Questions tagged [sketching]

Questions about initial design roughs. A sketch is not meant to be the end result of a design or piece of art. It is a quick, often conceptual outline to demonstrate an idea, shape or process.

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How to generate animations based on the sketches?

I recently came across this video, where a sketch is generated as a video animation. I have a good idea of how to sketch in Photoshop, for example, if I have the exact the same sketch with layers in ...
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What is a good software to make technical and/or schematic illustrations about space and orbital dynamics?

I'm currently using Inkscape to make some sketches as reference frames and simple drawings regarding space and orbital dynamics. But I've some difficulties when I have to draw an ellipse, its focus ...
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Client requesting source files to all design drafts and to all versions throughout the process

I started logo and packaging design a year ago. The client warned me they would be complicated and would demand many changes - however, I believed with my skills (and love for the product) we would ...
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Is sketching or drawing someone else's photograph a copyright violation?

If someone were to sketch or draw (digital or otherwise) an existing photograph by someone else of say, the Pyramids of Giza (by "photograph", I'm referring to images taken with a camera and ...
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Can you in some way design a "sketch" illustration theme for Google Maps?

Is there any way to make Google Maps like this? This is promising, but not for Google Maps. This doesn't look promising :)
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Logo sketch critique [closed]

Logo for Hardy Boys Media, a social media marketing company. Fairly small, started by two brothers, a few big clients. Here are some preliminary sketches to get an idea of the direction to go. Andy ...
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Best tool to quickly colour vector shapes

I need a tool that lets me quickly colour vector shapes. The Live Paint tool in Illustrator is good BUT the problem is that I also need the same shapes to have a specific stroke, an hand-drawn like ...
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Paper background with flecked or fibrous pattern

How do you achieve the background paper effect in Marissa Mayers CV? It looks like there are a bunch of soft sketched lines and squiggles, or it was printed on that creme contour expensive paper and ...
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How long does it take to design a single wikihow illustration? [closed]

On average, how long does it take to design a single wikihow illustration such as the one mentioned in the link below? https://www.wikihow.com/Find-Scholarships
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is there something inherently special to non photo blue pencils?

Recently I was at my university campus store and stumbled upon a sky blue pencil that was labelled "non-photo blue". I thought to myself that it seemed like any other crayola sky blue pencil, as you ...
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How to paint this bottle glossy?

I am trying to paint this self designed thermos bottle glossy red but I am not been able to understand the light and how to give the glossy effect and how to give light effect on the division line in ...
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Creating a pressure sensitive pencil style in Gimp

I am new to GIMP and illustration in general but am trying to draw my own map and am following this guide. The first part of the guide is to sketch out the layout of the plan on the map and the ...
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Outlined sketch to PDF, Corel draw?

How do I transfer a simple outlined sketch 550mm x 290mm to a PDF file or to vector graphics in Corel draw ?
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learning to draw but hates proportions [closed]

i draw from time to time, just as a stress reliever and a hobby. i'm into very basic sketches, nothing to crazy honestly, but i always shied away from drawing people because i get intimidated. i don't ...
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Should I discard rough sketches as I develop my final version?

I have a series of paper sketches done as part of my design process. As I take the design to the next stage I am creating a better representation of my design that builds on my sketches and will ...
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Would it be weird in terms of aesthetic to design such a logo?

I'm drawing a sketch for a logo for a noun. Now, the word has 2 adjacent letters in it that can make a thing that describes the noun. But for that I have to put them in vertical order. For example, ...
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Is this still a sketch?

I have made two drawings and I copied both of them from someone on deviantART. These are my first drawings so I have very little knowledge about the subject. The first drawing (Stark/Iron Man), was ...
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How to create something like this? [closed]

What kind of style is this? https://dribbble.com/shots/2836556-Millennium-Falcon-spacecraft-illustration How would I go about creating something in this style?
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Balsamiq sketch skin in Sketch App

I search to have a Balsamiq mockup skin style in the Sketch mac app. Is there a library or something else ? Thanks.
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Does this kind of sketch have a name?

I am trying to determine the general name for this kind of sketch. I've been calling it a frame sketch or a ball-and-stick sketch for some time now, but I'm pretty sure that's wrong (especially since ...
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Stylize scientific plots

I am preparing illustrations for a scientific publication. As a direct result of calculations I obtain figures (raster format) as depicted in the first row below. Now journals are full of these kind ...
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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?

What makes Moleskine so frequently cited as the go-to sketchbook for artists. StackExchange offered us Moleskine notebooks (though I still never got mine!). There's countless pages on the web ...
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Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can do duplication

Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can make a simple doodle, duplicate it within the same canvas say 5 times, and make alternations to each copy of the doodle. Does anyone know an app that ...
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Best Way To Digitally Capture a Pencil Sketch [duplicate]

I am building a small app about the human face. I have an artist that is sketching pencil based illustrations for me. Mostly in black and white (pencil black/grey) with a hint of colour here and ...
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How did Jony Ive draw the curved lines along the edge of this pen so evenly spaced together?

