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Sketching: The Basics (2nd printing)

In 2011, following the phenomenal global success of Sketching, which has sold over sixty thousand copies in two years, authors Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur debut the sequel entitled Sketching: The Basics.

In fact, prequel would be a better word for this new book, since it is aimed towards the novice designer. Whereas Sketching shows you how to draw various aspects of shape and form, and serves more as a reference book, The Basics explains things in more detail, taking the reader by the hand and guiding him step by step through all the various aspects of drawing that novice designers come up against.

The Basics explains the rudiments of learning to draw both clearly and comprehensively, using step-by-step illustrations, examples, and strategies. You will learn to use and master the different techniques and also how to apply sketches in the design process.

It is the perfect book for those just starting out in sketching, for the first years of art and design courses, and for those who wish to revise the basics of good sketching; it is a simple and efficient way of learning all you’ve ever wanted to know but have never had explained to you.

Koos Eissen is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology and teaches freehand drawing classes at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Roselien Steur teaches at the Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Utrecht School of the Arts.

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3 comments to Sketching: The Basics (2nd printing)

  • Parka

    Very informative This is the second book put out by Roselien Steur and Koos Essen, both educators who teaches design sketching. The first book was also on sketching. This book is marketed as the prequel.The focus here is on getting the basics. There are seven chapters but in general covers techniques on drawing geometry, choosing the correct viewpoint, and adding colours and details. It’s not totally basic though, some prior knowledge of perspective drawing will be extremely beneficial.The examples provided are well illustrated and explained. There are lots of tips even for something as simple as drawing a cube, the basic building block. Every page is packed with information and beautiful designs. I like that there are a few real world case studies for each chapter.The book could do better with a few detailed step-by-step construction of the example products, from start to finish. The way it’s presented now is basically having sketches on the page, and focusing on a few parts, such as drawing rounded corners for phones and only that. The section on colouring should also be broken into steps to show how certain effects are achieved, like blending chalk with markers to get a nice gradated effect.Overall, it’s a very informative book. I’m not a product designer but I found certain sections helpful, especially the chapter on using the appropriate viewpoint to highlight product features.(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

  • keno ""

    Great Companion/Substitute to Sketching DTFPD I originally bought and enjoyed Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers (DTFPD for short:),and this second book, (a prologue/companion/introduction of sorts) really is equally great; as an aspiring product designer and professional graphic artist I’ve found these 2 Books to be Incredibly useful. If you can, buy both, If you can only afford one or can’t decide, get this one first.Having said that, The Basics focuses more on some aspects of proper geometry, style and marker rendering with a focus towards what is considered the standard view or technique in Industrial/Product Design, but then again DTFPD expands on some topics (like marker rendering ) while completely standing alone on other subjects(like ideation, light) , hence the need to have both books, but as I said before, I believe The Basics is slightly more condensed. Also, there is ample overlap in between both books, except on some critical bits, confusing I know.I have a list of complaints about this book, but since I really love it I guess they are more of a wish list for the writers, perhaps in the 3rd book,; here we go:1. More step by steps ( you know with numbers and arrows would be great), half the time spent on this book is trying to decipher what it is you are trying to teach,it’s sad, but for a design book the text is not always next to the correct image.2. Ellipses need a better explanation.3. I go crazy for case studies, it’s like my favorite thing in the world, but sadly I think you are over using them in your books.4. Materials list (Copic markers are not cheap you know, It would be great if you told me which ones to buy as to avoid the trial/error).5. I miss the little Cartoons : (But really, great book and can’t wait for the 3rd one which might be called Sketching: The definite edition, I’ll keep on buying them I guess.K

  • Eileen

    Useful info nearly every page (Note: I’m not a product designer, I just like to draw.)I borrowed this book from the library thinking maybe I’d come across a few helpful tips. As I read I marked the pages I found useful with a Post-It, in order to come back to them later. About a quarter of the way in I realized I had marked almost every page.There is much good information here. The examples are well-illustrated and clearly explained. It’s concise – no fluff, no frills, no waste of my attention span.I’m excited to have my own copy to play with.

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