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Win a copy of Learning Curves – An inspiring guide to improve your design sketching skills, the new book by Allan Macdonald and Klara Sjolén.

Design Droplets has a signed copy of the fantastic new design sketching book from Allan Macdonald and Klara Sjolén to give away to one lucky reader. You can read the recent Design Droplets review of the book, Learning Curves – An inspiring guide to improve your design sketching skills by Allan Macdonald and Klara Sjolén, here.

How do I to enter?

Just leave your best design sketching tip in the comments on the review post – “Learning Curves – Book Review” before 5pm (AEST) on the 30th of September 2011. 

Bonus Prizes

If we get comments on the book review post from over 50 entrants we will be giving away two extra copies of the book to two more lucky winner’s and as well as receiving a copy of Learning Curves each winner will receive a Design Droplets prize pack which includes a Keep Cup (winners get a choice of colour) and a set of Moleskine Journals.

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14 Responses to Win a copy of Learning Curves

  1. willie liz - September 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    don’t sketch every detail in your head, let it just flow on the paper.

  2. ricky biddle - September 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

    + don’t be precious with your first sketches, the first one doesn’t have to be the final, start off rapidly communicating ideas with yourself
    + daily line and ellipse excercises really do pay off in time and can help you more quickly shake out the rust if it has been awhile since you sketched last

  3. Hamish Tennent - September 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Stop caring about what other people thing of your sketches! If you sketch for the purpose of sketching and not to please others, your ability will come along much quicker!

  4. Akshat - September 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    when sketching initial concepts
    - set a time limit for each sketch (2-4 mins per sketch ).
    -try to fill the entire page with sketches..(it helps to generate more ideas faster + it looks better in presentation)
    # Don’t know what to sketch ? draw hands, faces, body, figures…they not only help you learn how to sketch but also are important part of presentation..

  5. Aone Pathan - September 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    When design and sketching come into play, forget about everybody and everything else in the world. You might call this passion or imagination, or whatever. But wouldn’t it be much more fun when you live in the realm of your mind alone from the worries outside and display to this world what your mind has invented, designed, and created? Bottom line: Share your world, do it fearlessly, and enjoy the work you have created!

  6. Stephen - September 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Don’t be afraid to copy sketches from others time to time. It gave me a real help to line up perspective properly.

    Also use one page of your sketchpad for nothing but random lines. Use it before you sketch to properly free out your shoulder muscles.

  7. steven wang - September 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm


  8. steven wang - September 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    It’s not about making each line perfect when you first start to sketch. It’s very liberating and free for me when I do gesture drawings. Beauty as well as imagination often lies in the imperfections.

  9. Karen - September 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    FLOW…just let it flow and let your creativity go! Sketching is your chance to use your imagination.

  10. Mehmet Yuzbasioglu - September 28, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Proportion is the key. Every object has a specific proportion. If you get the right proportions, your drawing will always communicate what object that is.Even outlining an object will communicate what it is. Don’t start drawing from details, get the big picture first. Be fast and light. Then you can locate and connect the details easily. Getting the right proportions is not that hard. You can always find a reference point of an object where you can relate the rest of it(for example wheels are used to draw cars in proportion).

    So if there is an order in drawing, I guess getting the right proportion is the first thing to do.

  11. Derek Cascio - October 7, 2011 at 5:34 am


  12. Josue Munilla - October 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

    When you sketch, sketch what you see in your mind, or what’s closest to it. Unlike me, I just throw out lines and things just start coming together. Don’t worry too much about proportion, worry about you licking it, if you don’t like it; why are you imagining it or looking at it. As you get closer to that professional level, you’ll learn from your mistakes. It’s always good to copy/trace things in order to get the right proportional image in your mind and follow through with it as it flows out from you with a pencil/pen etc. Practice makes perfect.

  13. Amirhossein - April 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Before all, we need to open our mind.

  14. Amirhossein - April 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Before all, before picking the pen, we need to open our mind to remove all limitations in it, to clear it from all obstacles.

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