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Playing with sketches : 50 creative exercises for designers and artists

Author: Whitney Sherman
Publisher: Beverly, MA : Rockport Publishers, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing is the backbone of art and design; with all of the tantalizing wonders of the digital world, the best designers, illustrators and artists know that it's good to step back occasionally and hit the refresh button on your hand and mind. Playing with Sketches is a hands-on, fun approach to exploring drawing principles. Beginning with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Whitney Sherman
ISBN: 9781592538614 1592538614
OCLC Number: 827258287
Description: 191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Anatomy of your tools --
Drawing calisthenics: 50 exercises. --
1. Back to basics / materials, shapes, and patterns. Parallel lines --
Random textures --
Frottage (Rubbings) --
Dry brush --
Fumage (Smoke drawing) --
Étrécissement (Reductive drawing with erasure) --
Étrécissement (Reductive drawing with paper) --
Collage (Additive drawing) --
Entropic graphomania --
Tracings --
Doodling and mini drawings --
Sticky notes quilt --
Make a pattern --
2. Applying the basics / materials, shapes, and patterns. Make some marks --
Bundled tools --
Found objects --
Nondominant hand --
Character silhouettes --
Image harvesting ---
Draw on your walk home --
Collaborative patterning --
Cubomania --
Möbius strip drawing --
Draw a process --
Diagram an object --
3. Setting goals. Five-minute drawings --
One, day, one theme --
Map your day --
Cultivating your culture --
100 monsters --
365 days of drawings --
4. Conceptual basics / words and letters. Construct/deconstruct (Letter) --
Blind drawing (Word) --
Channeling Matisse (Text) --
5. Conceptual applications / words and letters. Digital collage (Letter/Word/Text) --
Letter as object --
Word chain --
Word stacks --
Ludicrous lists --
Everyday lists --
Dream résumé --
6. Sketchbooks/ Challenge yourself and collaborating with others. Sketch share --
Collaborative sketchbook --
Used book sketchbook --
Alphabet-a-week sketchbook --
Nature's alphabet --
Sketching covers --
Sketching from the masters --
Sketching from film --
Giving back.
Responsibility: Whitney Sherman.

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"Drawing is the backbone of art and design; with all of the tantalizing wonders of the digital world, the best designers, illustrators and artists know that it's good to step back occasionally and hit the refresh button on your hand and mind. Playing with Sketches is a hands-on, fun approach to exploring drawing principles. Beginning with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play, this book brings you through a series of basic warm-up exercises that can be combined with later projects. Then you'll move quickly on to more challenging and engaging exercises, including word games, dimensional shapes, and inventive sketchbooks and letterforms, eventually creating a "toolkit" of ideas and skills developed through the process of play. This book features creative, adaptable ideas, and numerous examples of designers and artists responses to each exercise, giving you a peek into their way of thinking and seeing. With over 25 contributors, from high-profile designers, illustrators and artists to talented graduate students, you see work that will walk you step-by-step through a process or inspire by example. The book provides meaningful outcomes for your practice, including building an image archive, being exposed to new ways to use media and tools, inspiring you to break the rules, to collaborate, and much more! "--

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