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Moleskine’s paper notebook lets you draw in vectors right inside Adobe Illustrator!

Teaming up together to achieve the near impossible, Adobe and Moleskine have debuted the Paper Tablet, a book and pen combo that translates sketches on paper to digital sketches on Adobe’s software… but that’s not all. The sketches you make on Moleskine’s Paper Tablet don’t just appear as scanned images on your computer. They get vectorized within Adobe Illustrator, giving you an infinite set of possibilities to take your doodles and actually begin working on them in vector software.The magic ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Adobe, Paper, Moleskine, Notebook, Tablet, Stationery, Creative Cloud, Illustrator, Product Design, Sketching, Wacom, Vector, PEN ELLIPSE, Moleskine Pen Ellipse


James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook, Volume 3 – Court Report

When I first met author and artist James Gurney some years ago, I had the opportunity to leaf through one of his sketchbooks. Gurney is so accomplished that his sketchbooks often consist of page after page of beautifully realized paintings and sketches, usually in gouache or casein. My immediate thought was that he should publish them in some form, if only because I would personally like the opportunity to look through them at leisure. I didn’t say anything at the time, but some years later, ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Nba, Gallery And Museum Art, Sketching, Watercolor And Gouache, James Gurney, Metro North, Gurney, Dan Gurney, Tools and Techniques, Living Sketchbook Volume


Rendering and Sketching Basics: How to Draw and Calculate Cast Shadows 

ID students: By the first year of your program, you ought be observing the objects around you during your daily life, noting how those objects' shadows fall relative to the ambient light source. (If you're not doing that yet, start!) And with any luck, your Drawing professor has broken out the geometric shapes and has you going through pencils like nobody's business. But if you haven't been paying attention, if your teacher stinks or if you just need a refresher, watch industrial designer Eric S...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Eric Strebel, Industrial Design Tips


José Naranja

Among followers of “urban sketching”, there is an often associated practice known as “journaling”, or the keeping of a visual diary of one’s travels, day to day activities or random thoughts and ideas. The idea of visual journals or diaries is nothing new, of course, but the current popularity of the practice, and the ability to place one’s journals online and compare notes with others, makes it an interesting contemporary phenomenon. José Naranja is a Spanish artist, writer, traveller and ob...
Tags: Art, Drawing, Jos, Sketching, Pen & Ink, Tools and Techniques, José Naranja, Naranja, Orange Manuscript


Tools We Want to Try: Japanese Stationery Brand Stálogy's Translucent Gridded Sticky Notes

The new Japanese stationery brand Stálogy instantly caught our eye because of their color-coded notepads and pens, but upon digging deeper we discovered a treasure trove much more valuable to designers: gridded translucent sticky notes. You can use your own imagination on how to use them, but the best use we've come up with so far is placing them over a physical or even digital sketch to experiment, critique or suggest new ideas. Need to make small adjustments? They come in a small size. Need to...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Visual Communication


Tools We Want to Try: Japanese Stationary Brand Stálogy's Translucent Gridded Sticky Notes

The new Japanese stationary brand Stálogy instantly caught our eye because of their color-coded notepads and pens, but upon digging deeper we discovered a treasure trove much more valuable to designers: gridded translucent sticky notes. You can use your own imagination on how to use them, but the best use we've come up with so far is placing them over a physical or even digital sketch to experiment, critique or suggest new ideas. Need to make small adjustments? They come in a small size. Need to...
Tags: Japan, UK, Design, US, Sketching, Visual Communication


A Design for a Pen That Won't Dry Out

As I browse through Kickstarter, I'm less impressed by the Bluetooth-enabled this-and-that and more impressed by small improvements to everyday objects. At least once a week I'll reach for a ballpoint pen--and draw or write some ghost lines as the pen's gone dry, then will scribble on the back of an envelope to get the pen going. A minor annoyance, but a consistent one. So this new Allbutton Airless Pen, which uses a vacuum-sealed tube and a tiny little hatch to prevent the ink from drying out, ...
Tags: Design, Sketching


