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How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination Paperback – Nov 15 2013
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Scott Robertson has almost two decades of experience teaching how to design, draw, and render at the highest college level. He has authored or co-authored 11 books on design and concept art. In addition to books, he has co-produced over 40 educational DVDs with The Gnomon Workshop, of which nine feature his own lectures. For several years, Scott chaired the Entertainment Design department at Art Center College of Design. He frequently lectures around the world for various corporations, colleges, and through his own workshop brand, SRW. In addition to teaching, Scott has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from vehicle and alien designs for the Hot Wheels animated series Battle Force Five, to theme park attractions such as the Men in Black ride in Orlando, Florida for Universal Studios. Some of his clients include the BMW subsidiary Design-works/USA, Bell Sports, Giro, Mattel Toys, Spin Master Toys, Patagonia, the feature film Minority Report, Nike, Rockstar Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Buena Vista Games, THQ, and Fiat to name just a few.
Thomas Bertling has an extensive background as a successful industrial designer and engineer, with a varied array of clients such as Disney, Samsung, and Whole Foods, and a diverse portfolio of completed products on the market, from state-of-the-art medical innovations to combat-ready military vehicles. This hands-on expertise gives him a distinct approach and remarkable edge in addition to being an acclaimed design educator. With substantial experience teaching all levels of perspective sketching and construction to both university students and corporate clients, he has created comprehensive and proven curricula rooted in practicality and real-world application. He currently serves as Director of Entertainment Design at Art Center College of Design as well as teaching several courses and training faculty members.
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that being said, this Book is not an entry level book. this book is for any one who wants to take drawing and design serious.
This book lays the golden brick road to oz for the designer. the amount of useful information that is crammed into this book is astounding nothing to say about the awesome live recorded video examples included for free.
From sketch technique to work flow, digital art experience and of course finely detailed but not bloated training on perspective, these are all covered in detail.
this is simply the best thing next to a personal tutor you can get.
its a must have so buy it period!!!
Note: I have to say for the absolute beginner "perspective made easy" is probably a better choice for you. but when you digest that get this, I feel you have to know something about perspective or design before you can get the most out of this book, not that this book is hard to read or to understand, to the contrary but "how to draw" covers so much in such rich detail that the beginner may not be able to digest the higher concepts at first.
Drawing, and Drawing "Constructively", are two very different things. And the latter is what will make you a great deal of money if you are looking to get into an industry with your budding talents.
I don't feel that the content in this book is good for those that are looking at Fine Arts, Animation, or comic stripping, just to be clear.
What it does perfectly, is teach you how to draw an object so that you can produce it, or share the idea with another person. That is what a Constructive drawing does, it conveys information.
I'm being specific because the book just say's "How To Draw", and that is how most would read it. So I thought it important to specify, because there are many ways to draw.
Again, this book is the best resource for those looking to get into industrial design, concept artwork, drafting, and other production oriented trades.
I found it perfect for the direction that I'm going in, and I'm a frequent purchaser of Scott Robertson's content. I haven't made more progress with any other form education, and I'm a Fine Arts Graduate.
I hope that helps.
This is a book for artists, architects and designers.
The focus of the book is on perspective, and learning to draw from imagination. There are a lot of step by step instructions. Just copy them and the lesson points will sink in as you practice.
The information is technical, but explained concisely. There are even videos online that goes through the main lesson points again for even more clarity.
Perspective fundamentals are covered comprehensively, and subsequent chapters build on that knowledge to draw subjects of different form, environments, vehicles and aircrafts.
You'll learn stuff like the usual 1-2-3 point perspectives, vanishing points, and also additional bits on cutaways, exploded views, ultra wide angles and more. There are lots of drawing tips.
Compared to other perspective books, examples here are more challenging and stylish, such as cars, planes. curved bodies, instead of the usual houses, railway tracks vanishing to a point. There are plenty of illustrated examples.
One part I like is where he shows off drawing as if they were taken from camera lens at different focal length. The difference in effect is quite stunning and can make a drawing look either dull or dynamic. Throughout the book, he emphasises on using grids and you'll be able to see immediate effects on how that affects the look of your drawing.
There's nothing on drawing shadows though. But if you look at his illustrated examples, you'll see that even without shadows, you can make out the form and shapes of the objects perfectly.
The last section briefly covers several sketching styles and mediums. You can experiment with different styles to suit yourself or the drawing.
Here's the list of chapters included to give you an idea what to expect.
Drawing Materials and Skills
Perspective Drawing Techniques
Elipses and Rotations
Working with Volume
Drawing Wheeled Vehicles
Sketching Styles and Medium
By the way, he is also the founder of Design Studio Press and has overseen the publication of many DSP artbooks. Some of those artbooks are actually student projects and you can see what's actually possible when you master the fundamentals taught in this book.
Mine's the paperback edition and the binding seems good enough. There's also the hardcover edition available.
This is a highly recommended indispensable drawing guide.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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