How to Thumbnail your Concepts with Markers: Episode 1

How to Thumbnail your Concepts with Markers: Episode 1

my name is Eric Strebel and welcome to
another video of mine about industrial
design some of the past projects that
I’ve worked on have been designing kids
toys and I really liked designing the
kids toys so I’ve decided to put
together a series about marker
renderings and rendering out those
concepts and what they look like and
what that process involves you may be
wondering how do I even start
a project like this for me it starts by
taking the ideas that I have in my head
and drawing them maybe as little
thumbnails as I have here using some
references that I may have seen online
and just trying to put my ideas on paper
once I put them on paper it’s sort of
out of my brain and I can move on to the
next concept in this case I thought it’d
be really fun to combine like a big huge
vehicle and some earth moving equipment
to something that was sort of amphibious
or aquatic that could travel the globe
and explore the planet that we live on
and mister some of the little sketches
and concepts that I came up to help me
develop this idea and figure out what
direction I wanted to go for kids toys
you know there’s really no limit to the
imagination that kids have if you
remember when you were a kid you thought
about you know traveling the planet and
going to places that you’ve never been
before so I wanted to have a vehicle
that would allow
to do that whether it was the deserts
you know Sahara or in the Antarctic and
Iceland or something like that or just
traveling your local lake and crossing
that and seeing what’s on the other side
what kind of vehicle would you need to
do that
live in it year-round and be able to go
anywhere do anything and so these are
some of the little thumbnails and
sketches I’m drawing in a standard
sketchbook here a white paper I try to
get the paper as white as I can so it
scans good I’m using a paper mate pen to
sketch out the little side view
elevation concepts coming back in with
some prismacolor markers maybe hitting
it with a little bit of a jelly roll for
some of the white highlights I’m keeping
it simple just trying to flesh out the
ideas this little vehicle right here you
can kind of see it has some of its cargo
exposed in the back kind of like a
little dump truck with a little house in
the front totally kind of different a
little bit funky vehicle the vehicle to
the top right of it that’s a sort of a
orangish vehicle that ends up being the
vehicle that I sort of finally set on
that I like the most but I’m still
exploring even here and we’re finding
that a little bit more the wheels are a
little bit smaller I don’t really like
that I really want some big beefy meaty
tires that are really gonna allow me to
conquer whatever terrain I come across
I’m just filling out also working on
color schemes you could see each vehicle
has a little bit different color than
the last one I’m just trying to figure
out what it is that I like I really like
the sort of forward rake of this vehicle
that looks like it’s moving
standing still considering it’s a house
with two wheels on it it still has some
halfway decent gesture and it looks you
know aggressive I really kind of taken
everything that I’ve done on the other
sketches kind of pulled it together in
this sketch right here I didn’t put any
even a little person in there to show
scale to give the user an idea of
exactly how big this vehicle would be in
real life I figured out a few things
about how to get in the vehicles a
little door there you climb up on the
fender to get inside and you’re ready to
go on your adventure a couple of things
about this sketch or all these sketches
are undo everything by freehand at first
and then not tell sort of the end once I
got everything worked out and kind of
laid in loose do I come in with my
circle templates and my I use my phone
here as a straightedge just because it’s
super handy then I come in and kind of
sweeten everything else up with my
templates so everything else done
sketching freehand in the very beginning
it’s not till the end where I add some
of the details and clean and sweeping
everything up adding in the markers here
you’ll notice I keep everything super
simple so a gray for the windows to
differentiate them from the surface of
the vehicle I add darker colors on the
bottom for the wheels and the treads to
help anchor that to the ground you’ll
notice also the wheels are almost cut
off on the bottom as well
little automotive
design trick just to help anchor the
vehicle on the ground and you can see
the back wheels to add a little bit of
force one point perspective as well so
there’s just little tricks of the trade
to help ground and anchor the vehicle
now I come back in kind of give it an
outline give it a little bit of that
product design feel with that dark
outline to help contrast and show it on
the plate these two views are the final
two views of the vehicle and I do them
next in the series in front in the rear
view I hope you like this first episode
of adventure toy renderings and I hope
you come back next week to check out the
next episode if you liked the music in
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3 Replies to “How to Thumbnail your Concepts with Markers: Episode 1”

  1. Fantastic video Eric! I like the insights to the way you approach the project, as well as the sketching tips to give the art that polished look.

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