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Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers Hardcover – 1 Feb 2013
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From the Back Cover
"The things we learn about our environment when we draw on location help us as we imagine, draw, and design the future."
Francis D.K. Ching
While computer–aided design has changed the way designers explore and communicate their visions, freehand drawing remains an essential skill for capturing a flow of visual ideas and developing them on the spot. Freehand Drawing & Discovery takes an updated and practical approach to using hand sketching in a digital world, employing a "both/and" philosophy that shows you how to rapidly capture ideas with hand sketching that can then be further explored and refined using digital tools.
Created by an urban designer and blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers, this resource–rich, user–friendly guide provides step–by–step instruction on drawing tools and techniques. It offers practical suggestions on how to use freehand sketching skills in conjunction with digital tools on real–world projects. Freehand Drawing & Discovery:
- Crosses disciplinary boundaries, from architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture to the widely diverse Urban Sketching community
- Covers sketching tools and techniques, location sketching, concept sketching, and digital sketching
- Includes nearly 300 full–color drawings, including contributions by Michael Vergason, Kevin Sloan, Christine Ten Eyck, Luis Ruiz, Gabriel Campanario, Liz Steel, Kim Perry, Bob Hopewell, and a special contribution on digital design sketching by Robert Chipman
- Features access to video tutorials in which the author demonstrates techniques for creating sketches from your imagination, sketching on location, sketching on a digital tablet, and painting with watercolors
Freehand Drawing & Discovery is a must–have handbook for students and professionals in urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture. It is also a rewarding resource for general artists, sketchers, and anyone interested in the Urban Sketching phenomenon.
About the Author
JAMES RICHARDS, FASLA, is cofounder and Principal of Townscape, Inc., an urban design consultancy, and an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington′s School of Architecture. He is a national award–winning designer, writer, and illustrator whose work spans landscape architecture, town planning, and urban design. Mr. Richards is a blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), an international drawing movement. He travels globally conducting drawing workshops for both students and professionals.
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The tips are practical and accompanied by many beautiful examples from the author and other guest artists. There are info on creating textures, drawing simple figures in perspective, understanding what can be added to make a good picture, etc.
It's not a totally hands-on tutorial book so you'll need to know how to draw first at a basic level. The book is more like a supplement to help you improve your observation and understanding of the scene.
There are various guest artists interviews with Michael Vergason, Kevin Sloan, Luis Ruiz, Gabriel Campanario, Liz Steel and others. They share their stories and experiences and you can understand easily why they are thrilled by sketching, and be inspired by them.
The latter chapters cover more experimental sketching, like using the Google Sketchup 3D software for reference, and sketching over photographs.
The book also includes more than an hour of helpful online tutorial videos.
It's an inspiring book. Highly recommended to everyone who sketches.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I like it because it encourages anyone to just draw which anyone can start to do, Oh and yes I do mean you who are saying yes , but I cannot draw!
If you can draw a simple sketch map to show someone they way then you demonstrate that you are an artist and the only thing that stops you is your preconceived ideas of what art should be.
Art is what you, your individual self, is.
I am talking from 70 odd years of finding out myself about what Paul Klee said of drawing, that it is "Taking a line for a walk."