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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended indispensable drawing guide
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Concept designer and educator Scott Robertson has finally come up with his own book on how to draw, after teaching that to students for years. It's wonderful to finally have a book from him that we can learn from directly.

This is a book for artists, architects and designers.

The focus of the book is on perspective, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book on tackling 3D and perspective
Good book on the subject. Lots of insights and the video are definitely a plus.
But.. It could have been more step by step.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended indispensable drawing guide, 28 Nov. 2013
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Concept designer and educator Scott Robertson has finally come up with his own book on how to draw, after teaching that to students for years. It's wonderful to finally have a book from him that we can learn from directly.

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 Terminology
Perspective Drawing Techniques
Creating Grids
Elipses and Rotations
Working with Volume
Drawing Environments
Drawing Aircraft
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass of a book, 23 Dec. 2013
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I've waited on this book for so long. If you want to learn how to draw, be it vehicles or everyday objects, this is required reading. Scott is the only person I can find on the internet who teaches drawing vehicles. His video tutorials linked to subject matter throughout the book are fantastic. I can watch them over and over again. He even sounds as though he is explaining just to you. Nicely paced and explained too. I cannot wait for his next book (How to Render) scheduled for 2014.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 Mar. 2014
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This book is a fantastic guide to the fundamentals. The video app to go with it is a little gimmicky, but the videos themselves are very helpful in expanding on the concepts and techniques laid out in the book. I enjoyed reading it and using it, and it takes a position of pride on my shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Robertson How to Draw, 26 July 2014
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If you want to know all there is about perspective drawing and how to apply it to both simple and complex objects then this is the book for you. The only thing the book does NOT explain is how to draw shadows in perspective but I am sure there must be tutorials online for that sort of thing.

As well the book there is an app that goes with it on both android AND iPad, this app contains around 29 tutorial videos that accompany the book and explains certain exercises in more detail.

Along with instruction on drawing there are many examples of how the lessons can be applied to creative drawing and this is great for giving you ideas on how to move your work forward.

For more information on the book Scott Robertson has a 15 minute video reviewing it and also the app that goes with it on his YouTube channel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on drawing ever!, 8 Jan. 2014
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I have been through a number of drawing books and this is by far the best in terms of its depth, relevance to industry and its accessibility. This book will easily teach and inspire both beginners and experts on the craft of technical drawing and sketching. It is so clearly laid out, with diagrams, beautiful examples and in depth explanations on how to draw in perspective. Not only that but the book features a large amount of video content you can access on line using the password and url provided in the book. Scott and Thomas take you through all the major concepts covered in the book which really helped me to understand things better.
If you love the craft of drawing or you want to be a designer then this book is invaluable. Who'd have thought drawing construction boxes could be so exciting?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, one to look back at, 24 April 2014
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Awesome book. Really nice to just browse through for inspiration. would recommend it to anyone who wanted to see how a really good designer creates their pieces.

One of my favourites now, alongside the Daniel Simon and scott robertson collections
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great buy for anyone in the creative field, 1 Dec. 2014
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This is a great buy for anyone in the creative field. Scott does a great job of breaking everything in to bite size manageable chunks. Buy this book and you will soon draw a lot better than you did :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good course, 17 Feb. 2014
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A technical book to enhance your drawing skills. I would recommended it to anyone who draw, very helping to review old and learn new concepts. Cheers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Followed scott on youtube for a while and his videos are fantastic. The dedicated vids for this book really compliment ..., 19 Feb. 2015
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Exceptional book, it sets out basic exercises and concepts for the inexperienced and experienced alike.
The companion aopp was a bit iffy at release but the updates months back resolved any issues on my part.
Followed scott on youtube for a while and his videos are fantastic. The dedicated vids for this book really compliment it and as long as you spend time practicing, following, and re-reading it, you'll get profficient in no time.

How to render is the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best technical books I've ever found., 4 Jan. 2014
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The foundations are really as important as you usually hear artists and masters say.
Perspective is one of those foundations and this book, together with all the videos that it gives you access to, is an amazing and powerful tool for those who want to start learning or further develop their skills on this subject.
Amazing work from Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling.
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