  has been my favorite video of all  , ill practice until my  communication reach   a  pro level thanks a lot again .

  18. I am just learning product design and looking at your videos all over again to take notes this time.The part about materials you talked about not being expensive I agree with that when it comes to this field. I like the idea of using crayons since they are cheap and can work out really well like you displayed in your video. How would you go about using crayons for your design work such as shadows, highlighting, etc..

  19. Dude your channel is amazing. You talk just what i need to hear. Can you make a video showing you drawing in real time. I think it would help a lot of people. 🙂

  20. Hey, I'm a Year 11 student in Melbourne, Australia working to become an Industrial Designer and your videos help me a lot. Thank you.

  21. Great tips, thanks a lot. Keep up with the good work. Also if you can do video with some complex product where multiple components could be shown in exploded view.
    Thanks

  22. its really fun to watch you, how smallest things make differences. your rendering style , your techniques of making presentation really help me with m presentation.

  23. hi PT, your videos are amazing..
    I am an aspiring product designers, your videos are a lot of help to me….
    can I share my work with you via email?

  24. As a 3rd year student on Product Design I have to say that I agree 100% with anything you said and explaining the fears that people have when trying to sketch.
    You are truly an inspiring person.

  25. I am a third college student at India pursuing B.tech from mechanical engineering..I really wish to pursue product designing ..and want to do masters in it abroad..Can you suggest me a good college ????

  26. This video series is absolutely incredible! I am a high school student working on a start up business and these videos have given me much needed information that the engineering courses I have taken never taught me. Thank you so much for this free content, it is extremely useful!

  27. hey, pt wat was that song, that played in the background, think sketch render present.could i have a name.Also awesome work.

  28. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I love you videos! I do want to ask, is it okay to make a 3D model and skip the sketching part if you are working on directly with a engineer/manufacturer rather than a client or an employer? or is a potential down fall doing 3d modeling

  29. Hello producttank. I am an A2 Level Product Design student who really needs to up his game on sketching and illustration to have the best chance of getting an A or A* grade. Are there any drawing / sketching courses you would suggest?

  30. I've been working in the industry for a long time and decided to improve my drawing skills as my new year's resolution. I'm guilty of the non-confident line drawings and your video has given me a new perspective and understanding of what I need to do. Thank you!

  31. Thanks for these, I'm getting back into design 8 years after graduating and classically worried too much about Solidworks, storytelling is the one, thanks for the vids!

  32. @producttank Hi I struggle with the mechanics of building working products. Do you address this in your serious?

  33. Please visit my Gig if you want to convert 3D models to 2D drawing or vice versa
    https://www.fiverr.com/gamalgad/convert-2d-drawing-to-3d-models-or-vice-versa

  34. Your use of background squares is truly genius, and inspiring! I personally don't like your use of hard lines for the shadow thought, find it distracting. Great series! Nicely done! Looking forward to keep watching.

  35. Two things…Should I draw big, or small?
    I get all choppy like you stated when I draw big..Not because I'm unsure, but because I simply can't control fine lines….But when I draw small, everything looks wonderful, but cramped, therefore, no details.

    "slow down your sketch"

    Looking at Hemu Rahman.

    Calls them "tutorials", but I think they just use youtube as a live portfolio medium. They take zero time to show HOW to do it..They speed through it, make it look pretty, tell us what colors they use, then that's it.

    Tutorials on here are a huge joke.
    But you, my friend, have a serene as hell voice…I like how you're thorough and explain things clearly.

  36. It's great man it's great
    Overall I liked your video very much, but it will be good if u sound More excited. thank you.

  37. This is a 2015 video, and I’m watching it with complete focus in 2018- your videos are crisp, to the point with just the right amount of humour and light hearted tone, and the sketches you work with seem to be real products, which makes it much more interesting. You really put in efforts for the transitions, the B roll videos, the music.

    Not only your content is awesome, but your video presentation is too!

    You are awesome!

  38. Your videos are interesting but learn to normalize the audio, you're speaking too low (which is fine) but your sfx like the intro or the laserbeam or the dialogue are way too loud

  39. I am a French student in product design in Paris. I discovered by chance your Youtube channel that I find exciting. I find your way to explain very educational. In addition, you speak slowly and surely, which allows a French like me to understand your English easily and progress in passing! All your advice is extremely constructive and useful. I advised all my class to watch your videos, because these valuable tips will benefit us all our schooling and even after …Continue to enrich us with this quality content! And especially,
    THANK YOU !

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