After we updated our service forms a while ago, we’ve received some interesting queries for turning users' sketches into technical drawings, 3D magic, photorealistic images or all of the above. Sometimes working with drawn sketches can be rather time consuming, but other times the pencil drawings can be so well made that there's nothing else to do but be in awe and jealous of the talent. All this got us inspired this time to take a weekend look at sketching, with pencil, old school style.
The example above was posted in the Requests' list by Camilo Parra Palacio a while ago that got the discussion going of how useful it is even for an engineer to have an excellent drawing skill. Benjamin Garson, the latest engineer under spotlight admitted, too, in the interview that 'nothing will replace papersheets and pencil if you want to design fast and efficiently'. How much do your Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 2H or HB get used? Prefer ink? Colour or black and white? Any strong favourites among brands? Plain white or squared paper? iPad taking over?
Stephen Biesty originally drew pictures for kids. But there is a reason why his books are best sellers among adults as well. His cross-sections of rescue helicopters, London tube stations or space shuttles look cartoonishly cute, but the level of detail is the reason why it takes over 2000 hours on average to draw the content for one of his books.
Quite a number of Grabcadders have mentioned car companies and their designers as an inspiration. Here's some eye candy for you - how to draw a BMW (and other cars, if you check this Vimeo channel).
Something for technology savvy.
Kickstarter is a place where a lot of cool projects look for financing and of course we found one sketching related project there as well*. Don Lehman got an idea for a pencil cap that enables you to sketch on your touch pad. It's simple brilliance is something that impressed us, it's gotten tons of interest and a nice amount of financing already, so there is a very high chance you all can buy the pencil caps soon.
And, who wouldn't want a home work space like that?
It's your chance to show off your drawing skills now. If you've got any secret galleries of wheel sets, kayak models for that garage project with your kids, plane models or the next gadget in waiting for production to share, go ahead and post a link in the comments :)
* As always, this is unpaid promotion :) Everything we cover in our blog is something that looks, feels or simply is brilliant/extremely cool.