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Drawing Shortcuts: Developing Quick Drawing Skills Using Today's Technology 2nd Edition

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"Given the impact that technology has had to face with design, the second edition of this fascinating book focuses on the implementation of the illustrations of the urban landscape all the while blending the traditional hand drawing with the more contemporary digital techniques." (Tango Reporter, August 2010)

"Architect, Urban Planner, and professional illustrator Jim Leggitt brings the information he teaches in his drawing workshops to the pages of this colorful text. A second edition of a 2002 book, this version has been revised to integrate "today's technology," specifically in the form of Google Sketchup, presenting a drawing approach that merges hand-drawing techniques with digital technology." (Landscape Architecture, July 2010)

"Drawing Shortcuts, Second Edition, is a timely reference tool at a time when technology - for all its advantages – has contributed to an increased atrophy of freehand drawing skills among design students and professionals." (ChicagoArchitectureToday.com, June 2010)

"Written for students and professionals in the building and landscaping arts, Drawing Shortcuts has numerous tips that will help today's busy professional speed up the drawing process without sacrificing creativity. Author Jim Leggit's processes combine computer technology with the more emotion-based, traditional, hand techniques to produce work worthy for presentations. Rather than take years to learn the shortcuts, this book allows readers to quickly stimulate spaces that tell a story." (San Francisco Book Review, March 28, 2010)

From the Back Cover

Create top-quality drawings faster and more effectively

This book is about putting your design ideas on paper for others to enjoy. Recent developments in computer rendering technology have put amazing new tools in the hands of designers. But for communicating emotion and character, there is simply no replacement for good old-fashioned hand drawing. Jim Leggitt's Drawing Shortcuts gives you an ingeniously simple drawing approach that joins traditional hand-drawing techniques with the latest 2-D and 3-D digital technology.

In this new edition of his popular book, architect and teacher Jim Leggitt, FAIA, introduces you to the fundamentals of drawing—such as drawing types, media options, composition, color, shading, hatching, and perspective—and then explains how to incorporate the most current digital technologies into your work.

The book's step-by-step approach helps you:

  • Sharpen and streamline your visualization technique using the "overlay and trace," "simple and advanced composition," and "digital hybrid drawings" methods
  • Absorb the lessons through detailed process drawings, carefully chosen examples, and more than 500 full-color images
  • Create amazing images combining your own hand drawings with 3-D computer views made with Google® SketchUp, Google® Earth, and other powerful programs
  • Master "Tradigital Drawing," which merges traditional hand-drawing technique with digital imaging

Whether you draw for pleasure or professionally, let Drawing Shortcuts, Second Edition show you how to utilize technology on your own terms—and communicate your designs with a timeless magic that's all your own.

JIM LEGGITT, FAIA, is an architect, urban planner, and professional illustrator who has been practicing for over thirty years. Jim offers drawing workshops and is a frequent speaker at universities and national, regional, and local events where he has taught over 5,000 architects, designers, and students.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (December 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470435488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470435489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mathew H. Ross on December 19, 2010
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Excellent quick reference on many different architectural rendering methods. I really like how traditional drawing techniques weren't avoided. Process for many different styles, quick overviews of the basics (like perspective, tools, layering, etc.) and many excellent supporting illustrations make this a great resource for those without formal training or still learning the trade.
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Excellent book, wish I had it before starting Architecture school. Need more books like this that give specific "how to" info on to represent architecture ideas, since architecture professors are usually vague and open ended when teaching and helping. I speak from experience and I am attending one of the top B.Arch programs in the US.
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A very nice book, helpful for anyone doing renderings. Bridges new technology with older techniques
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Its a great book to begin draw and improve design techniques. very good. its like a stimulant for further work.
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This book is great! I have the first edition and there are a lot of things that are repeated and that is the only reason why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. This book really bridges the gap between hand drawing and computer drawing in clear understandable ways. I have not finished reading the book because I want to really absorb all the techniques. The only negative that I can say about this book is regarding the website. [...]. I did log on and the site itself is wonderful however, there is an option to find out more about Mr. Leggitts classes. I immediately made an inquiry and have yet to get a responce. This has been over a month ago. I am assuming that due to the volume of requests he has not had a chance to reply. The book itself is a winner!
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Is great that some artists take the time to present a book like this; so helpfull for the every day life of a creating quick renderings...
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Yes I definately do recommend this to anyone intersted in architecture especially if you have the idea like myself to draw it. This well written book shows anew way to be creative in using our current digital tech to draw and illustrate architecture...I dont see myself as being able to draw but this opens the way for me to do so..thanks!!!..Laurie
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Excellent book on informal architectural sketching !! All architects
should learn these skills. His style is excellent and fun. The ability
to get an idea across rapidly is a real skill.
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