Sketch Series: Draw Objects with Derek Cascio Recap

Design Museum LIVE • April 2020

By Thais Jacomassi

Design Museum Everywhere launched our Design Museum LIVE sketch series with a lesson from Derek Cascio, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and co-founder of Design Museum Boston. Our sketch series allows you to learn sketching from experts across the fields of design and see the various techniques they each utilize in their drawing. 


Derek’s Tips and Techniques to Improve Your Sketching 
  • You can use these templates (here and here) offered by Derek to follow along the lesson. Drawing digitally? Download Derek’s brush pack.
  • Draw with your shoulder. This means that you are not moving your elbow from its place and your lines can be straighter, and therefore, set a stronger foundation. 
  • Always start out by drawing lightly. This will allow you to find the shape of the object you are trying to draw and you can add heavier lines to make your drawing more grounded. If you are drawing on paper, using a light gray marker will be very helpful with this. 
  • Draw an ‘X’ in the middle in order to help keep proportions correct. 
  • Make sure to keep the side view in sight when you begin drawing in perspective. 
  • Drawing is all about confidence! Draw as if no one is watching and make sure to go fast, so there is energy in your sketch. 
  • The most important thing is to practice. Practice, practice, practice! Even if you feel your sketching is not as good as you’d like it to be, there is no need to stress. Practice makes perfect. 
  • Above all, have fun!

Maxwell Mitchell, high school sophomore student, follows along as Derek provides sketching instruction and insight.