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How to Draw: Drawing and Sketching Objects and Environments from Your Imagination

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Design Studio Press (first published December 15th 2012)
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Void lon iXaarii
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, 1.5 years later I finally finished it. Probably the best book in technical perspective I have read. The author is so rigorous! Very impressive effort!

Ironically the reason it took me so long to finish it was that the more I read and was impressed with his iron discipline it presented the more I felt it was worthwhile to return to the 3D gfx I had abandoned years ago. Funny when you think about it, that a great drawing book would push me away from drawing, but I guess it fits with my hypoth
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Artists wanting to improve their perspective sketching
Shelves: non-fiction, art, diy
I took a look through this book and it's mind-boggling good, I bought a copy. For one thing it covers several forms of perspective not covered in older works as well as more traditional perspective. There is also 10+ hours of video already associated with this book with the possibility of more in the future. These videos can be viewed automatically by a tablet by pointing them at the page in question, neat! You could learn sketching from this book alone and even you're advanced, you will learn s ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The go-to book for any question about how to draw anything in perspective.
Harry  Sean
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great book on perspective drawing but dense and lot of information to take in. It’s a great book if you want to do technical drawing like mech, buildings and vehicles but unfortunately I can’t tolerate technical drawing so I will just give it 2 stars.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best bang for your buck
Christian Deleon
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Tough. Written like a textbook, but lacking many answers. Not for the faint of heart. You must practice, practice and practice. But even then this does not teach you how to "design" with a "cool" aesthetic. Hopefully, his upcoming design book will cover this extensively. ...more
Magnus Oxlund
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Draw begins almost immediately with delivering its ambitious titular promise of solid fundamental drawing theory, but early on accelerates, eager to depart for the realm of design, with many intermediate topics on perspective drawing left underdeveloped.

For instance, three-point perspective is only afforded three short paragraphs, with the recommendation to use 3D software to achieve it. The reason? Real designers rarely have the time for three-point perspective. The result is a feeling o
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book if you want to learn to draw objects in perspective, but the caveat of course is that with all drawing books, you must actually take the time to do each exercise to truly get it. I find that most artists understand the concept of perspective but to actually draw it accurately is a whole other thing. Scott Robertson's techniques will teach you how to draw not only accurately, but quickly, once you understand how it all works and learn his method. Again, it's very importa ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book, although the title doesn't describe what it is with great precision - so it's worth having a look inside if this is what you need.

The book focuses on drawing - yes, from your imagination - but almost exclusively those are machines, robots, industrial settings. It puts a lot of emphasis on correctness (in terms of proportions and perspective), so a lot of time is dedicated to getting those right.

The author shares his thoughts on the creative process of conjuring up ideas, which I foun
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-design
Extremely good for rigorous foundations in perspective, thorough and well-structured. Exercises and methods are worth doing by hand, but as a means to develop a good heuristic approach and as a way to debug issues when perspective looks wrong, rather than to be used on a day-to-day basis. In a world of easy 3D, it is still important to understand how perspective works and to be able to do it by hand if necessary, but many of the techniques after chapter 5 or 6 are probably not necessary for the ...more
Sonya Ball
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent textbook on drawing from imagination! Drawing from imagination is easily the most difficult thing to draw, this book gives sound advice and techniques to simplify drawing from your mind to make sketches become completely realized drawings. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more than just how to draw from life.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I have no background in the Arts, and I needed to improve my technical sketching skills to better formulate my ideas to paper before going to CAD and final fabrication. The book was basic enough to get me started, and easy enough to read to not lose me. As a self-help book it is OK.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gabriel by: i find it myself
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Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chock full of beautiful sketches and plenty of good instruction, this is more of an advanced refresher than for beginners.
Arthur Marques
Esse é o melhor livro de perspectiva linear quando o assunto é construção de volumes complexos. Ao apresentar seus designs veiculares, Scott Robertson constrói um sólido argumento de que a perspectiva linear pode (e deve) ser usada para criar e recriar quaisquer objetos dinâmicos e complexos de forma espacialmente coesa. O fato do livro fugir dos exemplos simplórios e estáticos encontrados na maioria dos livros de perspectiva é, ao meu ver, o motivo de tamanha autoridade da obra na área.

Ainda as
Jul 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Awesome book for anyone who is starting to learn to draw from the basics. I actually followed the exercises and realized that - hey, I DO have artistic talent. Now I wish I continued doing the exercises but for someone who is more dedicated they will see a lot of improvement.
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ESSENTIAL for a complete beginner artist. Will teach you how to construct any form from imagination and with proper perspective. I recommend you study each page and repeat, only moving on when you've understood what came before. Will improve your art massively. ...more
Talal Hassouba
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
thumbs up!
Min Tran
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece!
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Aspirational. currently above my skill
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about perspective and technical drawing. Even though i couldn't complete and draw along with it much, i think it is really useful for concept designers. ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-instruction
I wish this book came as a book/DVD combo. It's much easier for me to learn from videos, but the videos included with this book didn't cover all of the book's content.

That said, there are lots of interesting tips here that I haven't found in other books: mirroring planes/curves; estimating rotation when drawing freehand; making grids using ellipses; wrapping labels around curved surfaces; etc.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A superb book on effectively using perspective for constructing 3D shapes in pen. Its general approach is technical but also practical-minded, and seems intended for someone interested in concept art or similar industries. Very usefully illustrated.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, thorough resource. I've never seen such an in depth examination of perspective. I would recommend this as something for the serious artist, but perhaps not, say, for your niece who likes to draw sometimes. ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Many great ideas. This is a very advanced book but it does have some good starting points for me. I'll have to get it again when I'm better. ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Picked up a few things about perspective that weren't covered in art school. Very well organized with accompanying video tutorials/summaries. ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technical
Very well explanation with perspective.
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“The optimal lens that creates an acceptable amount of distortion is a 50mm lens. This translates into the drawing as a 60º Cone of Vision. How is this determined? Every lens has a degree of visible area assigned to it and 60º is close to what is seen through a 50mm lens.” 0 likes
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