Course rating 4.4 out of 5.

In this popular crash course for beginners Martijn van de Wiel will open your eyes to understand perspective and boost your confidence in design sketching. Get up to speed in just a few weeks!

Created by: Martijn van de Wiel

Start: any time
Duration: self paced
Modules: 4 (lifetime access)
Tutorial videos: 27 (5+ hours)
Language: English
Feedback: not included
Pricing: $100 $49,50

Start: any time (opening soon!)
Duration: self paced
Modules: 4 (lifetime access)
Tutorial videos: 27 (5+ hours)
Effort: 4-8h/module
Language: English
Feedback: monthly subscription (cancel any time)
Seats: limited!


You can enroll to the course by paying the course fee (credit card only). 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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Join now and set your own pace!

This popular crash course in design sketching will get you up and running in no time! There is only a limited number of seats available so sign up to get notified first about the enrollment. Don’t miss this opportunity to get personal feedback on your work!

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Member Reviews

“This course offers a feature that is unequivocally paramount to the novice designer: FEEDBACK. Definitely a great way to acquire rudimentary skills before committing to an expensive education.” – Tomer

“I learnt sketching In one month in this course more than 10 years by myself” – Gilberto Salas

“Excellent course. Although I did not spend more than 15 hours in total, my progress was exponential. For the first time in my life, I feel like drawing. I am an industrial designer and I think it will be very useful for my future.” – Leonardo Martinez

“It’s amazing that within only 4 weeks I’ve started to see all objects in the world differently.” – Julia Lebedeva

It was my first time, when I have had a real teacher. I learned a lot, actually every video was valuable knowledge, some of them answered my questions I couldn’t find in books or other materials.” – Jacek

“I enjoyed a lot this course, because the contents were taught in a very dynamic and understandable way. Besides I could obtain constant feedback looking the correction of the course members.” – Constanza Fredericksen Neira

Note: reviews are from the GET FEEDBACK plan

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the basic principles of perspective
  • Understand the (hidden) geometry of simple products
  • How to produce quality sketch lines
  • How to sketch linear products (e.g. laptops and printers)
  • How to sketch cylindrical products (e.g. flashlights)
  • How to combine cylindrical and linear shapes (e.g. cameras and radios)
  • How to use markers for simple shading

Course description
Most design sketching courses start with cubes which can be helpful but – to be honest – is not all that exciting. I believe a solid understanding of perspective can more effectively be obtained through observation! I will first send you out on an eye-opening field trip in perspective. We will then take a closer look at drawing linear products like laptops and printers followed by cylindrical products like flashlights. You will also learn how to combine linear and cylindrical shapes in products like cameras and housewears. You will not be alone. Inside the course you will be surrounded by peers working on the same assignments.

With a bit of discipline the whole course can easily be completed in one month. However, your speed and progress depend on your starting level and the time you can make available for practice. In this course you are in charge of the schedule: you can start anytime and really set your own pace!

Module 1. Field trip
Module 2. Linear products
Module 3. Cylindrical products
Module 4. Combined shapes


Enrollment plans
GET FEEDBACK – If you want to make progress fast, this feedback membership is for you. You will follow a guided program with instructions, video tutorials and assignments. You will have a personal project feed inside the course to upload your work for review. I will personally encourage you by reviewing all uploads and by giving you weekly feedback on your work for as long as you need. The feedback is marked up visually so you’ll know exactly where to adjust and how to improve. You will also be able to see all uploads by other course members. You can even help your peers by exchanging feedback on each other’s work.

Note: when the GET FEEDBACK plan is unavailable please sign up to get notified about the next opening for enrollment.

SELF STUDY – If you just want to watch the videos and practice by yourself this plan is for you. You will have access to all course tutorials and assignments. You will also be able to upload your work to the course for peer-review and you will be able to see all uploads by other course members. You can even help your peers by exchanging feedback on each other’s work.

Please note: instructor feedback is not included in this plan!



About the instructor

Martijn van de Wiel is a creative entrepeneur, industrial designer, founder of Sketchdrive and creator of the Design Sketching label. He is based in The Hague where he operates from his downtown studio surrounded by artists and creative professionals from all disciplines. Martijn is fascinated by the human ability to explore, learn and create.

Martijn created the Design Sketching label to share insight and experience on the subject of ‘sketching to create’. He regurlarly posts inspiring sketches and video tutorials directly from his studio- and classroom demos. He is currently producing and teaching a series of online design sketching courses to help aspiring creatives worldwide boost their sketching skills and leverage their creative potential. With a background in Industrial Design and more than 15 years experience in teaching courses and workshops at international design schools and innovative companies, Martijn has developed a unique approach in effective training of the sketching skill. His popular hands-on courses and workshops are reviewed as ‘fast learning’ and ‘eye-opening’ experiences.

With Design Sketching Courses, Martijn is on a mission to make professional sketch training available and affordable to all by reaching out to the worlds most talented sketch masters to help them connect and share their expertise with a worldwide community of learners.

As founder and CEO of Sketchdrive, Martijn reaches out to pioneers in online education to help them unlock creativity and amplify learning beyond the classroom. Founded on the principles of ‘learning by doing’ Martijn and his team have developed an interactive tool to easily share, review and give feedback on visual work.

Martijn in action in his class at TU/e.


Examples of annotated feedback on student work inside the course.



Tools & Materials
To get the best results it is important that you acquire the right set of tools. Hereby a list with materials that I personally prefer. You are free to choose for yourself, but remember that the quality of the tools has quite an effect on the quality of the results. The brands posted here are just examples. I am sure if you shop around you can find (cheaper) alternatives somewhere else. Don’t forget to ask for a student discount!

– a portable camera (smart phone is ok)
– a light blue pencil (NO graphite): e.g. Derwent Studio #32 or #35 or Prisma
– a couple of felt-tip pens (fineliner): e.g. Pilot / Stabilo / Uni-pin / read some reviews
– one heavy felt tip pen: e.g. Papermate Flair M / Pentel Sign Pen / Edding 1200
– a set of 3 grey alcohol markers (C2-C4-C6): e.g. Copic / Pantone / Prismacolor
– smooth A3 paper (at least 80 grams)

Optional extra materials:
– some coloured markers in 2-3 shades of the same colour (example in picture below)
– one A3 (or 11×14″) marker pad: e.g. 4Art / Copic / Bee Paper
 A soft white pencil (for highlights)

Suggestion for pencils, pens and markers.

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