Autodesk University 2011

This year I was invited to attend Autodesk University as a presenter in the Creativity Lounge. It’s been an exciting trip so far, well as exciting as a flight, and quick check in goes! Tomorrow (the 29th) will be my first day on stage presenting to a (small) group of avid sketchers. My workshop is titled, “Back to Basics” and will be focusing on key techniques in design sketching visualization.

The other session I’m in charge of is called “Sketch to Death”, and you can expect just that, people dying from sheer excitement and hysteria. Okay, not really, but this is where I promise to bring out the big guns and go out with a bang.

In between session, you can find me in the lounge here at the Venetian in one of the many creative sketch pods for ONE ON ONE sessions.

So if you happen to be around Vegas at Autodesk University, pop on by and visit me. I’d love to meet you!

Spencer Out. Check out this link for more information about the Creativity Lounge at Autodesk University 2011

Manufacturing Videos

I know this is a sketching site but…I manage the content. So, here is a range of “how things are made?” videos.  If these don’t do it for you and you were hoping for a cool sketch or inspiration then check out the robotic arms. They are seriously cool….and dont forget to “watch those fingers!”

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Xstylus Review

Like sketching on your Tablet and want a nice Stylus? Check out our review after the break.

Edit:Well, Elton made his goal and wanted to thank all those who contributed.

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Book Review – I Draw Cars: Sketchbook & Reference Guide

We just got the previously announced I DRAW CARS by Matt Marrocco and Adam Hubers. Its a nice textured hard bound book and like the title states its meant to be a sketch assistant. It’s more like a mole skin sketchbook with helpful tips and resources than a fancy car book with pretty renderings.

The book has been broken up into 4 sections. The first section covers everything from diagrams and terms used in the car design industry to a list of car manufactures and inspiring/helpful websites. From there you get into the nitty gritty of car design.

Proportion, perspective, and advanced perspective. In these sections the authors do a wonderful job about giving you the building blocks of a good car sketch. They show you the different proportions for each basic type of vechile and then you can actually sketch right in the book. This can be very helpful as it will give you a direct comparison with the sketch on the previous page.

This same format is followed in the next chapters with the added benefit of having your wheel base drawn for you so you can become more aquainted with correct perspective and proportion. Most of this information can be found on the net but you do have to dig a bit and this is a nice one stop shop for all your basic car design information.

Overall it’s a well-crafted and contains some very useful information. I would recommend this book to beginners and intermediates who are looking to get their feet wet in car design, but you might struggle a bit with the price of the book when compared to the content your getting.

Design Process – Donn Koh

I just finished doing interviews for a design position and I can’t tell you how nice it is to see a high quality portfolio that is actually thought through. I saw a small sample of Mr. Koh’s portfolio quite a while ago on Engadget and finally got around to checking him out.  He has some great examples of the design process in action and each visual element has a reason for being there.

So, if your a student working on your own and need an example or your just curious go check him out.

All credit goes to Donn Koh, Tracy Subisak, & Herlinda for the above Renew project.

Concept Art – Charles Liu

Here’s a blog full of  wonderful artwork by concept artist Charles Liu.  Enjoy and keep sketching!

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. Blah!

You can find out more here.

Thanks to shiroc for posting this in the forums 😉

Check out Theo!

This guys artwork is prime for inspiring a wicked robot sketch session.

Heres more of  Theo stylianides.


With spring comes the busy season so the only time I have to draw is either really late at night or during really really really boring meetings, which there hasn’t been to many of ;). However, I always make sure i’m sketching. It gives me a break and lets my mind relax while my hand does all the work. So, with that, heres a gallery with snippets of the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy!

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I DRAW CARS Sketchbook & Reference Guide by Matt Marrocco & Adam Hubers — Kickstarter

Check it out – Here’s an interesting concept and project from Matt Marrocco and Adam Hubers. I’m a big fan of any sketching book that does a good job teaching the basics and I DRAW CARS seems to be no exception. I know many of you are interested in car design, and if you’re one of those guys (or gals) that has a hard time getting the proportions and techniques down, check out I DRAW CARS on Kickstarter and pitch in to make this book happen.

I DRAW CARS Sketchbook & Reference Guide by Matt Marrocco & Adam Hubers — Kickstarter.

3D Brain Food

Its been sometime since we posted…more excuses…blah blah blah. Anyway heres a cool site. Lots of stuff. Lots of very nice stuff. CGSociety

Si Scott Drawings…oh the vinyl possibilities!

You guy and gals really need to check out these amazing illustrations by Si Scott Studios. Ive seen them before but just came across them again. I really would like to get a vector file of the gold fish and cut it out of vinyl so it will cover 1/3rd of my bedroom wall. That would me SWEET!

You can check out some lower res versions here but if you want the biggies just hop over to the company site and browse the work section.