Toolbox Archive

Wacom’s Tablet-less Pen

Ready for a new Wacom product? I am. They just release a new “real” pen that will record and transfer your wonderful sketches to the computer…kinda like a livescribe for artist. Sounds fun. I just hope the pen part last long enough so i’m not shelling out a fortune for replacement cartridges that only last a day. [...]

Lost in Translation: 5 Tips for Digital Sketching

If you’re like me, you’ve dabbled with digital sketching here and there only to find yourself in a quagmire of confusion and disappointment as you realize that your newly acquired tools do not instantly offer a newly acquired increase in talent or skill. But, never fear, I have 5 simple tips to help ease the [...]

How To Get Your Own Style

Periodically I get questions from students, professionals, and curious people, and sometimes, those questions get me thinking. Recently, I received a question about how to develop a style. It really got me thinking, because I’ve never tried to deduce the origins of style when it comes to sketching. It happens so subtly and naturally, that [...]

Food for thought: Common oversights when starting out

Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, and believe me, I have been there as a beginning sketcher . . . . not knowing how to draw an ellipse, misunderstanding perspective, under appreciating practice, and so the list goes on. Mind you, I’ve always been doodling or dra  wing in one way or another, despite my early educational [...]

Toolbox: Shadows

Well not all about them, but this should help point you in the right direction. I’ve had a few people ask about the construction of shadows. I’ll talk about two types here and I’ll be up front here – I won’t cover every situation or even more complex scenarios, but the principles here will help [...]

Choosing Markers

Ah…. Choosing the right markers. I once counted how many I had and had over 200. I promise I have less now and didn’t pay for them all. I was obsessed for a while with markers in all their varieties. All brands are all different, but one thing is for sure – picking the right [...]

Quick Tip: Page Hierarchy

Recently it has been my pleasure to stop in on a few schools and visit with id students. As I’ve looked over work (sketch pages in particular) I have noticed a need for better organization of thoughts and visual information. Obviously with id sketching you want to tell a visual story. The best way to [...]

The Human Head

So we have been noticing a lot of work popping up on the forum for the competition! One of the things we also noticed was that some of the “head sketches” showing off the product need a little love. I know first hand that people can be very intimidating to sketch! So here is a [...]

Marker Sketch Tutorial: Luggage

Okay, here’s another sketch tutorial for you. We’ve received a couple requests for more marker demos with traditional media, so I broke it down for you in a few steps. People always ask what’s the key to laying down some good marker or pencil – I think the answer is really simple. Relax, and have fun and [...]

Quick Tip: Refresh and Reuse Those Old Markers

So . . . you’re a poor college student, starving artist, or another casualty of the raging recession. Markers aren’t getting any cheaper, the refill inks can be terribly expensive – so what do you do? The solution is rubbing alcohol

Marker Sketch Technique: Cylinder

See: Marker Tutorial: Cube Last week, I did  a quick sketch render of a cube. This week, we’ll take a look at a cylinder. If you ‘d like to follow along, simply download the cylinder sketch here and print it out. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can run some marker paper through the printer and [...]

Toolbox: Basic Marker Cube

Alot of people have been asking for this, so i finally decided to do it . . .  but this time in step-by-step style without the video. Go easy on me. If something isn’t terribly clear, feel free to email us or comment and we’ll update this post to make it water tight. First off, [...]