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Today we’ll look at a 4 steps tutorial that will help you better draw in 3D.
It’s a perfect training for whom face the Malediction of the Blank page, where you may face these challenges:
◾Can’t visualize any shape in 3d on a 2D paper
◾Or just no inspiration
◾So you feel paralysed.

I recommend you to watch the video about the Contour lines first – if you don’t know how to draw them.

The idea here is to create [Random products] without caring much about the real functions of the prodcut. However you will combine hardware details to give it a look of a product. This exercise allow you to train without complexing about the feasibility, and focus on researching new shapes. Observe hardware that surround you, identify the details and “Drag & Drop” these elements to your sketches:

◾Industrial: Screw, joints, cables, grooves…
◾Functional: Power cords, button, tab, icons…
◾Commercial: Logo, barcode, product specification, illustration…

Random product sketches - Step by StepThe 4 steps of the [Random product]

Step 1 Draw random shapes.
Fill your paper of few random shapes.

Step 2 Draw the contour lines
Even if these shapes are flat, play with the contour lines to give them a 3D volume appearance.
Try to represent it with the minimum of lines.

Step 3 Draw more contour lines
To give more definition to your shapes, add more contour lines.

Step 4 Add details
You don’t care much about the “real” functions, you just try to assemble different details together to make your shape looks like a product. Details will bring life to your shape.

Assignment of the day:

Take few objects such as phone, mp3 players, mouse, camera, kitchenware… observe them and practice the “Random product” challenge.
If you can do that, the day you need to create a product from a brief, your might visualise better some shapes without putting your pen on paper yet.
There will be side benefits to this training:
◾You will improve your quality of lines
◾Improve your vision in 3D
◾Get more familiar to the Happy accident (create new shapes randomly)
◾Put in practice your memory of forms
◾And let your ideas flow faster.

Have fun ! And let me know how it goes. 🙂
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