UIC Sketching Workshop

Spencer Nugent Workshop at UIC

Recently I was invited to travel to Chicago to work with the students at UIC’s Industrial design program for a sketching workshop session. i always look forward to not only traveling, but to engaging with students and faculty in an effort to share what I know and love about sketching with those I can share.

As usual, the day started with a short presentation about visual communication, it’s broad meaning to all of us, and in the context of sketching concepts and designs. I won’t bore you with details here, but if you are interested, you can always email me about coming out for a workshop at your school some time.

Then what followed was a marathon session of some serious non-stop sketching. There’s always so much to pack into just a few hours of presentation time, and it’s near impossible to get it all in, so I rarely take breaks these days during my presentations so that I can get as much out as possible for the students.

Spencer Nugent Workshop at UIC

All in all, it was received well. One of the concepts I do teach about it having a conversation with the sketch you’re working on. I didn’t coin that idea, and I cede it’s origin to a classmate of mine in college. Sketching really is an iterative process and rarely do I ever conceive an idea in my head only to have it perfectly executed on paper. It’s always good then to see someone present the process live and in the raw and acknowledge this simple, yet oft overlooked fact. It’s a process and it takes time.

Meet Nate

]A few of you may have noticed we have some more help here lately. Some call him chuck, chuckles, the beast, or simply Nate. He’s a good friend of mine from college, and Nate has offered to help out and take an active role here on the site. He’ll be helping out as a general community manager, or energy booster if you will. He’ll knock heads if things get out of line and help out where he can.

Sketchof Nate FInlay by designer Spencer Nugent

Nate lived in Las Vegas until at the age of 11 when his family moved to Sandy, Utah. “I grew up tearing things apart and trying to rebuild them.” says Nate. “At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkins Lymphona). I went through chemo and raditation and was deemed cured after 2 years.” Since then Nate has served an LDS mission, graduated from Brigham Young University in Industrial Design, and got married. Two years into the Industrial Design program my wife and I had our first boy. Nate and his family still reside in Utah. They have 2 boys and another boy due in 2 weeks ;)

Nate has worked with Taylormade Golf, Tupperware, Ogio, General Electric, and is currently the Product Design Manager at Handstand Inc.

Nate also plans to help with tutorials where he can. He’s got skills, so look out, and if you ever want to ping him, you’re sure to find him lurking around in the forums helping out another new member to the idsketching community. He’s got a good heart, a passion for design, and a keen knack for sketching as well.

We’re planning a few good things here and there in the near future that hopefully will help simplify, streamline, and make things smoother for everyone here. We’re excited for the new year and what’s ahead. So, without further ado, here’s some of Nate’s work -
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Tank Graveyard

Dead Russian tanks… doesn’t get much more inspiring than this.

More after the break.

(English Russia)

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Weekly Challenge#20

We just finished last weeks render challenge and it was a blast.  The sketch was a Bluetooth headset and there was a lot of great work. You can check it out after the break.

This next week we are sketching Desktop speakers. Come and join us and brush up on your skills or just have some fun.

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Process while sketching

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.

How to sketch a camera by Spencer Nugent

Read on below the fold for more info about the process.

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The weekly doodle is…

Along with the changes to the site we are also making some changes to the Weekly Sketch Challenge. We have gotten a lot of feedback, from visitors and students, on how we can better help out. So, from now on every Wednesday we will be doing a front page post announcing/closing the weekly challenge, feature a few sketches, and providing a “Re-Sketch It”.

Heres hows the “Re-sketch It” works. At the close of the challenge Me, Spencer, or one of the new Moderators will re-sketch a beginners sketch. We will then show the before and after so you can directly see what we changed to improve the sketch. Its pretty much a visual critique.

So If your wanting to pick up sketching again, need some help, or just need a topic to sketch sign up and come join us in the forums. Don’t worry about being out of place we have a good mix of Professionals and Beginners to help out. ;)

Click past the break to see a few great sketches from the past Challenges and to get this weeks Topic!

