Introducing the essentials for creative design sketching; if you are struggling with perspective drawing, making elliptical shapes or inexperienced with marker pens, then this is the course for you. DSW Essentials is a foundation of techniques commonly used for communicating ideas and three-dimensional design.


Created by: Jeremy Hugh Aston

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Duration: Self-paced
Language: English

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Start sketching effectively and unlock your creative potential

This course focuses on the essential materials, tools and techniques used for creative sketching and how they bring your ideas to life.

With Design Sketching Courses feedback I will show you how to draw three-dimensional objects on paper, controlling perspective, line quality, tone, shade, colour and textures.

The course program consists of various topics/lessons to sketch and manipulate geometric shapes (cubes, planes, cylinders, spheres and organic forms) and concludes with a workshop, where members can try-out their sketching skills on other design objects.

All this can be done in about 4 to 6 weeks and will help you get started in creating better sketch work and more effective communication of ideas.

Program, Course Topics

  • 1º Topic/Lesson; perspective planes and cubic shapes with pens and pencils.
  • 2º Topic/Lesson; ellipses and cylinders with marker pens.
  • 3º Topic/Lesson; spheres and organic forms with pens, pencils and digital rendering.
  • 4º Topic/Workshop; designing, sketching and rendering various products and shapes.

All Topics (Lessons & Course Material) are easy to understand, with step-by-step instruction, images, videos and plenty of personal feedback. Below, you also have my email and Skype address for deeper enquiry and one-on-one.

What you’ll learn

  • Perspective drawing and sketching 3D objects on paper.
  • Making paper models to understand perspective angles and lighting.
  • Control line weights with pens and pencils.
  • Sketching objects with circles and ellipses.
  • Defining shape, shadows and high-lights with pencils and charcoal.
  • Using marker pens, how they work and what they can do.
  • Rendering in colour and simulating different materials with pencils, pastels and markers.
  • Use templates, rulers, circles and curves.
  • Some basic digital effects.
  • Practice speed sketching … become a drawing athlete.

Member reviews

“While my background is in Architecture, I have always wanted to do Industrial Design. I found “DSW: Essentials” on Design Sketching and decided to try it. I was very impressed by how much Jeremy knew about the fundamentals of drawing. He encouraged me to improve my skills even in the smallest areas to make my drawings better over what I had previously been able to do. My drawing skills were really stretched beyond what they had been before I started. Jeremy’s helpful detailed critiques of my work were both informative and encouraging as well. If you are looking for a great course to learn the fundamentals of Industrial Design drawing, or just to improve what skills you already have; then this is one of the best around and I highly recommend it” – Erick Beebe

Note: reviews are from the GET FEEDBACK plan

Enrolment plan (feedback or self-study)

DSW courses have two experience options: (A) with instructor feedback, (B) self-study.

(A) Instructor feedback: access to all course material, guided topics/lessons and personal feedback. If you want my help to make good progress and participate in the feedback group, then this course is for you; following the program with video tutorials, guided lessons and plenty of personal feedback to help improve your skills. The course runs continuously, so you can enrol anytime and set your own pace to upload and complete the work. However, in March, July and December I organise more intensive feedback periods and invite all new members to participate.

(B) Self-study: access to all course material. If you want to work quietly at your own speed and do not need my feedback, then this is another option you can try. Later, if you want to upgrade to the feedback option, then just purchase the Self-study option once more and you’ll be upgraded.


Course information

When you enrol and join the course; within the course homepage you will have a personal project folder to upload your work for my review; encouraging your development by giving you frequent feedback (written and illustrated), so you know exactly where to adjust and improve your sketches. You also have access to your colleagues work, see their progress and exchange feedback with each other.

Since this is an online course, I have access to all your uploaded visuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; to give constructive feedback and guide you towards better results.

Tools & Materials

It is unnecessary to invest huge amounts of money with materials for this course.  However, it is important to have a range of basic media to attempt and complete these topics.

– Black, white and light blue, pencils (graphite 6B can be used in some cases): e.g. Derwent Studio #32 or #35 or Prisma.
– Thin & Medium felt-tip pens (fineliners): e.g. Pilot / Stabilo.  Heavy felt tip pen: e.g. Papermate Flair M / Pentel Sign Pen / Edding 1200.
– Grey (Cool & Warm) alcohol markers (C/W2or3 – C/W5or6 – C/W8or9) and a selection of colored markers (Canary Yellow, Orange, Red, Mid Green or Blue) e.g. Copic / Pantone / Prismacolor.  Avoid too dark or light pastel colors.  In addition to markers, please arrange some dry pastels with hues equal to the markers, plus black, white and sky blue.
– Circle templates, French-curves, Ruler, Putty-rubber, Craft-knife and Craft-tape.
– A3/A4 plain bond white paper (70/80 grams, slightly transparent with no texture).  Bleed-proof paper is preferred Copic / Bee Paper (note, bleed-proof and marker paper only work on one side).

– Digital camera, smart phone or tablet (to photograph your work and transfer to Design Sketching Courses).
– Sketchbook Pro, either installed on PC or Tablet (low-cost and free trial versions from Autodesk).
– Photoshop or Gimp, installed on PC (free trial versions or freeware).

See you in Design Sketching Courses!

Jeremy Aston



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