Drawing shortcuts

developing quick drawing skills using today's technology

251 pages

English language

Published Nov. 24, 2010 by John Wiley & Sons.

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5 stars (1 review)

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 …

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Becoming an efficient Artist

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Drawing and painting is one of those things I'd like to get better at, if only I could find the time for it next to my other hobby projects.

Nevertheless, I enjoy good how-to books on art, and this is one of the most inspiring. It is written from the perspective of people who have to develop concept art for architecture, and in that field, it is not only important to draw well, but to draw fast. Hence, "Drawing Shortcuts" - and the book delivers.

The book describes all sorts of speedy ways of painting architecture and how to enliven them with scenery. While the focus is on real world architecture designs, many of these approaches should also work for fantastic and science fiction buildings. From using photos as reference images to draw over up to using simple 3D models, these suggestions make it fairly easy to get architecture …


  • Drawing -- Technique
  • Digital art -- Technique