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About the Author

The authors teach sketching at the prestegious Delft University, Faculty of Industrial Design in the Netherlands.
Their first book for BIS called Sketching is now an international bestseller with over 60.000 copies sold.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: BIS Publishers (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9063692536
  • ISBN-13: 978-9063692537
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 10, 2011
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This is the second book put out by Roselien Steur and Koos Essen, both educators who teaches design sketching. The first book Sketching (5th printing): Drawing Techniques for Product Designers was also on sketching. This book is marketed as the prequel.

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.)
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I originally bought and enjoyed Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers (DTFPD for short:),and this second book, (a prologue/companion/introduction of sorts) really is equally great; as an aspiring product designer and professional graphic artist I've found these 2 Books to be Incredibly useful. If you can, buy both, If you can only afford one or can't decide, get this one first.

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.

K
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This book is perfect for industrial/product design students or anyone with an interest in those fields. Or just anyone who wants to get better at the technical aspects of sketching. While this book is geared towards designers it could benefit any fine arts student as well. I was very impressed with how professinaonally this book was done. So many books of this nature bumble about a bit as they try to teach you something new, but this book means business.
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We all have our own style but this book is a great addition to any collection to cover the basics and inspire the designer in us all. Very affordable book.
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.
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This book is not only what i hoped to be. Is a lot better in every aspect. There is a ton of information in this book, very well organized, lots of sketches and everyone with a note explaining it. Also are great case studies from diferents studios...there are fotos to explain things, designs with marker and digital, and the process related to work with all this (sketchs, markers, photos, digital). This book is just how books explaining design should be. I'm an aspiring concept artist, not a ID student, so for me this book is ideal to have an idea about how ID's work, what and why they do from the initial concept to the more polished presentation.
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.
bye.
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