Exploratory Sketching

Elective - graded 9/10 - B2.2 - ID@TU/e

Exploratory sketching is an elective, which is a course that can be freely chosen. The course is taught by Martijn van de Wiel, owner of the application used during the course named "Sketchdrive". Down below, my grading can be found.


Why I took part in the course Exploratory Sketching is subdivided into three reasons. The first one being the aim to decrease my sloppiness in sketching. Before starting this course, my lines weren’t straight and sketching did go less fluent. Therefore my goal was to increase my fluency and therefore efficiency of the design process. The second reason for choosing this course is because I wanted to know the tips and tricks behind design sketching and presentation sketching. Last but certainly not least, I enrolled because I immensely enjoy sketching.


Learning experiences


Before starting this course I already had good motor skills, a somewhat fluent hand and quite a bit of knowledge on how sketching was done. However, I intended to further develop my skills during this course using a basic routine. This routine included regular sketching, once every three days.

I expected the course to be thorough, tough and very well structured. I hoped to get inspired by many other great sketchers.


Starting with what I learned, I spend most of my time working on the rendering of my sketches. At the begin of this course I got a quick recap of how perspectives worked and in particular three-point perspective. Going on with more complex objects such as cylinders and combined products, I learned how to construct these objects. This construction helped me with designing my re-design in the end too. Additionally, I learned how to realistically and efficiently render my objects. The fact that one does not need to fully color a surface of an object has influenced my sketching and the durability of my markers.


Coming to materials, I found working with the three-step approach of blue pencil, fine liner, marker a great approach. I feel more comfortable drawing in light and afterwards trace these lines with fine liner. Using markers for different purposes such as see-through glass or the wings of a bee. This enabled me to use little tricks to make my sketching process more efficient.


Future applications


First of all, the construction of perspectives and the use of this for complex objects is what is going to make my sketching process easier in the future. Application of the three-step approach using three different pens/pencil to realize a sketch will help me in the future. I did not become more confident however I increased my fluency and efficiency a lot.



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