This course is ideal for anyone wishing to expand their skills and portfolio into the Transportation Design area.  All the sketching techniques are manual based, with some basic digital applications and post-production effects.

Created by: Jeremy Hugh Aston



Enrollment: any time
Duration: self paced
Modules: 4
Effort: 4-6h/module
Language: English
Pricing: $55


Start: any time
Duration: self paced
Language: English
Pricing: $29


You can enroll to the course by paying the course fee (credit card only). All course prices are tax included. Once your payment has been received, you will receive a personal invitation to access the course on Sketchdrive at the email address that you fill out on the payment form. To enter the course you will need a Sketchdrive account. If you do not have a Sketchdrive account yet, you will be asked to sign up to Sketchdrive first, this is free.

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Sketching the past, present and future of Transportation Design

As an Industrial Designer I have always been fascinated with Transportation Design.  Not solely concerned with the speed and styling issues, but more about the technology the vehicles represent and how they communicate this visually.

The course topics (lessons and workshops) are academic or professional based experiences; from personal projects or inspired from other designers I have collaborated with over the past 20 years.

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to expand their skills and portfolio into the Transportation Design area.  All the sketching techniques are manual based, with some basic digital applications and post-production effects.

The course concludes with a final workshop topic, where student members can try-out their sketching skills on other design issues.

See you in Design Sketching Courses!
Jeremy Hugh Aston




Program, Course Topics

  • 1º Topic/Lesson, SUV car (profile).
  • 2º Topic/Lesson, Mini-bus (hood, bumper & fender).
  • 3º Topic/Lesson, Passenger Train (nose cone & cabin area).
  • 4º Topic/Workshop, various exercises, expanding on all the above (Feedback course only)
  • Hello; introductions, my CV, Portfolio and FAQ.
  • Read me; important course information, about how to use and navigate with Design Sketching Courses, course windows, folders and files.
  • Useful info; tools, materials and media used during the course.

All Topics (Lessons & Course Material) are easy to understand, with step-by-step instruction, images, videos and plenty of personal feedback.

What youll learn

  • ✔ To use underlay sketches
  • ✔ Sketching and rendering with marker pens
  • ✔ Templates and stencils to refine sketches
  • ✔ Black and white pencil-work to define and highlight objects
  • ✔ Basic rendering principles using Sketchbook Pro
  • ✔ Post-rendering effects with Photoshop
  • ✔ How creative ideas and design sketching work together

Member Reviews

“Great course; it has really lit my fire to get sketching again and I’m just loving it all” – Luke Thompson

Note: reviews are from the GET FEEDBACK plan

Enrollment plans
GUIDED COURSE WITH PERSONAL FEEDBACK – If you want my help to make good progress, then this course is for you; following a 4-week program with video tutorials and guided lessons.

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 marked visually), so you know exactly where to adjust and improve the sketch work. You will also have access to other course members work and exchanging feedback.

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

The course will run continuously, so you can enrolled and any time and set your own pace.

On successful conclusion of the course, I am available to give a certificate confirming your participation (on request).

SELF STUDY COURSE – If you just want to see, try and work at your own pace, you can have access to all course tutorials on a limited basis.  You can upload your work for peer-review and also see other members work.  Please note: instructor feedback is not included in this plan!

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 tools and media to attempt and complete these exercises.

– 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 light 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 trail versions from Autodesk).
– Photoshop or Gimp, installed on PC (free trial versions or freeware).


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