Rekonect's Clever Magnetic Sketchbook Has Easily Detachable/Refillable Pages

I fully admit that having a sketchbook with a magnetic spine, and pages that are edged with a stripe of magnetic ink, is overkill. But when you see how easily Rekonect's "new generation of notebooks" works, it is hard not to instantly want one: The faux-leather-wrapped tomes come with a Moleskine-like elastic band. Branded as notebooks, at 5.5" x 8.125" they're admittedly a bit small for a proper sketchbook. The pages can be had in blank, dotted, lined or graphed. And of cou...
Tags: Design, Sketching


Inktober 2018

Today is October 1, the first day of “inktober” 2018. For more information on what Inktober is, and how to participate or just enjoy, see my previous post on Inktober.  
Tags: Art, Illustration, Drawing, Sketching, Pen & Ink


The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment Brought Live Transportation Sketching Excitement to San Francisco 

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment (MSBE) is an automotive design sketching competition and party, where today's and tomorrow's motor industry elite battle for recognition as the Middlecott Sketchbattle Champion. The recent San Francisco edition of the Sketchbattle consisted of two rounds of design sketching, lasting around 30-45 minutes each. Following the first round, a panel of top tier professional designers judged the sketches to determine who went through to the championship round. ...
Tags: Design, Montana, Cars, NFL, San Francisco, Events, Competition, Tokyo, Las Vegas, United, Sketching, Frank, Schwartz, Franks, SEMA, Banham


Sketching Up a Tesla Tank

This week industrial designer Eric Strebel's got a sketching video up. "I recently visited Norfolk, Virginia and was inspired by all the military hardware on display in the area," he writes. "You can see some of the amazing ships in the beginning of the video. This got me to thinking about why today's military hardware is not electric or even hybrid. "I decided to sketch up a light infantry concept vehicle for the brave men and women of the Armed Forces. It's a sketching tutorial as well. I roug...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Norfolk Virginia, Eric Strebel, Tesla Tank


A Clever Mechanism Inside This Japanese Mechanical Pencil Keeps the Leads Sharp

Here's another Japanese design that skirts the line between "Good gosh that's clever" and "Do we really need this?" By utilizing thin, perfectly-cylindrical leads, mechanical pencils obviate the need for sharpening. But if you were to zoom in on the tip, you'd see that even the narrowest lead can alternate between blunt and sharp as it wears down. And apparently there's a market of really anal-retentive end users who require a razor-sharp point at all times. Hence Japanese writing utensil...
Tags: Design, Sketching


Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh pen & watercolor sketches

Gate at the Paris Ramparts, Entrance to the Moulin de la Galette, Vincent van Gogh Pencil, pen & ink, watercolor & gouache on paper, roughly 9 x 12″ (24 x 32 cm) and 12 x 9″ (31 x 24 cm), respectively. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts on “Not the usual Van Goghs“, in a dedicated art career that barely spanned ten years, Vincent van Gogh was prolific, leaving over 900 paintings and more than 1,000 drawings. Yet art book publishers and museum curators often feel obliged to show you the same...
Tags: Art, Paris, Amsterdam, Van Gogh, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Sketching, Watercolor And Gouache, Pen & Ink, Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Van Goghs, Galette Vincent van Gogh Pencil


Sketch Nerds: Want to Help Kickstart This Designey Felt-Tipped Pen?

There is the "jotting something down" version of sketching, where you grab the nearest mark-making object and scrap of paper to capture an idea; some gewgaw drawn in lipstick on the back of a receipt. Then there is the prepared type of sketching you do in the studio, where many of you probably prefer to have a tightly curated arsenal of pens/pencils/markers at your disposal. This product is for the latter type of sketching, and it's pretty niche: When you want more single-pass line weight tha...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Designey Felt Tipped Pen, Tony Badu


The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ Returns Tomorrow Night in San Francisco

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is back, and this time the Fight Club of Design is taking over San Francisco's Automated Vehicles Symposium to bring you a night of hardcore live automotive sketching.Currently held four times a year during the Detroit Auto Show, the Los Angeles Auto Show the Las Vegas SEMA show and now in San Francisco, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is an automotive design sketching competition and creative community party, where today's and tomorrow's motor in...
Tags: Design, Cars, San Francisco, Events, Competition, Las Vegas, Sketching, SEMA, Michael DiTullo, Brook Banham, Frank Schwartz, Detroit Auto Show the Los Angeles Auto Show, Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment, Middlecott Sketchbattle, San Francisco Sketchbattle, Tim Kentley Klay


Design Challenge: Please Design the Logo for Trump's "Space Force"

