Each day this week, sketch a prop (or some other manufactured object) from a movie, TV show or video game. You can do multiple views of the same object, or sketch a new one each day.

Each sketch should only take 20-30 minutes, so keep your sketches simple. Make sure the overall shapes are clear before you zoom in on the details. If you’re doing multiple views of the same product, try zooming in or out for some views, instead of just rotating around the product. Some views could even bleed off the page.

When you work from photographs, look for large images with clear lighting. The shapes and parts should be easy to see. If they’re not, you’ll have to do some guesswork while you sketch. That can be good practice, but it’s also more work.

If you’re having trouble choosing a prop, start with these robots. Each one has its own design style. There are lots of available images. And they are all made from simple shapes, like cubes, spheres and cylinders. If you focus on the simple shapes, rather than the surface details, your sketches should turn out well.

  • WALL-E or EVE (from WALL-E)
  • BB-8 or R2-D2 (from Star Wars)
  • Robby the Robot (from Forbidden Planet)
  • ATLAS or P-Body (from Portal 2)
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)


Here’s how it works

New sketch prompts will appear every Monday. Each week will have 6 sketch prompts that focus on a theme. Pick one sketch prompt and do one 20-30 minute sketch every day, 6 days a week. Then take a day off and start again with the next weeks’ post.