Marker Sketching: Master Design Sketching with Markers
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Marker Sketching: Master Design Sketching with Markers

Master design sketching with markers from doodles to complete renders with the help of an industrial design expert
4.4 (202 ratings)
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3,917 students enrolled
Created by Marouane Bembli
Last updated 9/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Choose correct tools to get started with marker sketching
  • Explore deep reflections using marker layers
  • Differentiate between sketching glossy and matte surfaces
  • Learn sketching techniques for a smoother end result
  • Render complex and organic objects and shapes
  • Have an understanding of car design sketching in perspective from start to finish
  • Put soft and hard highlights appropriately
  • Add section and parting lines to a design
  • To follow along and do the exercises included in the course, you will need a set of markers of any brand, a pen, a pencil and printing paper or marker bleed proof paper. For highlights you'll need white ink such as a Posca white Pen.

UPDATED - Section 5: Texturing with markers - Wood

Design is a big part of my life. Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by design sketching and especially marker sketching. I mean, who doesn't love to draw and sketch stuff right?

Hi, my name is Marouane, I’m an industrial designer and founder of TheSketchMonkey, a community for designers. Sketching is something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember and it has taken me on a journey all over the world - from my native country of Sweden to designing cars in Italy all the way to my current location, South Florida.

In this 5 hour video course, you will learn the marker sketching techniques that I’ve learned over the years as a designer.

Inside Marker Madness you will learn how to use markers to visualize your ideas on paper. From early pencil outlines to complete design renderings. We'll talk about what to think about when sketching with markers, what tools you should use to really complement the markers, the different sketching and stroke techniques for a smooth final result, how to blend markers and what to think about when adding highlights.

You’ll also learn a detailed step by step walk through of a car rendering where you can literally watch over my shoulder as we go from early outlines to a full blown color render and much much more!

This course is for you who want to improve your analog sketching skills - maybe you are an industrial designer just like me or a complete beginner who wants to dive into the world of marker sketching. 

If you have any questions or feedback what so ever about the course or a specific lecture, please make sure you write it in the discussions forum. All feedback is more than welcome, since that's what I'm going to use to expand this course over time.

Thank you for your interest in my course. I’m excited to show you all of this and I hope you are too!

Click "take this course" right now, grab a pen and paper and let’s get the creative juices flowing!

Who this course is for:
  • Marker Madness is for anyone who are interested in improving their marker design sketching skills. It's meant for both newbies who are picking up a marker for the first time and more experienced designers.
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 04:51:57
+ Marker Basics: What Tools to Use & Basic Sketching
5 lectures 26:43

Short overview where I'll explain the content of each course section.

Preview 05:29

Before we start to go crazy with markers, let's see what types of markers are available and which ones suits you best.

Preview 06:55

Determining the direction of light is the first thing you want to do before starting a sketch. This will help you see where to put highlights and what surfaces are in shade, It will also help you decide the line weight and where to put thicker outlines.

Always keep your light source in mind

Print out this sheet of paper and practice your marker sketching on the cubes. Keep in mind where your light source is and divide the surfaces inte 1, 2 and 3 based on shading tones.

Shading exercise .pdf - Print out and practice
1 page

Quiz on the section on the basics of marker sketching.

Marker Basics - Quiz
1 question
Introduce yourself! Would love to meet you
+ Marker Shading: What to Think About When Starting to Shade
6 lectures 48:31
Quick heads-up before we continue

Depending on if you want a matte or glossy surface, we need to treat the reflections accordingly. In this video, you'll learn how to render a basic matte surface and what to keep in mind.

Preview 11:34

Glossy surfaces means we need to treat the reflections a bit differently than if we were to sketch a matte surface. Let me show you how in this video.

Shading glossy surfaces: How to get the reflections right

Going into more rounded and organic shapes means fewer straight lines and more curves.

