Sketch Faster: 4 Simple Steps to Speed Up Sketching When Drawing Symmetrical Objects

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Sketch Faster: 4 Simple Steps to Speed Up Sketching When Drawing Symmetrical Objects

Whenever i sketch something symmetrical, such as front view of a car or top view, i tend to sketch only half of it. This is to save some time and speed up the process, and concentrate more on the design process of the car. In this article i would like to share a simple technique that i use when drawing symmetrical objects.

Step 1

Draw half of a car from front view, rear view or top view. Finish the drawing with lots of details and shades.

Step 2

Next step is to find a bright place, take a picture of it, or use a scanner and bring the sketch into Photoshop.

Step 3

Once brought into Photoshop, adjust the colours, increase the contrast and duplicate the sketch layer.

Step 4

Free transform one of the layers and flip horizontally or vertically and adjust the image as required.

Once you are happy with the positioning of the top layer and the overall look of your sketch, then save it as JPEG or whichever format as you wish. Now you have a symmetrical sketch of your object which is ready for print or colouring in Photoshop.

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3 Comments
  • Boha
    Posted at 22:55h, 10 February Reply

    Hi there! This tutorial looks like it’s a nice one, but it does not work for a deaf iniivddual. Written tutorials are better suited, but no one wants to take the time to do that. Oh well!

  • JEET
    Posted at 09:32h, 19 May Reply

    HI B.K SKETCH !!! THANKS FOR TEACHING THIS FANTASTIC TECHNIQUES….
    LEARNING A LOT FROM YOU… KEEP THIS GOOD WORK UP !!!!

    QUERY: I AM FROM INDIA. WANT TO PURSUE MASTERS IN TRANSPORTATION DESIGN. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME SOME BEST DESIGN SCHOOLS IN EUROPE !!

    • baha-kh@hotmail.com
      Posted at 20:30h, 21 May Reply

      Thanks for your comments. I wish i had more free time to do tutorials, but have different priorities at the moment!
      Not sure about the colleges, google them, the ones in UK, Italy, Germany or any other design schools will do. But make sure to pick on that’s close to a car manufacturers, so you can get some practice while studying etc. Good luck!

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