Drawing Shortcuts

Drawing Shortcuts : Developing Quick Drawing Skills Using Today's Technology

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The updated edition of a contemporary approach to merging traditional hand drawing methods with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional digital visualization tools. Jim Leggitt's Drawing Shortcuts shows how communicating with hand drawings combined with digital technology can be ingeniously simple, and this new edition makes an already popular technique even better. Completely expanded with new chapters and a wealth of supporting images, this Second Edition presents practical techniques for improving drawing efficiency and effectiveness by combining traditional hand drawing methods with the latest digital technology, including 3-D modeling with SketchUp. This book's step-by-step approach will sharpen and streamline your techniques whether you draw for pleasure, school or your design profession.
Easy-to-follow instructions cover every aspect from the basics of drawing such as composition, color, shading, hatching, and perspective up to the most current technologies Incorporates Google SketchUp, Google Earth, computer generated renderings, digital scanners and printers Features new visuals from accomplished drawing experts Special new Gallery section highlights the creative process with step-by-step examples of drawings Complete coverage of the Overlay and Trace Method, Simple Composite Method, Advanced Composite Method, and Digital Hybrid Drawings New matrices show alternative drawing techniques for specific visual effects such as Linework and Shading, Selecting the Right Views, Perspectives and Paraline Drawings, Drawing Detail, Camera Lenses, and Drawing Tools Generously enriched with detailed process drawings, examples, and more than 500 full-color images, Drawing Shortcuts, Second Edition will have you creating top-quality drawings faster and more effectively.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 218.44 x 274.32 x 20.32mm | 1,043.26g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • col. ill
  • 0470435488
  • 9780470435489
  • 341,510

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"Given the impact that technology has had to face with design, the second edition of this fascinating book focuses on the implementation of the illustrations of the urban landscape all the while blending the traditional hand drawing with the more contemporary digital techniques." ( Tango Reporter , August 2010) "Architect, Urban Planner, and professional illustrator Jim Leggitt brings the information he teaches in his drawing workshops to the pages of this colorful text. A second edition of a 2002 book, this version has been revised to integrate "today's technology," specifically in the form of Google Sketchup, presenting a drawing approach that merges hand-drawing techniques with digital technology." ( Landscape Architecture , July 2010) " Drawing Shortcuts, Second Edition , is a timely reference tool at a time when technology - for all its advantages - has contributed to an increased atrophy of freehand drawing skills among design students and professionals." ( ChicagoArchitectureToday.com , June 2010) "Written for students and professionals in the building and landscaping arts, Drawing Shortcuts has numerous tips that will help today's busy professional speed up the drawing process without sacrificing creativity. Author Jim Leggit's processes combine computer technology with the more emotion-based, traditional, hand techniques to produce work worthy for presentations. Rather than take years to learn the shortcuts, this book allows readers to quickly stimulate spaces that tell a story." ( San Francisco Book Review , March 28, 2010)
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About Jim Leggitt

Jim Leggitt, FAIA, is an architect, urban planner, and professional illustrator who has been practicing for over thirty years. Jim offers drawing workshops and is a frequent speaker at universities and national, regional, and local events where he has taught over 5,000 architects, designers, and students.
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Create top-quality drawings faster and more effectively

This book is about putting your design ideas on paper for others to enjoy. Recent developments in computer rendering technology have put amazing new tools in the hands of designers. But for communicating emotion and character, there is simply no replacement for good old-fashioned hand drawing. Jim Leggitt's Drawing Shortcuts gives you an ingeniously simple drawing approach that joins traditional hand-drawing techniques with the latest 2-D and 3-D digital technology.

In this new edition of his popular book, architect and teacher Jim Leggitt, FAIA, introduces you to the fundamentals of drawing--such as drawing types, media options, composition, color, shading, hatching, and perspective--and then explains how to incorporate the most current digital technologies into your work.

The book's step-by-step approach helps you:

Sharpen and streamline your visualization technique using the "overlay and trace," "simple and advanced composition," and "digital hybrid drawings" methods Absorb the lessons through detailed process drawings, carefully chosen examples, and more than 500 full-color images Create amazing images combining your own hand drawings with 3-D computer views made with Google(R) SketchUp, Google(R) Earth, and other powerful programs Master "Tradigital Drawing," which merges traditional hand-drawing technique with digital imaging Whether you draw for pleasure or professionally, let Drawing Shortcuts, Second Edition show you how to utilize technology on your own terms--and communicate your designs with a timeless magic that's all your own.

JIM LEGGITT, FAIA, is an architect, urban planner, and professional illustrator who has been practicing for over thirty years. Jim offers drawing workshops and is a frequent speaker at universities and national, regional, and local events where he has taught over 5,000 architects, designers, and students.
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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. INTRODUCTION. CHAPTER 1 TRADITIONAL DRAWING TYPES. Observation Drawings. Imagination Drawings. Thumbnail Drawings. Concept Drawings. Presentation Drawings. CHAPTER 2 DRAWING COMPOSITION. Drawing Composition. Perspective Drawings. Paraline Drawings. CHAPTER 3 TRADITIONAL DRAWING TOOLS. Drawing Media. Drawing with Pencils. Drawing with Pens. Hatching Techniques. Showing Detail. Creating Shadows. Correcting Mistakes. Drawing Safety. CHAPTER 4 TRADITIONAL COLORING TOOLS. How to Color with Pencils. How to Color with Markers. Mixed-Media Drawings. CHAPTER 5 TRADITIONAL ENTOURAGE DRAWING. Drawing Sources. How to Draw People. How to Draw Cars. How to Draw Vegetation. Drawing Furniture. Drawing Building Materials. CHAPTER 6 DIGITAL DRAWING TOOLS. 3-D Modeling. Digital Editing. Digital Photography. CHAPTER 7 TRADIGITAL DRAWING. Traditional + Digital. Tradigital Variations. Overlay and Trace. Simple Composite Method. Advanced Composite Method. Digital Hybrids. CHAPTER 8 DRAWING GALLERY. Kirk Fromm. Jennifer Mahoney. Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA. Terry J. Leonard, AIA. Michael P. O'Beirne. Seth Harry, AIA. Stanley Doctor. Conclusion. Contributors. Project Credits. Index. Jim Leggitt.
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