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Unofficial Wacom Fan Concept

I’m not a huge fan of cintiqs. Not that they’re a bad idea, but the excessive cabling, bulk, heat and glare make them unusable for me. That said, I’ve always thought that a solution would be cutting out those things.

Here’s a concept from Derick Schweppe, one of our fans, that addresses this very issue. It’s lightweight (I hope) tablet that runs Android OS with Wacom technology that would allow for full pressure sensitivity sketching without the bulk and the annoying cables.

Here’s a bit from Derek on the tablet concept -

The tablet can be used as an input for fully featured software such as photoshop. The wacom tablet incorporates a dual digitizer with both active pen and touch input. When sketching with the pen palm rejection is activated. The tablet utilizes a high quality IPS display.

One can only dream right?

Here’s a pic and for the full gallery check out his flickr page.

Wacom Tablet Concept

Wacom Tablet Concept

University of Louisiana, Lafayette Workshop Recap

Spencer Nugent Design Workshops

A week or so ago, I had the opportunity to travel from California to Louisiana to work with the students at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette for an entire day. I’ve never been to Louisiana, but the people were warm and friendly, and there were good eats to be had all around. I must say, crawfish are amazing. I’m not sure how to spell what I had to eat, but it was delish.

Spencer Nugent Design Workshops

We started the workshop around 10 AM and plowed through the entire day non-stop. We covered everything from basic sketching, drawing through, primitives, warming up and line quality to marker sketching, photoshop rendering, and some light illustrator work. There was too much to cover in too short a time for me to take a break. Down there, not taking a lunch break is a sin, but I had to keep going. After all, the reason I do these workshops with schools is mostly to give back and give students what I didn’t always have when I was going through school. We had a great time and as far as I can tell, it was good for the students.

As always, if you’re interested in having me visit in person for a workshop, contact me at spencer [at] idsketching.com

Spencer Nugent Design Workshops

Spencer Nugent Design Workshops

Spencer Nugent Design Workshops

Kickstarter Project: MORE/REAL Stylus

I really love the idea behind this stylus for capacitive touch screens. the MORE/REAL Stylus uses the existing body of your favorite and familiar pens with a capacitive cap to give you a familiar feeling while sketching. I’m really looking forward to more thoroughly using these. I supported the project – Check it out and support this project if you have the means, and are excited about the idea as well. Good luck Don!

Video: Part 1 of camera sketch – roughing it out

I know, I know. It’s been a while right?  No videos, no updates etc etc. I’ve had my hands in a few things lately and needless to say, I’v e been SUPER busy. I have some good plans for the site though– a way to simplify things if you will (more on that later, as I don’t want to spoil any surprises).

In the mean time, check out this video on how to rough out a quick page layout. It’s part of a three part series I’ll be putting up over the next little while that will cover roughing out the page, overlaying the sketch with pencil, and finally adding some marker to the sketch page.

The Miseducation of the Doodle

If you like to sketch then chances are you have been accused of not paying attention during a meeting, class, or “defining the relationship” chat. I have…many times…and sometimes they were right. ;)

Well, no longer do you have to hide in the corner of the room. Heres a fun article validating the doodle. Spread it around and maybe we can convience a few stick in the muds that doodling is great!

Check it out!

A Good way to Observe Ellipses

Ellipses can be one of the most challenging parts of sketching. Not only is getting the right degree and perspective tough, but getting a smooth consistent line is a whole other story.

Fortunately JESTER, one of our awesome users in the forums came up with a neat way to show how ellipses work. By simply finding a clear or transparent cylindrical object and applying some tape along the cross-section at evenly spaced intervals, it’s easy to see how ellipses work and behave at varying viewpoints. It’s a pretty effective way to remind yourself how they look in perspective when you’re trying to sketch that sick design full of ellipses.

Here are a couple other resources on the site as well for you to check out. Of course, you can always email me – spencer [at] idsketching [dot] com for help or questions. I may not get back immediately, but I usually do get back.

The Sketch Lab

Some Ellipse Basics

Primitive Combinations