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Has anyone seen the book: Product Rendering With Markers: Using Markers for Sketching and Rendering?

If so, is it any good?

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October 29th, 2008, 6:28 pm

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I was at a small used book store today that just opened. I found a book called "Design Rendering Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Design Ideas" by Dick Powell.

Wow, this book is so bad-ass!!! It's from 1985 and is amazing. I heard his name on this forum but never seen any of his books. I might have to pick up the other one mentioned here.

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October 30th, 2008, 9:28 am

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Dick Powell is the man. I love his old books. I scored one a bookstore when I was 15 yrs olds and it was my bible for a long time. I still have it, the binding is ripped off, ink all over the cover...

October 30th, 2008, 9:41 am

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I got this message from Mr Powell:
It was published in the USA only with this title, but elsewhere called 'Presentation Techniques'. I did a comprehensive rewrite which became the second edition and that is still in print and available. You can find it on Amazon.
Can anyone who has both books tell me what was added/deleted?

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May 29th, 2009, 12:15 am

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yo wrote:Dick Powell is the man. I love his old books. I scored one a bookstore when I was 15 yrs olds and it was my bible for a long time. I still have it, the binding is ripped off, ink all over the cover...
would you recommend this for me?
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May 29th, 2009, 9:14 am

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MBW17 wrote:
yo wrote:Dick Powell is the man. I love his old books. I scored one a bookstore when I was 15 yrs olds and it was my bible for a long time. I still have it, the binding is ripped off, ink all over the cover...
would you recommend this for me?
Abso-frickin-lutely! I got my copy off Amazon for $12 a couple of months ago and it was the best $12 I've spent in a while.

I was reading though it last night, and he has a really great introduction on why design drawing skills are important. His basic argument is that as a designer you want to be able to draw at the speed that you can think. You want to be comfortable enough in your drawing ability to sketch and ideate freely. This gives you the flexibility to make hundreds of quick variations, and hopefully through this process arrive at a better final solution. Design what you can imagine, don't design only what you can draw.

May 29th, 2009, 9:20 am

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so it's mainly explaining design and why it's important?
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No not really. Sorry I realize reading through my post that I gave that impression. Design theory is probably only 10% of the book (but it's an exciting 10%). The majority of the content is visual, step by step walk-throughs of rendering techniques. Lot's of nice pictures and succinct descriptions.

Here's a description of the book from the back:

"Starting with the essential tools of the trade, the book describes the principles of perspective drawing and coloring techniques with chapters on marker, airbrush and colored paper rendering. Step-by-step drawings show how to build up a product visual, and follow through the entire design sequence to the finished drawing. Of special interest is the separate feature on automotive design- a field which attracts many creative designers. All types of line and descriptive drawing are explored, including cutaways and exploded views. Sections on special finishes, the use of backgrounds and mounting materials make this book a comprehensive design tool."

By today's standards much of the work will look dated, the section on shoe renders is particularly funny after seeing what modern shoe rendering techniques, but the fundamentals used in this book are timeless and are applicable whether you're using marker, pencil, photoshop, sketchbook pro, or ketchup and mustard.

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Oh really? That's actually what I want and need.. I'll look into buying a version, thanks man!
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Do u think it would still be good/ help me even tho it's old?
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Yes.

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here's some great books for sketching (if they havent allready been posted):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/90636917 ... 6SVD97BE02
http://www.designsketching.com/

And this is the sylabus I give my students in the first year of ID:
http://www.atohms.be/basic_sketching.ppt

It's really about the basics...but most books tend to go over them to fast.
And everybody knows you cant build A house if you have crappy foundations.

Its a powerpoint presentation and I definitely need to update it...there's also one or 3 copied images without credits...my apologies therefore

Within ayear or so I'll make another one about the more advanced sketching skills and computer-aided sketching. Got some other more important work for the moment ;)


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Re: books on sketching skliz...?

January 31st, 2010, 7:56 pm

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After a lot of edits and re-works: I finally self published a book of sketches.
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1166889
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