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Drawing and Designing with Confidence: A Step-by-Step Guide Hardcover – August 2, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0471283904 ISBN-10: 0471283908 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (August 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471283908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471283904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The highly successful "Loose with Graphics" course—now available in book form for the first time! Mike Lin, ASLA Drawing and Designing with Confidence A Step-By-Step Guide Now, at a fraction of the cost of attending one of Mike Lin’s enormously popular graphic workshops, you can learn his uniquely successful drawing and designing techniques. In a short time, you will find your rendering and designing skills greatly improved, as you work quickly, confidently and effectively using Lin’s well-known "45 Principles of Good Graphics" and "Six Design Approaches." The book covers all aspects of design, graphic principles, media, types of drawings, lettering, entourage, sketching and perspective drawing techniques, and contains a wealth of rapidly absorbed information on:
  • achieving a relaxed approach to drawing that uncovers your buried artistic skills
  • the 45 fundamentals of good graphics, with common mistakes to avoid
  • using 47 rendering techniques and types to their full advantage
  • developing skills in pencil and marker lettering
  • enhancing entourage techniques in people, vegetation, cars and furniture to create interest and realism
  • quick and simple methods in one and two-point perspective drawing
  • foolproof sketching methods
  • a comprehensive design process with six design approaches and 23 design principles.
Lavishly illustrated with nearly 400 color illustrations…including extraordinary before and after student examples…printed in a high-quality, oversized format…and incorporating hundreds of timesaving tricks of the trade, this book holds the keys to developing outstanding drawing and design skills. It is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the topic available today, written by a professional whose acclaimed teaching methods are in demand throughout the world. Architects, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic artists, and illustrators will find that they are working at a much greater level of expertise with the tools and techniques found here. Join the thousands of your colleagues who have already incorporated them into their successful practices!

About the Author

About the Author Mike W. Lin, ASLA, is a recognized leader in architectural rendering methodology. He is the founder and director of the Mike Lin Graphic Workshop in Manhattan, Kansas, which has travelled to more than one hundred universities and many cities around the world under the sponsorship of many universities, and the AIA, ASLA, ASID, ALCA and other professional organizations. Mr. Lin holds both architecture and landscape architecture degrees and was formerly a professor at Kansas State University. He is the author of the bestselling Architectural Rendering Techniques: A Color Reference.

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Customer Reviews

When it came time to start rendering again, I totally needed this book!
heather
This book is a must for the design professional in the disciplines of landscape architecture, architecture, planning, interior design, and graphic design.
Urban Planner, ASLA
It contains many practical techniques and best of all lots of images to illustrated the techniques.
Laura Kloosterman

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "kdlemon" on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think 'Drawing and Designing with Confidence' is an excellent book, especially for those students who are beginning with architecture and landscape architecture, and want more help with their budding abilities. It focuses largely on technique and fundamentals, which is a good basis to quality drafting and drawing, and ultimately convincing presentations. If you are a beginning student, or a more advanced individual who wants to sharpen up on your skills, then this is the book to get.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A great book for both beginners and professionals. If you follow Mike Lin's graphic principles in this book, your drawings will improve dramatically. I took his one-day workshop and this book basically follows the workshop in written form.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Urban Planner, ASLA on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for the design professional in the disciplines of landscape architecture, architecture, planning, interior design, and graphic design. Mike Lin is a master of graphic and design expression. The many techniques shown in this book are easy to learn and apply for those who are frustrated with their graphic and design capabilities. This book will definitely strengthen your confidence!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lady Bug Designs on September 15, 2005
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Although I've been drawing and illustrating for a living for quite some time now, this book served to refresh my memory on things that I have forgotten and teach me some new and quick short cuts. I highly recommend this book for beginners and polished illustrators.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Imajica on July 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great book on different drawing techniques and the basics of perspective drawing as well as more advanced composition samples. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and create immediate results. In my opinion a good source for students to either acquire some sketching-skills or fresh up on the basics. Another great feature are the many sample-drawings of different drawing styles. The only draw-back is that the drawings are being too much reduced from their original size. But if you take the time to scan the ones you are particulary interested in and get them back to a decent size, you will get a lot out of this book.

"All in all": a valuable source in my opinion.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JUdat on February 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
well, this book is one of the 1st books i bought when i 1st started studying architecture and i just can't say enough about it. it's helped me through my projects inspiring me with new ideas and developing my rendering skills...all i can say that it is just AWSOME!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery L. Smith on March 7, 2009
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My only interest in art is scientific illustration, and there is a dearth of reference material on it. I'm not concerned about creativity or artistic flair. I want to know what media are out there that I can best use to draw, paint, or otherwise illustrate biological material. This book does just that, and virtually no other book I found comes close. The title is misleading because it really isn't a "you can do it!" art book. Rather, it is a sober "this is what you can do" or "this is how you can do it" manual. Profusely illustrated with examples, it is not geared toward scientific illustration but more like graphic design. Nevertheless, if you know what you want to do and are not an art major, you should give this book your highest consideration.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AJ on April 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Mike Lin's graphic course filled a big hole in my professional development. If you're willing to buy into his methods I can't recommend it highly enough. Both his books are good intros to his drawing method but they can only go so far by themselves.

If you're serious about transforming your sketching and rendering skills, take his course.
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