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Rendering with Markers: Definitive Techniques for Designers, Illustrators and Architects Paperback – 1 Oct 1983

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (1 Oct. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823045323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823045327
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduces dry markers and related sketching equipment, demonstrates masking, blending, and editing techniques, and shows how to simulate materials and special lighting conditions.

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Love this book for beginners to rendering with markers - dated but very informative - a must for learning the basics
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8f0ce60c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0bded0) out of 5 stars Great for learning artists 8 Dec. 1999
By Jon Kemerer - Published on
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This book effictively describes various ways and methods of using markers for illustration, and designing purposes (although mainly targeted toward designers, this shouldn't discourage you if you're an illustrator). A sampling of what you'll learn...
Materials, from the markers you should choose to the various kinds of papers available and how they affact your drawing. Application of markers, controling markers, and effective ways to represent shading and depth for oyur needs. Defining materials with marker: Chrome, Plastic, Glass, Leather, Vegetation, etc... the drawings are very nice. There is much more you'll learn through the pages of this book, these are just some of the highlights.
Unfortunately, I had to give it 4 stars instead of 5 due to the fact that it is rather outdated matieral-wise (markers have changed since 1983), and it is mainly targeted toward designers (this book would recieve 5 stars for the aspiring designer!). BUT, I learned a great deal from this book even as an illustrator / cartoonist, and it is very easy to incorporate what you learn from this book into illustration purposes like cartooning or figure drawing. I'd highly recommend this book for those who are looking to improve in markers, which admitily give your drawings a look that paint or colored pencils alone cannot achive.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0bdc6c) out of 5 stars Needs more color 13 Mar. 2001
By D. Bjorgen - Published on
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A wonderful book that includes great techinque and design. It would have been nice to view more colored images. Over half of the examples are in black and white. This feature was a slight dissapointment when I first open the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0bdfa8) out of 5 stars Breadth of content with step by step descriptions 3 Feb. 2001
By Ernesto Alcantara - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think this book is wonderful for anyone trying to learn rendering techniques. Even though the book is a little dated, it still communicates the principals of marker renderings. It's starts with an overview of the key factors to keep in mind when using markers: controlling the view, defining form, enhancing light, defining the main characteristics of materials and enhancing the surface. Then it goes into each of these factors explaining each of them with various examples. It also compares some of the most commonly used papers: Vellum, Bond, Marker paper, blueprint to show their marker absorption rate, degree of translucency and how the same rendering looks on each of them. It covers basic marker techniques, scrub coat technique, wet blending, masking and editing techniques, bringing forms out of backgrounds. It also touches on pastels, but only slightly. As a product designer I think this boos is a must have for a beginner. But it's also a very good reference book for experienced designers looking nostalgic for good old marker techniques.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0bdea0) out of 5 stars Valuable book but it needs a revision...Pronto! 21 Jun. 2005
By Pheedback - Published on
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As digital imagining becomes more and more prolific, marker rendering seems to be a dying art. Thats a shame because it can be a beautiful tool for artists of all types. This book is a valuable reference tool for artists but the techniques are somewhat outdated, which is understandable seeing that the book was written in the early 80's. Another complaint is the lack of color pictures. This is a marker book! Give us color pictures! For the price it is a good deal and one of the few books on the subject but I would seek other publications to supplement this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0bd630) out of 5 stars If you own more than 24 colored markers, this book is for you. 6 Feb. 2011
By Stephen Rustad - Published on
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Back in the day, ad agencies, design firms and sign shops hired young artists to prepare "comps" or comprehensive layouts with Pilot Razor point pens and Magic Markers. Some illustrators even specialized in free-lancing these kinds of drawings, the best of which were genuine works of art. Since the advent and now ubiquity of Photoshop, this skill has largely fallen out of use. And if one does want to mimic the fresh, spontaneous, translucent, water-color-like properties of markers, Photoshop has several brushes, settings, and filters which come pretty close. When I did storyboards for J. Walter Thompson, I owned a dog-eared copy of Rendering With Markers. After several moves, and a conversion to digital art, my copy disappeared. When my youngest asked for a 36-pen set of Pental colored markers, I knew she needed an operators manual. Some day she may even thank me.
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