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on 7 March 2014
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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on 8 January 2015
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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on 7 February 2014
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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on 27 November 2012
Keeps an appropriate balance between the technical understanding and the simplest methods of transforming ones sketching ability and presentation skills.
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on 24 September 2014
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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on 13 January 2016
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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on 30 December 2015
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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on 19 October 2014
This book gives a great background information and theory to understand sketching and visual perception.
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on 27 November 2013
Really good, useful book for my son who is a product designer just leaving uni - he says it's brilliant
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on 18 April 2016
It's a good book for pros or intermediates, but don't expect you can learn to draw from this book.
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