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A graphical model is a visualization of an idea, often created on paper. Graphical models are used to communicate ideas to design team members, the client an the manufacturer.

 

Sketching or freehand drawings are spontaneous representation of ideas on paper without the use of technical aids. Designers use a range of freehand drawings in the early stages of developing ideas to explore shape and form (3D).

 

"And finally, apply some quick marker to show off the concept: Cool grey 30%, 40%, 50% and a magenta marker."

“And finally, apply some quick marker to show off the concept: Cool grey 30%, 40%, 50% and a magenta marker.”

 

One of our long-time readers recently took to our Discussion Boards to document his sketching journey as he transitions from Engineering to the career he’s always wanted in ID. As he uploads his daily progress (thumbs up for commitment!), the inspiring thread has built up a ton of great pointers from our readers, including this great tutorial from Michael DiTullo showing his sketching process using overlays.

 

And the most important thing, as Michael reminds us, is to keep practicing: “Do that 30 times on the same idea and you are going to get some good stuff.” Head over to the discussion boards for more sketching eye-candy—and maybe even to share your own tips and encouragement!

 

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