Color Drawing_ Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers.
The purpose of this book is to provide an approach to drawing in color during the early phases of your design process. As you become familiar with this approach, you will find your ability to draw in color considerably expanded, and, as a result, you will be able to create your design studies more quickly and effectively. You will also find yourself selecting—and inventing—favorite ways of drawing in color. This is as it should be, as there is no one correct approach to creating these drawings. Rather, you will find that your approach keeps changing and adjusting, depending on the design communication task before you. Use the approach—or combination of approaches—that works best for each situation. A significant amount of new material on digital techniques has been added to this new edition, and the presentation of this material presumes the reader has a working knowledge of Photoshop. You may choose to incorporate some or all of these techniques into your approach to a color drawing. Or you may choose not to use any of them. The utility of Color Drawing, third edition, does not depend on your understanding or use of digital drawing techniques.
Most of the step-by-step drawings in the book are in perspective but begin with a completed line drawing. However, be assured that no amount of skill with color can help a drawing that has a poorly drawn underlying structure or one that demonstrates a lack of understanding of light, shade, and shadow. Perspective and shade and shadow are the universal language of design picture making. They form the link between you and those to whom you wish to communicate your conceptual ideas about form, space, and, ultimately, place. In order to help you review and recall the basic elements of design drawing, summary sheets on perspective, line quality, shade and shadow, and illumination have been added to the opening chapter.
If you are new to color design drawing, start at the beginning of the book, because it is organized in a way that builds skills one step at a time, with each succeeding chapter predicated on information supplied by those previous to it. On the other hand, if you are more familiar with this kind of drawing, you may wish to use the book more like a handbook, accessing materials, methods, and techniques as needed.