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    Best Industrial Design Pen Drawing book

    Hello Everyone,

    I have a project where I plan on doing some cool industrial design perspective pen drawings. (using the prismacolor gray pens and utiliziing the industrial design method of perspective).

    I was wondering what the artist/industrial designers think is the best book on industrial design perpsective drawing and rendering? There seem to be a ton of books on the topic but I know there is always one or two that are the standard of instruction.

    Thanks in advance. If this is not the right section to post this let me know or feel free to move it to the correct section.

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    Unfortunately marker techniques (marker not "pen", just fyi) are falling by the wayside.

    The standards when I was in school were:
    "Design Rendering Techniques" by Powell
    "Rendering in Mixed Media" by Ungar
    Other good ones:
    "Quick and Easy Solutions to Marker Techniques" by Shimizu
    "Marker Rendering Techniques" by Powell and Monahan

    Doug Chiang's book on sci-fi art is pretty good too.

    You might try to track down "Industrial Design Workshop" vols. 1 & 2 from MeiSei Publications as well.

    That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.

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    Sketching: Drawing Techniques For Product Designers is one I wouldn't mind getting. There are chapters on perspective and surfaces. It has case studies on completed projects from appliance design to cars. It's in it's 5th printing edition and the authors are releasing another book soon concentrating more on basic techniques. Hope it's helpful.

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    thanks for the response. I will check those out.

    I am looking more for books that have the industial design perspective drawing technique in them (start with a perspective center line through the object and draw object around it). I remember briefly seeing a book teaching that technique and it had a lot of marker/pen rendering too.

    Trying to find that book again and I can't remember the name. The perspective technique is taught by some of the best too. The technique can easily be used in the computer and is faster than building 3d perspective models or cg grid guides. Would love to learn it and go into photoshop or paper and draw away. In terms of prismacolor markers and computer photoshop...its all the same just shades of gray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Unfortunately marker techniques (marker not "pen", just fyi) are falling by the wayside.

    The standards when I was in school were:
    "Design Rendering Techniques" by Powell
    "Rendering in Mixed Media" by Ungar
    Other good ones:
    "Quick and Easy Solutions to Marker Techniques" by Shimizu
    "Marker Rendering Techniques" by Powell and Monahan

    Doug Chiang's book on sci-fi art is pretty good too.

    You might try to track down "Industrial Design Workshop" vols. 1 & 2 from MeiSei Publications as well.

    That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.

    But, but. . . which one should I read first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamber Parrk View Post
    But, but. . . which one should I read first?
    Shouldn't you be asking how to use it too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Shouldn't you be asking how to use it too?
    Well, it's a book-- so, I reckon you just open it!

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    Hmmm...IDK - sounds like any book on mechanical drawing and drafting I've ever seen.

    Do you mean this kind of thing?

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    It also sounds like it could be Doug Chiang's book "Mechanika" .

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    I know this thread may be a little old but thought id give my two cents as its my first post, (infact i joined up to offer this response).

    The above technique with the drawing of the spaceship is known as 'drawthrough', if thats the technique your looking for more information about then i would recommend looking at scott robertsons websites. (googling the same term will get you his blog/site)

    Founder of design studio press he's been involved in providing some great concept design work for many years now and even has a series of dvds from Gnomon about his techniques and such.. i highly recommend them.

    He also has some great looking books coming out of his own in september of this year ( you can see previews on his blog/amazon) which judging from the cover of one in particular will explore this technique thoroughly.

    Ive seen industrial designers in person use this technique so it seems like its pretty popular and may have indeed spawned from the afore mentioned books in other replies... dick powell's book is more than likely.

    from what i can tell it involves crating the object to be designed onto the page, and then basically drawing its silhouette onto the side of this crate (or along its center vertical plane) and then using the rest of the crate as the outer most perimeter of the form, adding in things like wheels, wings, windows and what have you in their relative position. it can help to do a profile and aerial drawing of the object before this drawing is attempted, to aid in the placement of key structures within the object.

    hope this helped, let me know if i can be of anymore service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Unfortunately marker techniques (marker not "pen", just fyi) are falling by the wayside.

    The standards when I was in school were:
    "Design Rendering Techniques" by Powell
    "Rendering in Mixed Media" by Ungar
    Other good ones:
    "Quick and Easy Solutions to Marker Techniques" by Shimizu
    "Marker Rendering Techniques" by Powell and Monahan

    Doug Chiang's book on sci-fi art is pretty good too.

    You might try to track down "Industrial Design Workshop" vols. 1 & 2 from MeiSei Publications as well.

    That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.
    Hey Jeff, do you remember Rapid Viz?

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    FYI .. Scott Robertson has 3 new books to come out which might be what you are looking for (not necessarily marker techniques though)

    http://drawthrough.blogspot.co.uk/20...ext-books.html

    Cant imagine Scott's books not being awesome!

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    There's also Sketching: The Basics, which is the sequel to Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers mentioned above.

    http://parkablogs.com/content/book-r...etching-basics







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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarman View Post
    Hey Jeff, do you remember Rapid Viz?
    You bet Bill...still have my copy kicking around here somewhere!

    The "Sketching: The Basics" and "Sketching" that Parka81 posted are two new books from the UK that are excellent.

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