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Good sketching skills are important in any design process, and something truly needed in the design industry today. While working in the design industry, I have seen many young designers give up on sketching because they think they cannot do it. The truth is sketching is an activity that requires constant practice to perfect. Therefore the will to practice is essential in helping you succeed, hopefully to the point where sketching becomes second nature to you.
Or at the very least, you would get to the point where it would be easy to visualize a design in your mind. One good way to improve your drawing is to use good sketches and sketch techniques to inspire and motivate you. So here are some design sketch references and sources that I have found both helpful and meaningful. The excellent collection of design sketch explorations makes this book worth buying. Well-known for their good design sketching skills, this book features many strong designs that have been done in various mediums pens, pencils, markers and computer programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.
The Design Sketching website provides sneak previews of the some of the chapters in this book. Their 2D rendering skills are so amazing that you will be tempted to order it!
From the same publisher that brought you Design Sketching, Learning Curves is a follow-up book targeted to take design sketchers to the next level by helping them to really learn how to sketch. The book includes samples of sketching work of over 60 professional product, industrial and transportation designers from around the world.
Structured more like a comprehensive list of hints and tips, designers can quickly find help in improving specific areas of their sketching abilities.
You can find great tips such as sketching reflections, playing with line weights, constructing sketch scenes, creating exciting viewpoints and even workflow improvements such as generating more ideas via sketching etc. The authors hope that this new approach is more meaningful and refreshing than the more usual tutorial route. You should too. Working with reputable design companies like Astro Studios and Disney, book show cases ideation sketches, presentations, exploded views and storyboards done with his signature quick sketch and rendering style.
On his Drawthrough website , there are design sketching DVDs available, which shows vivid demonstrations of Scott Robertson sketching skills and covers topics such as perspective and proportion. However if you want something to hold in your hand, his concept design books are a good alternative.
Here are a few of his more popular ones. I believe this became an instant classic, as it was probably the first of its kind in the sketching or presentation skills category. This all-rounder book covers all presentation techniques starting from sketch, to marker rendering, and finally to presentation renderings. Now into its 5th reprinting, this successful reference tome houses a great collection of sketches and drawings contributed by Industrial Design professionals from all over the world.
Not only that, there is a great collection of drawing tutorials like varying the line widths, vanishing points, and shading etc. Analog Dreams by Michale DiTullo. In addition to his vast range of footwear sketches something he is known for , he shares his thoughts on how to get better at sketch visualization and creating strong visual design languages. Buy his book at Blurb. Thanks for doing what you do Michael.
While technically not a design book, Feng Zhu sketch tutorials should not be missed for any aspiring design sketcher. He has a great range of inspirational concept sketches that has driven the environmental or character designs of movies and games such as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Transformers, Command and Conquer 3, Sims 3 etc.
It is never easy to master it, but with constant practice and a library of good references, you can achieve it. So do enjoy the process! For more great books on design, check out our awesome article: 30 Essential Books for Industrial Designers. This article was originally co-written with guest author Sharon Goh and published on 23rd July She is currently in charge of the sales and marketing of Dutch-designed products in the Asia Pacific.
She has worked in Japan, Netherlands, and Singapore, in the competencies of industrial design, design management and product marketing. Beautiful work…I love looking at concept sketches. It makes me immediately want to take out my sketchbook and start drawing.
You can consider getting them. I saw it last time, and it was really cool. Hi there! Thanks alot for the references. I was looking for them for a pretty long time. Thanks again! Believe me, being from a different Design Discipline, these books have given me a very clear idea about the Design Process: right from the initial ideation sketches to the final, Traditional and Digital renderings. Regards, Chaitanya, India.
Sketching seems to be a less common practice. Too many young designers are giving it up and going straight to the computer. Thanks for this compilation. I have a few of those books, which I agree are great, particularly the book by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur. Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to drop by and leave your comments. Nathan: Fully agree, I literally have to drag students or designers away from their computers!
I hope this compilation can inspire. Joyce: Thanks for the suggestion. I need to get hold of the other books too. They look really helpful as well. Kat : Thanks for your question. It takes all of the above actually. Regardless, I like to wish you the best of luck in your design career. March 1, In Articles. Good Books on Design Sketching Updated October Good sketching skills are important in any design process, and something truly needed in the design industry today.
Learning Curves by Klara Sjolen and Allan Macdonald From the same publisher that brought you Design Sketching, Learning Curves is a follow-up book targeted to take design sketchers to the next level by helping them to really learn how to sketch.
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