Here is a review of the top books which I have found to be very useful in developing sketch techniques. They are mostly related to industrial design sketching and rendering however the skills shown can be transferred to other disciplines. 

Design Sketching by Erik Olofsson and Klara Sjolen (Keeos €29.95/£24.93/$34.05)

This book was recommended during my first year in Southampton Solent Uni, it came out around the time we started learning drawing skills. Initially it cost higher and was only available directly from the university in Sweden that produced it therefore we put in a few bulk order to reduce shipping etc. However, the book was well worth the money! It covers things such as perspective and rendering techniques including how to use markers to show materials through the various methods.

 

Learning Curves by Klara Sjolen and Allan Macdonald (Keeos €39.95/£33.26/$54.95)

This is the sequel book to the Design Sketching book above. Within it the ideas presented in the previous version are taken to a higher level and refined into teaching you how to produce professional level visuals. Well worth getting both books!

 

Sketching: The Basics by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur (Amazon €27.39/£22.80/$29.70)

As the name suggests this book is aimed at the beginner, and ideal book for anyone wanting to start design sketching. It covers basic techniques like geometry and perspective and includes handy little case studies to show how the techniques are used.

 

Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur (Amazon €27.39/£22.80/$31.15)

Unlike the previous book this one focuses on higher end descriptive visuals. I found this book very useful when I was learning as it explains the techniques very well. It also covers a vast range of techniques so is useful for all no matter what sector you are in. I would highly recommend this book!

 

Drawing for Designers by Alan Pipes (Amazon €15.57/£12.96/$35.00)

I had to mention this one more as a motivational piece. The book teaches rudimentary techniques but its main selling point is the sketches from actual designers, proving you don’t need to be Rembrandt to be a designer, that the whole point of sketching is to communicate ideas.

 

Design Rendering Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Design Ideas by Dick Powell (Amazon €73.17/£60.91/$42.00)

The book teaches from the basics on how to use various tools to produce effective drawings. It is however a little outdated at this point using techniques such as airbrushing which nowadays are more commonly done in a digital manner. That being said there is no reason the methods can’t be brought utilised within the new mediums. A good aspect is it follows the process throughout and doesn’t just jump to finished pictures, this is a much more step by step approach and therefore easier to learn from.

 

Presentation Techniques by Dick Powell (Amazon €19.52/£16.25/£41.35)

This is a much more marker rendering orientated book. It also has lots of useful tips for automotive designers. And whilst like the previous book it is a little outdated the methodologies of sketching should, in my opinion, still be observed since it is a far quicker way of representing ideas for sharing.

 

Mechanika: How to Create Science Fiction Art by Doug Chiang (Amazon €12.10/£10.07/£15.63)

Whilst this book isn’t strictly a design sketching book I thought I’d include it because it does show a good methodology for thumb-nailing and then refining all using markers and fine-liners.

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