Trump just announced plans to create a military presence in space effective immediately: Based on the very minimal information we have been given, your brief is simple: Go forth and design a logo for "Space Force". The logo has to be as good as the Air Force logo, but different. You know, separate but equal. If you're worried about funding for the Space Force, don't be. Mars will pay for it.Please email your best sketches to [email protected] Any emails that go on political rants will be ig...
Tags: Design, Competition, Mars, Air Force, Trump, Sketching, Space Force, Trump s Space Force


Hector Silva Tells the Story of How Advanced Design Sketching and SQ1CON Came to Be

Advanced Design Sketching (ADS) is getting ready to host their second SQ1CON in Chicago this July 13 and 14 after a successful inaugural event last year. What began as industrial designer Hector Silva's pipe dream in grad school, ADS has now evolved into a multifaceted non-profit that puts on sketching conferences and workshops and offers a free video library on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, featuring sketching videos from some of the most notable industrial designers of our time. At its cor...
Tags: Apple, Motorola, Facebook, Design, Instagram, Chicago, Autodesk, Conferences, Jony Ive, Eventbrite, Designer Profiles, Sketching, Wacom, University Of Illinois, Nicholas Baker, Silva


Tutorial: Glass Rendering Marker Technique

Last week industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrated digital vs. analog rendering. This week he drills down into the latter: "[This video] talks in detail about the rendering process," Strebel writes, "the set up of the lighting, why chrome is easy if you add blue, how a simple isometric view needs a line to anchor it to the page and how to show the glass refracting the colors of the environment to create a convincing render."
Tags: Design, Sketching, Eric Strebel, Strebel


Yo! C77 Sketch: How to Choose the Right Perspective

Beyond having accurate perspective, choosing the right perspective angle can make or break a sketch. In this video I'l show you how you can use perspective to give a convincing sense of scale to the object you are designing.  As always, if you have any questions or comments on the techniques shown, leave them in the comments below. What other techniques would you like to see?
Tags: Design, Sketching, Yo! C77 Sketch


Raymond Loewy's Illustrative Chart Showing the Evolution of Form Factors

Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design, once drew up this nifty chart showing how from factors evolved into the early 20th century: We know it's hard to see, so let's blow it up a bit: What I wouldn't give to see him still alive and completing the chart up to the modern day.Are any of you game to try? And/or do you have ideas for different objects you'd show? If you draw something up, post it in the comments and we'll make you famiss.
Tags: Design, Sketching, Raymond Loewy


Yo! C77 Sketch: Tips for Rendering Chrome

Chrome can be a tricky thing to draw. The temptation is always to over do it. In this video I'll show you a light and easy chrome technique that shows off the reflective, metallic nature of it without overdoing it.  As always, if you have any questions or comments on the techniques shown, leave them in the comments below. What other techniques would you like to see? Yo! C77 Sketch is a video series from Core77 forum moderator and prolific designer, Michael DiTullo. In these tutorials, D...
Tags: Design, Materials, Sketching, Michael DiTullo, Yo! C77 Sketch


Morpholios new Smart Fill AR feature makes calculating areas a snap

Many digitally savvy architects can attest to the incredible usefulness of Morpholio’s award-winning Trace AR sketch app – and it just got even better. Today the team just launched their new “Smart Fill” augmented reality feature, which can instantly calculate any area of your choosing during a live sketch. Homeowners, architects, designers and design enthusiasts of all kinds will find use for the feature – and it’s beautiful to boot. Available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Morpholio T...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Augmented Reality, Carousel Showcase, Sketching, Trace, Morpholio, Anna Kenoff, Morpholio trace, Trace App, Architecture Tools, Morpholio TracePro, Smart Fill, Design Calculation, Architecture Apps


Morpholios new Smart Fill AR feature makes calculating design areas a snap

Many digitally savvy architects can attest to the incredible usefulness of Morpholio’s award-winning Trace—an AR sketch app that just got even better. The team just launched today their newest augmented reality feature, “Smart Fill,” that can instantly calculate any area of your choosing during a live sketch. From homeowners to architects, designers and design enthusiasts of all kinds will find use for the feature—not to mention that it’s beautiful to boot. Available on the iPhone, iPad, and i...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Augmented Reality, Carousel Showcase, Sketching, Trace, Morpholio, Anna Kenoff, Morpholio trace, Trace App, Architecture Tools, Morpholio TracePro, Smart Fill, Design Calculation, Architecture Apps


Colored Pencil Sketch Shootout: Which are Better, Prismacolor Scholars or Prismacolor Premiers?

