Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers (Anglais) Relié – 1 février 2013
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Designed to help architects, planners, and landscape architects use freehand sketching to quickly and creatively generate design concepts, Freehand Drawing and Discovery uses an array of cross–disciplinary examples to help readers develop their drawing skills. Taking a "both/and" approach, this book provides step–by–step guidance on drawing tools and techniques and offers practical suggestions on how to use these skills in conjunction with digital tools on real–world projects. Illustrated with nearly 300 full color drawings, the book includes a series of video demonstrations that reinforces the sketching techniques.
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"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, 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.
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Les astuces sont pratiques et accompagnées de très beaux exemples de l’auteur et d’artistes invités. On trouve des informations sur la création de textures, le dessin de formes simples en perspective,les différentes choses à ajouter pour aboutir un dessin, etc.
Ce n’est pas vraiment un livre pour les débutants, il faudra avoir acquis les bases du dessin à l’avance. C’est plutôt un supplément pour améliorer votre sens de l’observation et la compréhension des scènes.
Parmi les artistes invités certains sont interviewés, dont Michael Vergason, Kevin Sloan, Luis Ruiz, Gabriel Campanario, Liz Steel entre autres. Ils racontent leurs histoires, leur expérience et on comprend facilement pourquoi ils sont fascinés par le dessin, c’est très inspirant.
Les derniers chapitres couvrent des méthodes plus expérimentales comme l’utilisation de Google Sketchup 3D comme référence et le dessin par-dessus des photos.
Le livre inclus également l’accès à plus d’une heure de tutorial vidéo en ligne très intéressant.
C’est un livre inspirant. Fortement recommandé à tous ceux qui aiment dessiner.
(Vous pourrez trouver plus d'images du livre sur mon blog. Visitez mon profil Amazon pour suivre le lien.)
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James' loose, confident, artistic style has long been a favorite of mine, and his book is just chock-full of beautiful sketches, insights into his methodology, drawing tips and lessons, and wonderful visual examples of his processes. Whether he's describing how to simplify complicated images before him, how to figure out vantage points and perspective, how to include figures in scenes, or how to create a sense of depth in landscapes, his examples are insightful and clear.
He also generously shares his pages with other artists who share his passion for sketching in the moment, and their beautiful images grace his pages while these artists also describe their creative processes. It's exciting to see that the artistic community is alive and well and living, as evidenced by the work displayed within these pages.
James also touches upon proficiency in design concept sketching as a springboard for merging freehand skills with digital representation technology.
As he says so well himself, "drawing offers a rewarding way of seeing and understanding the world." This book inspires and makes you want to pick up a pen, pencil and/or brush and have at it! Finally, the book even has instructions for accessing online tutorial videos! It's a wonderful reference book for anyone interested in art, or for those exploring their own creativity.
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.)
This book is in the category of nonfiction books which are published for professionals in a career field but which contain a lot of useful information and inspiration for amateurs as well. By this I mean, if you are an architect or designer and can use 100% of the content of this book, that's great for you, but amateurs may also read the book and get a lot out of it while not needing a certain portion of the book. That is okay with me; some amateurs (like me) would rather have information overkill and get the good from the book than to never have benefited from reading it. (Last week I came across the same exact situation for organic gardeners where the title and some of the content was geared toward professional landscapers but where 90% of the info can inform and be used by the home gardener. The authors were begging home gardeners to not shy away from the book because the word professional was in the subtitle.)
Richards is of the generation who learned to draw by hand first, and then later the digital revolution came along and he learned how to use computer software to combine the two in his architectural work. The current generation of designers is said to have been taught to go directly to digital rendering. Richards and other professionals highlighted in the book argue that freehand drawing makes designers better designers for multiple reasons. The biggest argument is that sketching by hand as a tactile experience opens up creativity. The power of observation that is honed by sketching regularly, perhaps a small sketch a day, helps train the eye of the artist/designer. One may not know in the moment that the fun sketching that is done is making them a better artist and a more innovative designer, but it is, Richard insists. This is not unlike recommending that writers practice writing (anything) every day to become better writers or saying that photographers should take a ton of (mostly bad) photos to sharpen their powers of observation, to really learn to see, and to improve composition skills.
