look at the cube i drew the cube


[Sketching with Tom Skeehan]

This week we’ve learnt some sketching skills from Tom skeehan, sketching are one of the important skills that we should developed well on it, which can express some organic part or parts that computer can’t go through in it. Here’s are my thought after the lesson,

What went well and what did I have difficulty with?

I think I drew cube from different perspectives well by using the method taught by Tom(drawing vanishing point). Instead of drawing cube, the method can be applied to draw any shape of things from different perspectives! However, I’m struggling with drawing long straight lines, circle and oval, by looking at my sketches there’s usually few attempts til I made a kind of circle or straight lines.

What did I enjoy or dislike?

I enjoy the method taught by Tom (drawing vanishing point)most! Since I thought at first, a good free hand sketch can only drawn by those people who have talent on it or who practiced a lot. After I’ve learnt that method, i found that I can now sketch some product in different perspectives within a correct ratio of those dimension. Instead of using tools like ruler to help us, by drawing two vanishing points, it eventually became my tool! Besides, I dislike the painting part using copic markers, I still don’t get it how it works, every time I paint on my cubes or drawing, I can’t made it looks even or with a fading effects, it just look ugly after I paint everything.

What would I do differently if I had my time again?

If I had my time again, I would draw the construction line of the camera lightly and then apply my final decided lines hardly, cause it’s a bit mess now in my sketching, it doesn’t show a really stand out finalize product at all. Besides, I should use Copic marker lightly too, it came out a darker layer when I press hard on it, I think I should apply it lightly and then overlay it when I need to shade it.

What were some of the key things I learned or insights which I developed?

I’ve learnt a lot then I expected about sketching, it’s all about how we manage the product in different perspective(finding mid-point), drawing different hardness of construction lines with a pen and managing well on the shading part with copic markers.
I’ve learnt that we should practice what we need to draw in our mind for few times first and then start drawing it out with a light construction line and then harder.

What led to those experiences or insights?

During the process of practicing sketching in the whole lesson, from drawing simple straight lines to drawing a Nikon camera, it led to those insights which I’ve developed step by step.
I think by practicing more and more, we need not to draw those vanishing points anymore, cause the concept of it will be developed in our mind, and it can be eventually applied in each of our sketching!

Adella @ Work

Happy Monday everyone! :D I’m Adella, a rising CD/ID sophomore.

^Amongst nature’s tallest Redwoods

This summer I was determined to get better at drawing. I didn’t want to take an internship quite yet without first gaining more confidence in visual communication and notation. I took a visual communication class and the following are some things I have come to realize and learn about improving. I am obviously not the best drawer but I hope that you’ll be able to gain something from my experience.

1. Whenever I get frustrated with not being able to draw something and I’m on the brink of quitting, I always have to remind myself that improvement is a process. It’s important to look back to old “iterations” or drawings and celebrate the dedication and mileage you’ve made, no matter how insignificant. That way the idea of giving up when you’re frustrated isn’t worth it because you’ll never be able to find out what your potential is, or in terms of the design process that’s like settling for the early iterations of a product and never attempting to push through a problem or reinvent a better solution.

^Here’s the progression of my cube drawings from 1st semester to this summer. I legitimately drew cubes like the left in the beginning of freshman year because I completely didn’t understand how perspective, line weight, and shading worked.

2. Redraw things from time to time to check for improvement.

^Here’s a comparison between my drawing at Phipps Conservatory during 2nd Semester and some summer plant drawings. Better ellipses and construction lines can go a long way!!!

3. Constantly experiment and try to have fun with it. Borrow from those you aspire to draw like and make it your own.

^I tried to draw these animals in different styles (gestural, structural, tone, white colored pencil, ball point pen, microns) in order to see what styles I was comfortable with and liked. 

4. After taking a lot of time to get down the basics I was much more confident in letting my creativity explode and take me wherever :) 

^When redesigning things, my class taught me a great exercise of drawing silhouettes so you think about the bigger picture and shapes instead of getting distracted with details. Then select something that you want to develop and run with it! 

Overall I still have a long way to go but I’m excited to see how I can apply what I’ve learned this summer to sophomore year and hopefully to some future internships.


In addition to drawing I travelled with some friends and family, my roommate Deborah Lee (also in design) visited for a week, I experimented with editing photos, and I am currently learning python.

^With my roommate Deborah Lee @ LACMA

^Noodle Exhibit @LACMA   

^Getty Museum

^Petaluma, CA

^A New Friend

^My Cheagle, Lance @ Redwood National Park

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions, comments, etc please don’t hesitate to contact me :D

And with that I hope you all have a fantastic rest of the summer! See you soon.