Shading glossy surfaces when sketching round objects

Once you're happy with the marker work, we can go in and add details such as a parting line and a few highlights.

Shading glossy surfaces: Adding highlights and parting lines

Print out this exercise and practice your matte and glossy marker rendering techniques!

Shading exercise .pdf - Print out and practice
1 page
Quiz on the section about marker shading.
Shading Basics - Quiz
1 question
+ Rendering Complex Shapes with Markers
3 lectures 42:20

Now we are starting to get into more complex and organic shapes. Let's start by rendering a glossy ellipse.

Rendering rounded organic shapes

A good way to add "weight" to an object is by playing around with the line weight or base line. In this video, you'll learn how that's done.

Brush techniques: When and where to use the wide tip and fine tip of the marker

Car design sketching is always fun and it doesn't have to be complicated if you stick to a few guidelines.

Side view car sketching: It doesn't have to be complicated
+ Car Design: How to Render and Color a Car in Perspective
4 lectures 01:07:11

We are starting this 3/4 rear view of a sports car outlining the design and proportions.

Preview 19:49

Once we are happy with the proportions, we go in and lay down a first layer of red marker.

Part 2: Second layer reflections and filling in black

To really make the reflections "pop", we want to add depth to them by using darker shades on top of lighter ones.

Part 3: Rendering windows and adding highlights

Now we are getting into the details of the car such as parting lines for the door, window tint, wheel details and adding highlights with a white ink pen.

Part 4: Fixing marker bleed areas and sharpening up outlines with BiC pen
+ Texturing with Markers - Wood
8 lectures 23:48

For this section, we will be using simple tools and few markers so even if you don't have a lot of markers, you can still follow along!

The tools we will be using

Before adding any markers, we need to make an outline with a pen of the object we are going to render.

Outlining our wooden box

Let's jump ahead and get going with our markers! 

Light source & first marker layer

In this lecture, we'll add the second marker layer to our rendering

Second marker layer

We need to add some "veins" to our wood surface to make it look more real. Here's how to do that!

Final marker layer & Add wood veins

Keeping in mind where out light source is, we can add some subtle white highlights using a white pencil.

Adding highlights with white pencil

Sometimes the sketch can end up looking static and lifeless. Here's how to add more life to your sketch and make it more interesting!

Adding "life" to your wood texture

Now when we know how to sketch a wood texture, let's take the first letter of your name and make it into a wooden letter!

Sketching a wooden letter
+ The Importance of Using Highlights
1 lecture 15:09

Highlights can make all the difference in a sketch. The more contrast you give the sketch, the more depth it gets. This means you want to use both complete black and total white at some point in the sketch. Highlights are a great way to make use of white.

Soft and hard highlights: What to keep in mind
+ BONUS Videos
6 lectures 56:03

In this bonus video, I want to show you a quick and easy way to sketch a car in perspective. This can be done both digitally and with manual tools such as pen and paper.

Preview 10:43

Before jumping into markers, we want to have a clear outline or idea of what it is we need to sketch. In this case, we are sketching, you guessed it, cars! Here's a trick to get the proportions and perspective done right.

Preview 04:28

In this video, I'll walk you through the steps I usually take when sketching a car in side view using markers.

Marker car rendering in side view - Part 1

This is part 2 of the previous video. Here we are adding the details and getting the wheels done before finishing off this side view rendering.

Marker car rendering in side view - Part 2

Working on large surfaces and area of a sketch gives us an opportunity to really show reflections and glossiness in a sketch. Here I sketch an earplug to show how this can be done.

Headphones rendering with markers - Part 1

In part 2 of the earplug sketch we go into the glossy surface of the product and adding highlights and reflections.

Headphones rendering with markers - Part 2
+ Congratulations on finishing the course!
2 lectures 00:12

As a thank you for taking my course, I've created this .pdf for you with a step by step guide on car design rendering. I wish you all the best in your sketching!

Thank You gift
10 pages
In case you forgot