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Sketching: The Basics

Sketching: The Basics

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Design sketching is embedded in a process involving many colourful aspects. The field of sketching is both lively and changing, and the importance of drawing in relation to the design process is considerable. Designers need to express their thoughts and ideas in context-driven drawings and sketches. That demands the skill to draw efficiently and with an awareness of the function served by the drawings and of their legibility. We think these skills can be acquired.
This book can be regarded as the 'prequel' to our first book, which was intended as a reference guide. This new book concerns the study of form. Sketching: The Basics contains many step-by-step guides to making drawings. It is about learning to draw efficiently by employing different techniques, both manual and digital. Drawing an object or idea is not a rigid process but a lively interactive process. Revealing the steps in that process allows us to explain the decisions taken and their impact on the final result. Every chapter contains an exercise for the reader. After all, practice is probably the best way to learn. Can you remember your struggle as a child as you were learning how to write? Developing the skill to write by hand was hard work, but you managed. The same will happen as you learn to draw.
Just as in our previous book Sketching, we will illustrate particular aspects of drawing in designer case studies. We have invited contributions from leading international designers from different cultures around the world. We feel it is important to show their drawings in relation to the design process.
We believe in active observation and participation from the student. During the drawing process there are many moments when choices alter the outcome. Being aware of those moments and the variety of choices and opportunities makes your attitude more flexible and less rigid. Students learn to start sketching with an open mind instead of a fixed idea. We believe that such an open attitude is key to a good design process.