Everyone has their own way of doing things. I usually don’t think through my process while I am actually sketching a product or an idea. Things tend to flow naturally without much thought these days. I thought it would be good however to take a moment to document how I would sketch something like say a funky lil web camera.
Read on below the fold for more info about the process.
As you can see with a cylindrical form, I usually start by drawing in the line on which the minor axis of the ellipses will lie. This way, I can make sure the ellipses look fine while I am sketching. It also gives me a mental place for composition while composing say a sketch page.
After that, I loosely define any form definitions like say the lens by drawing ellipses on the surface in front as well as part lines for the “speaker muffs” to the sides of the lens. I’m not too concerned about the lines for the initial form being perfect. Once I outline the form and general sketch, adding lineweight will help tighten everything up just right.
Using roughly the same process, I then hash out the base by starting with ellipses, outlining the form and then dividing and adding details to it.
Shading then helps add depth and reinforce the message of what’s going on form-wise.
And that’s pretty much it. This sketch probably took me longer than it should have. I had to scan at intervals along the way. About 4 scanned steps were omitted for the sake of brevity, but hopefully this makes sense. Keep sketching!