Wax hardness, pigment payout, sharpenability; these are things that concern the sketch-happy pencil geeks among you. Graphic designer, illustrator and art teacher Mark Campbell knows this. Campbell has his students use Prismacolor Scholars, rather than the more expensive Prismacolor Premiers. Here he tests them out side-by-side, and drops more pencil knowledge than any of my professors ever did. (Ignore the click-baity title of the video, which I'll address in a minute.) I checked my local ...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Prismacolor, Sketching, Campbell, Blick, Mark Campbell


Yo! C77 Sketch: How to Add Texture to Your Sketches

Many of my analog sketches have this great texture to them. The secret is a piece of mesh textile that I put below the surface of the sketch that transfers through by rubbing the paper with a colored pencil. I show off the technique in this shoe sketch. Give it a try in your drawings and tag us if you post it on instagram.  As always, if you have any questions or comments on the techniques shown, leave them in the comments below. What other techniques would you like to see? Yo! C77 Sket...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Michael DiTullo, Yo! C77 Sketch


Yo! C77 Sketch: How to Simulate Woodgrain in a Sketch

When sketching furniture or architecture it helps to be able to simulate woodgrain. In this video I'll use a simple coffee table design to show you how I add woodgrain to a sketch. I use several tones of markers, pen, and white pencils to achieve this affect.  As always, if you have any questions or comments on the techniques shown, leave them in the comments below. What other techniques would you like to see? Yo! C77 Sketch is a video series from Core77 forum moderator and prolific des...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Michael DiTullo, Yo! C77 Sketch


Tools & Craft #87: Download Our Free Isometric Graph Paper for Sketching

Most senior designers I know insist that doing preliminary sketches on paper is far faster, and allows for far more creativity than using even the most sophisticated CAD software. The reason given is that even a good CAD program is still an additional layer between you and the manifestation of an idea.Even if you know how to draw, graph paper makes it easy to keep things in proportion. Isometric or 3D graph paper helps with proportion at the same time it helps you draw in 3D. To that end we are ...
Tags: Design, Brooklyn, Sketching, Joel, Tim, Joel Moskowitz, Tools for Working Wood, Gramercy Tools


Yo! C77 Sketch: Digitally Rendering a Shoe

To bring the fidelity of a sketch up just a little bit, I'll render it digitally. In this video I'll take a simple ballpoint pen drawing of a shoe and show you how I simulate color, form, and texture in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. As always, if you have any questions or comments on the techniques shown, leave them in the comments below. What other techniques would you like to see? Yo! C77 Sketch is a video series from Core77 forum moderator and prolific designer, Michael DiTullo. I...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Wacom, Michael DiTullo, Yo! C77 Sketch


Auto Design Sketch Challenge Results: Completing Preston Tucker's Split-Cab Pickup Truck Concept

Earlier we showed you a sketch for an unusual pickup truck from Preston Tucker's archives, and asked you to complete the design. Here are the results, in alphabetical order by last name, with captions from those who provided them: By Michael DiTullo: "A quick side cab sketch to get this party started." DiTullo also recorded his sketch process, so you can see how it all came together: By Steven Madsen: "3/4 view from the other side. Threw in a small crane for lifting heavy loads." ...
Tags: Design, Cars, Preston Tucker, Michael, Sketching, Tucker, Eric Strebel, Schubart, Michael DiTullo, Strebel, DiTullo, Steven Madsen, Thomas Parel, Adan Schubart


Unusual Illustration Jobs: What Does It Take to Be a Police Sketch Artist, and How Much Does it Pay?

When I was still in art school, I met a grad student making big bucks as a medical illustrator. I saw some of her work and it was insanely detailed and precise. In that pre-widespread-CG era, someone with her skills could make a lot of money drawing cutaways of organs.Another unusual sketch-skill-based job is police sketch artist. And it's almost the opposite of medical illustrator in that you needn't get every detail right, just a few telltale elements. Because of the way that we process faces,...
Tags: Design, Bbc, Pennsylvania, Sketching, Lancaster Police