Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design
Mark Baskinger, William Bardel
An intensive how-to primer for design professionals for creating compelling and original concept designs through drawing by hand.
Award-winning designers and workshop leaders Mark Baskinger and William Bardel bring us this thorough course in drawing to create better graphic layouts, diagrams, human forms, products, systems, and more. Their drawing bootcamp provides essential instruction on thinking, reasoning, and visually exploring concepts to create compelling products, communications, and services.
In a unique board binding that mimics a sketchbook, Drawing Ideas provides a complete foundation in the techniques and methods for effectively communicating to clients and audiences through clear and persuasive drawings.
edges will converge toward vanishing points on the horizon line. * * * These drawings show various profiles revolved around an axis to make volumetric forms. Working from profile toward perspective drawing may help you to see proportions and maintain structure. form-divide-detail-animate with cylinder-based forms You can apply the “form-divide-detail-animate” method that we covered with cubic forms to slice, dice, add to, subtract from, explode, and recombine a volumetric form.
gradient. Curved surfaces do not have a distinct edge to separate the values of shading; therefore you must transition from a white highlight to gray shading with a gradual transition in tone. With all shading, the key is to provide for transition between highlight and shaded surface so that the sketch clearly communicates the light source. These transitions, however, can be smooth, harsh, blended, or streaky depending on the intended visual impact or how harsh you intend the light source to be.
focal central point (hub). Proximity affects the clarity and depth of symmetry’s association. Symmetry’s framing quality is a particularly eye-catching means to heighten a reader’s attention. Parentheses and brackets are examples of symmetry focusing attention on the content between the two graphic punctuation forms. PROXIMITY PRINCIPLE We group elements and objects of close visual proximity into pairs or clusters. Figure-ground relationships (the relationship of objects to their
use of popular, “known” symbols to save time and ensure familiarity, such as an airplane to identify an airport, a trash can to identify file deletion, and so on. • Consider abstraction level, scale, and simplicity. This is a balancing act; elaborately drawn symbols contain unnecessary detail and may be harder to quickly recognize at a distance, while overabstracted symbols risk misreading. • Consider alternative viewing angles if you are having trouble drawing a representative symbol. • For
establish proportions, and to form all rectilinear shapes. They are also the easiest to draw and the easiest to judge for correctness. Being able to sketch a straight line by hand without the assistance of a ruler or straightedge takes a bit of practice, but once accomplished, you may find new confidence in your drawings. On a sheet of paper, you can practice drawing lines at varying lengths, paying careful attention to deliberately make lines of particular lengths, densities, and thicknesses.