Along the edge of the pen case there are three curved lines very close together. Was this done by hand?
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Does your company have a GOOD process for multi-platform design development? [closed]

If you've worked in a well-organized, big team environment, from designers to developers, I'd love to hear from you... I need to propose a design process for a web design team that will be working ...
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How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?

I have a studio where I never use a computer. I only work with paper and pencils. How strong lighting (how many Lux) should I aim for if only using ceiling lights (LED at 6000K)? Is 1000 Lux enough? ...
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Logo: improvement, what software to use, general guidelines

I'm an amateur interested in graphic design. What I'm doing is a logo for a brand called Shelves. I started sketching with the idea of the letter S + a book, shelf, sheet of paper or something ...
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How do I find the inclination of my Horizon line with respect to the paper/board while sketching a 2-point perspective?

Premise: In a 2-point perspective, the two vanishing points dictate the angle of the lines parallel to the respective axes they represent, say X and Y, while the third axis, say Z, is perpendicular/...
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How do I prepare a scanned pencil sketch for coloring in Photoshop?

I want to color sketches in Photoshop, but when I prepared the sketch (using Levels, Hue, and other modifications) to turn it into workable line art, some details were missing. I think it depends on ...
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How can I get a general line from a bunch of sketch lines?

I made this line work in Manga Studio, and transferred it to Photoshop CS6. I tried the pen tool, but it just doesn't look as good as I would've hoped. Are there any better ways to go about getting ...
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Going from gesture sketching to a final drawing

I'm trying to understand the process of going from initial gesture sketches to a completed drawing. Most of the instruction I've seen talks about the gesture phase and the late detail phase but very ...
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How to create doodles/sketches similar to those on Dropbox home page?

I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page. I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those images....
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A software to replace my pen and paper approach to sketch ideas

I try to adapt No Paper policy in my workflow. I'm a student of EECS and most of my daily job is doing some research and designing mathematical algorithms, Communication Networks, Math, Ideas,.... I'...
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Characters design tools

My students are creating 2D artwork of characters for integration in a video game. I'm unhappy with the results, because the bodies are "wrong", but I can't really help them out because I'm worse than ...
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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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Handdrawn like pencil sketch with inkscape

I have made this sketch with MS Visio which looks like it is handdrawn with a pencil: How can I achieve this with inkscape?
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Wobble a simple sketch to animate it

I'm wondering if there is a tool or simple method that will allow me to turn a simple pencil/pen sketch into something like the two images below. I received these in a newsletter from a Kickstarter ...
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Is there a gesture-like exercise for drawing faces?

Many people told me doing gestures is great as a learning tool, gives you the pencil mileage, feeling for shape, form and proportion, and so on. I started doing them, basing my tries on this, this ...
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I'm trying to make my character look big, strong, and imposing, but it always ends up cute and fat. What am I doing wrong?

Here is a quick example sketch: This is supposed to be a big, strong, evil, imposing demon-sculpture, but to me it just looks a bit too cute and cuddly. What should I be doing to make it look more ...
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Tablet App for Sketching Technical Concepts

I'm a software developer looking for some sketching app for a tablet. In my daily business I need to sketch a lot of technical concepts. Instead of composing them out of a palette of predefined shapes ...
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Drawing tools for scientific papers

Hello I would you to propose me a program which can be used to make figures on scientific papers. An example of a figure that I want to create is of a body (2d) with forces on it, or figures with ...
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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I'm talking about real pens, not software! I love drawing with Sharpies except that I often smear the lines with my sweaty wrists! What's a similar black drawing pen/marker (felt tip or otherwise) ...
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Web design components workable on paper [closed]

What are the main components of web design that can be sketched on paper? I refer to the visuals of a design that could be developed by sketches and drawings. Like a sketch of a Web-page view in ...
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Bought Wacom Intuos4 for teaching through online videos

It came with Photoshop 10 Express, Autocad SketchBook Express and Corel Painter Sketch Pad. They all seem like great tools for creating/modifying art and photos. Is there a better application for ...
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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Uploading Fast sketches to Internet with Wacom Drawing Board and Phone?

Suppose I have some phone and some Wacom drawing board (I have actually many Wacom boards so suppose any of them). I do not want to plug the Wacom board into my computer but to plug it to my phone (...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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Format (Index) to locate sketches in scrapbooks

I am looking to sit down diligently every day and sketch something in my Moleskine whether it be for work or fun to get a grasp on my own creation versus checking design blogs only. What I would like ...
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Need an input device between tablet and smartpen

This question is a bit complicated to sum up in the title. I know there are a few technologies when it comes to digitizing your drawings. Tablets like Intuos and Bamboo Smartpens like Livescribe Echo ...
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