Sketching for Surface Designers & Illustrators

Shannon McNab, Surface Designer & Illustrator

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14 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:00
    • 2. Sketching Versus Drawing

      1:20
    • 3. Sketching Supplies

      4:50
    • 4. Tips for 3 Common Sketching Issues

      5:31
    • 5. Keeping Your End Use in Mind

      4:38
    • 6. How to Sketch: Flowers

      3:42
    • 7. How to Sketch: Animals

      4:16
    • 8. How to Sketch: Faces

      5:02
    • 9. How to Sketch: Hand Lettering

      5:40
    • 10. Drawing Your Designs to Scan

      4:43
    • 11. Developing Your Signature Style: Part 1

      4:13
    • 12. Developing Your Signature Style: Part 2

      3:07
    • 13. Creating a Sketching Habit

      1:43
    • 14. Final Thoughts + Your Assignment

      2:23
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Project Description

Remember the key to improving your sketching is practice, practice, practice! So now it’s time to take everything you’ve learned and to sketch your heart out. Here’s your class assignment:

1. Choose one or more motifs from the Sketching Prompts PDF for your pattern or illustration. OPTIONAL: If you want an extra challenge, you can also choose one phrase from the Hand Lettering Prompts found in that same PDF.

2. Create rough thumbnail sketches to get the ideas flowing. Then sketch out motifs you chose for your pattern or illustration until you have enough designs you like to create a final piece.

3. OPTIONAL STEP: Use the sketches to create a final piece (either a pattern or illustration).

4. Finally, click the  “Create a Project” button above and post images of your sketching process and share with us anything you learned about yourself and your style.

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