10 New Sketching Books

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Few years ago I wrote and article about 13 great books about sketching and it is time to add some new good books to the collection.

In this article you will find 10 interesting books about sketching – from designers sketchbooks to guides how to sketch products, draw perspective, observe the environment.

1. Sketching Masterclass: A Guide to Sketching

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“Sketching Masterclass: A Guide to Sketching” by Page One Publishing and authored by Ruzaimi Mat Rani.

Topics covered include basic skills like drawing 2D and 3D objects, perspective, composition and rendering techniques. The book is dedicated for It’s for beginners and that’s why it isn’t very technical. The book focuses on drawing based on imagination rather than observational drawings. The examples featured are mostly drawn with construction lines and other aids. Continue reading

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2. Sketching basics: one point perspective

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“Sketching Basics: One Point Perspective” by Ruzaimi Mat Rani.

It’s a 208-page paperback dealing with one point perspective specifically. Therefore there are enough exercises to make anyone proficient. The lessons starts with drawing simple geometric boxes and placement. Then it moves on to more challenging ones like drawing curved surfaces and irregular shaped objects. The examples are all step-by-step illustrations. Continue reading

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3. Informality: Rough and refined sketches by Andres Parada

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As author describes about this book “My intent is to offer this compilation of sketchwork as an inspirational and practical reference book that can hopefully motivate others to produce great work. This book is divided into eight sections of content. Each section presents its topic from rough sketches done in an analog way to more refined sketches created digitally in photoshop.”

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4. Learning Curves

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Learning Curves is Klara Sjolen’s follow up to her 2005 book Design Sketching.

While Curves could be characterized as a sequel of sorts to the first book, drawing is a deep enough field that either book could be used as a starting point. Both books include demos on ellipses, shadows, perspective and materials. The 2005 book has more detailed tutorials on form and the more recent has one of the finest descriptions of different pens or materials we’ve seen yet.  Continue reading

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5. Innovative Product Design Practice: Carl Liu Design Book

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In this book are collected sketches by Carl Liu and serve as an inspiration and observation of sketch compositions. Not a book that teaches how to sketch but definitely a book that will inspire you!

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6. Drawing for Product Designers

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With its tutorial-based approach, this is a practical guide to both hand- and computer-drawn design. Readers will learn to think three-dimensionally and build complex design ideas that are structurally sound and visually clear. Continue reading

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7. Top Sketches: Top European Designer’s Sketches on the Innovation Process

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“Top Sketches” by Jordi Mila and Stone Wen.

Actually there is almost no information about this book, but a comment could be found on Amazon: “This book is amazingly good. Jordi Mila is not very known here in the states, but his work (and the rest of his design firm, EDDA in Spain) is very impressive. This book has a ton of sketches, in pencil, ballpoint pen and Photoshop renderings. This is NOT an instructional book, like the Koos Eissen books (which I own as well and are great!)”

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8. 500 A Collection of Sketches by Spencer Nugent

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As Spencer Nugent writes about his book: “A long time ago, when I was still learning how to sketch and visualize design concepts, my professor at the time, Paul Skaggs, issued a challenge. He challenged the class of design students to complete 500 sketch pages in one month. 500 blank pages to be filled in 30 days seemed like an immense task at the time, and it was. I started that experiment, only to fail a short time into it. Turns out that sketching 16 plus letter-sized pages each day takes about 3 hours to complete .” Continue reading

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9. Sketching: The basics

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This is the second book put out by Roselien Steur and Koos Essen.

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. Continue reading

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10. Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers

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Freehand Drawing and Discovery written by James Richard.

The book is a collection of tips and insight on sketching. 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. Continue reading

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