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
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

UPDATED Sept 9, 2016 - 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!

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Marker Basics: What Tools to Use & Basic Sketching

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


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


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.

1 page

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.

1 question

Quiz on the section on the basics of marker sketching.

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Section 2: Marker Shading: What to Think About When Starting to Shade
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.


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.


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


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

1 page

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

1 question
Quiz on the section about marker shading.
Section 3: Rendering Complex Shapes with Markers

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


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.


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

Section 4: Car Design: How to Render and Color a Car in Perspective

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


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


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


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.

Section 5: Texturing with Markers - Wood

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!


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


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


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


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


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


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!

Section 6: The Importance of Using Highlights

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.

Section 7: BONUS Videos

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

Section 8: Congratulations on finishing the course!
10 pages

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!

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Instructor Biography

Marouane Bembli, Industrial Designer & Online Teacher

Hi, I'm Marouane. I'm here to give you the tools and information you need to reach your goals in your professional career. I value your time and I'm honored that you chose to know more about my courses here on Udemy.

What I can guarantee you in all my courses is that you'll get actionable advice and learn techniques that you can implement immediately and see results. I cut the nonsense out of my lectures and focus on what matters. This is something I know I appreciate when taking a course and I think you do too.

Who are you and what can you do for me, Marouane?

You could say I'm a wannabe surfer and backpacker (34 countries and counting) who loves design and helping others succeed. I have worked as an industrial designer, concept artist and illustrator for over 8 years and online marketer for a couple of years now. The techniques I'm sharing with you have allowed me to live my vision I had as a kid, which was to work as a designer and move from a small suburb outside of Stockholm, Sweden to the sunny beaches of South Florida.

My professional design journey began in 2008 designing consumer electronics for companies in Hong Kong and the U.S.

In 2010 I moved to Italy to study a master degree in automotive design in collaboration with the design team from Audi and Lamborghini and I graduated a year later. Since then my designs have been featured online and in numerous magazines such as Auto Motor & Sport, Auto Express, Car Magazine, Top Speed and Car Scoop.

What I do

I currently work with the largest privately owned medical device developer in the world to help them solve their design problems and create better products. I'm also the founder and creator of TheSketchMonkey and ProVideoSlides where we create products for video marketers.

Throughout the years I've had the opportunity to work with companies in Switzerland, Italy, USA and Sweden, designing products ranging from medical equipment and food packaging machines to concept art and automotive design.

Why should I join your courses?

If you are serious about improving your skills and you want someone to guide you in the right direction, my courses are for you. One thing to remember though, you need to be prepared to put in the work. I will be there to help you as much as I can in the discussion board of each course, but you have to have the mindset and desire to want to learn. That's all you need. You'll always be up to date since I will add lectures to the courses on a regular basis.

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