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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697439
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kevin Henry is Professor at Columbia College in Chicago where he is coordinator of the Art and Design Department's Product Design programme. He is also an independent design consultant and an award-winning furniture designer. Kevin has interviewed leading designers such as Petra Blaisse and Konstantin Grcic and is a regular speaker on both furniture and design.


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I chose this book over other drawing tutorials based on reviews of the technicality it goes into.

This book describes not just how to employ certain techniques, but why. Personally I found this a great angle to learn from as it always helps things stick in my head!

You could use this book to learn from scratch, but I came to it after being 'taught' some very basic sketching skills at university (as part of an engineering degree). Several years later I have found what I had been taught to be inadequate for what I wanted to produce, hence buying this book.

The first few chapters give the history of technical drawing, and some clear explanations of projections and the like. It starts off slowly but if you actually read it page for page and do all the tutorials you will surprise yourself at the progress you make. By the final chapters I was confident sketching in perspective, and could make a decent stab at rendering on a computer.

That brings me on to the final selling point for me - the way the author interlaces concepts and ideas about pencil sketching with CAD and digital methods. If you are already a CAD user but want to learn to draw by hand (like me) then this approach will help you to pick things up quicker. Some of the tutorials in the book cover rendering with computer software such as Adobe Illustrator, so it is also a great place to start if you want to combine paper skills with more modern presentation methods.

Overall I was very impressed with the content and the tutorials. I've read every word and followed every instruction, and the skills I've learnt and am enjoying using are already worth way more than the cost of the book!
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A good very clear book. Discusses the merits of pencil and paper through to modern computer methods. Considers basic skills like perspective early on. Probably useful for a whole range of students in the arts and design fields.
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Gives a lot of help on things that you might need to learn about drawing products, explanations are quite clear with step by step explanations and examples on famous designs and study cases. I wish it had more general drawing skills being taught as well other than just study cases
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Keeps an appropriate balance between the technical understanding and the simplest methods of transforming ones sketching ability and presentation skills.
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Lots of helpful tutorials and images. Easy to read. This book is a must have if you are in university studying the subject. It's very helpful
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The book is a really good purchase and has lots of very detailed references. Useful for looking at high quality drawings and good explanations
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My grandson loves this book, will help him a great deal with his graphic design course work. Good quality book would recommend.
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This book gives a great background information and theory to understand sketching and visual perception.
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