There are eight chapters and the book circles back at the end to the main point made in the first chapter.
Part One has four chapters that introduce freehand drawing. It starts with an argument and a defense for the good that comes from old fashioned hand drawing to opening up creativity and to sharpen the skills of the artist/designer. Chapter two focuses on simplifying tools and diving in, because doing more with less is better than getting bogged down with too much equipment that is not regularly used. It includes recommendations as to how to sketch a scene on site. Chapter three has sketching tips about how to represent the various items in the landscape (rocks, sky, buildings). Chapter four focuses on perspective, depth, and use of color.
Part Two focuses on urban sketching. Since this is a book for designers of suburban or urban structures, this book focuses on urban spaces (not nature landscapes). In this section the concept of urban sketching is discussed and methods for working to do fast sketches on site are shared. Sketching done in one's private time enhances the professional's work done while on the job. Drawing is play and should not be confined to 9 to 5.
Part Three is the technical part of the book for professional designers. Chapter seven discusses sketching over digital photo bases and options for doing that with various software and computers. Chapter eight is about using a tablet to sketch onto (vs. drawing paper or layers of tracing paper which are later scanned and combined). Chapter nine rounds back to inspiration and creativity urging the artist to collect inspirational pieces to refer to and to draw regularly, as well as how to keep the creative mojo going.
Now for the visual treat: the eye candy: the drawings. I love the large format of this book, it is about 9 x 11 inches in size which provides a large canvas to display the full color sketches and color photographs which are throughout. There are hundreds of sketches here which are inspiring in and of themselves. Most of the sketches are by the author but other designers have shared their sketches and design plans as well (it is nice to see the variety). Some are full page or two on a page, and there are two page spreads. We see the progression of planning from start to finish, because Richards draws on tracing paper which he overlays, then makes a scan and prints a final copy to color for his presentations.
The quality of the paper in this book is also excellent, thick and wonderful. It is hardcover and very sturdy. Although I enjoy eBooks this is the type of book that you want to hold in your hand and view in full size with two page spreads.
Highly recommended for the passionate amateur drawing or sketching artist as well as for professional designers who want to be inspired and who are open to the idea of combining freehand drawing with computer software.
I rate this book 5 stars = I Love It.
Did I say this book was inspiring?
My recommendation is for anyone interested in field rendering to start with something basic like Lasaeu's Freehand Sketching, then graduate to this book. The benefit to this is you will feel less intimidated by the author's clean, beautiful work once you have a better understanding of how to make your sketching style meet your needs. Laseau's Visual Notes for Architects and Designers is another book I would strongly recommend for anyone interested in field work, as it covers the topic of maintaining notebooks and using sketches as a method of design reconnaissance rather than an end in itself.
In sum, this book is not going to teach you how to sketch, but it will allow you to use your sketching abilities to better explore your surroundings and capture ideas and information. It also won't teach you how to create precise schematics, but you can always use a CAD tool to clean up and formalize a field drawing. On the other hand it is far harder to use a CAD tool to capture ideas in the wild, which is most often where inspiration strikes and where you are face to face with live, visual input.
Anyone looking to expand their field of vision, generate more and better ideas, or gain a greater appreciation for their surroundings will benefit highly from this book.
This isn't a dry textbook instruction on learning to sketch, and while the focus is on exteriors, it will help you no matter what kind of designer you are. Richards clearly loves what he does and he communicates his tips without veering into overly-artistic jargon or into boring technical details. This book is fun to read and not just to learn from.
With that said, you will learn from this book. There is great information from basic starting skills to the refined advanced skills that will make your work stand out. He talks about tools, styles, even the size of drawing to aim for, without stifling the creative instinct. And the drawings that Richards shares are beautiful while also being educational. He also shares a few author highlights that helps to expand your knowledge, with information like what that artist uses, what they have done and what their own tips and techniques are.
I own several sketching instruction books, but this one will be my go to.