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Sketching: The Basics (2nd printing) Hardcover – August 9, 2011
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The focus here is on getting the basics. There are seven chapters but in general covers techniques on drawing geometry, choosing the correct viewpoint, and adding colours and details. It's not totally basic though, some prior knowledge of perspective drawing will be extremely beneficial.
The examples provided are well illustrated and explained. There are lots of tips even for something as simple as drawing a cube, the basic building block. Every page is packed with information and beautiful designs. I like that there are a few real world case studies for each chapter.
The book could do better with a few detailed step-by-step construction of the example products, from start to finish. The way it's presented now is basically having sketches on the page, and focusing on a few parts, such as drawing rounded corners for phones and only that. The section on colouring should also be broken into steps to show how certain effects are achieved, like blending chalk with markers to get a nice gradated effect.
Overall, it's a very informative book. I'm not a product designer but I found certain sections helpful, especially the chapter on using the appropriate viewpoint to highlight product features.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Having said that, The Basics focuses more on some aspects of proper geometry, style and marker rendering with a focus towards what is considered the standard view or technique in Industrial/Product Design, but then again DTFPD expands on some topics (like marker rendering ) while completely standing alone on other subjects(like ideation, light) , hence the need to have both books, but as I said before, I believe The Basics is slightly more condensed. Also, there is ample overlap in between both books, except on some critical bits, confusing I know.
I have a list of complaints about this book, but since I really love it I guess they are more of a wish list for the writers, perhaps in the 3rd book,; here we go:
1. More step by steps ( you know with numbers and arrows would be great), half the time spent on this book is trying to decipher what it is you are trying to teach,it's sad, but for a design book the text is not always next to the correct image.
2. Ellipses need a better explanation.
3. I go crazy for case studies, it's like my favorite thing in the world, but sadly I think you are over using them in your books.
4. Materials list (Copic markers are not cheap you know, It would be great if you told me which ones to buy as to avoid the trial/error).
5. I miss the little Cartoons : (
But really, great book and can't wait for the 3rd one which might be called Sketching: The definite edition, I'll keep on buying them I guess.
Our professor has one of three books depending on your spcialization but this one was recommended to all students. Very clean and sharp rendering style is practiced in this book.
And besides the content, the phisical quality of this hardcover book is incredible and, is a very thick book, i have it since two months ago and i read a few pages per day or so because is too much information to absorb...is better to read it and do some copies about the things you find interesting and things you dont handle well to take advantage of the read.
Enough review, buy this thing without second thoughts, is an amazing thing to have in your bookshell.
Just believe me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Good info on getting started. Won't draw for you, though. If you're not going to practice, practice, practice your lines, arc, circles, and ellipses the book will be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S2G
If your an industrial design student or in the ID field this is a great book to have as reference, Clear layout, simple to understand. Good detail steps and guides.Published 6 months ago by Jack
Took a long time delivery but everything is ok. Great book.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Koos Eissen was my teacher in The Netherlands and he is a human plotter! If you are looking for guidance on how to start sketching the right way this is the book to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diego Escalante