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Freehand Drawing and Discovery


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Foreword by Francis D.K. Ching x Preface xiii Acknowledgments xvii Part 1: Learning a Language Chapter 1: The Freehand Renaissance 2 Influences 8 Art and Technology 12 Reintegrating Work and Play 16 Drawing and Discovery with Michael Vergason 20 Chapter 2: Nine Keys to Exploratory Drawing 24 Simplify Tools 27 Simplify Message 29 Work Small 31 Simplify Technique 32 Attack the Drawing 36 Draw People First 39 Pull It Together with Darks 43 Leave It Loose 44 Annotate Everything 45 Drawing and Discovery with Kevin Sloan 46 Chapter 3: Elements and Entourage 50 People 52 Vehicles 55 Trees, Shrubs, Groundcovers 58 Rock and Landforms 62 Water 69 Furnishings 72 Sky 76 Buildings 83 Drawing and Discovery with Christine Ten Eyck 92 Chapter 4: Creating Believable Worlds 98 Perspective: What You Really Need to Know 99 Creating Depth: Foreground, Middle Ground, Background 111 Building Up Color 115 Pulling It Together 119 Drawing and Discovery with Luis Ruiz 122 Part 2: Urban Sketching Chapter 5: Urban Sketching as Creative Fuel 130 Drawing and Discovery with Gabriel Campanario 140 Chapter 6: Capturing the Place 144 Tools 145 Subject Matter 147 Editing 150 To Color or Not to Color? 152 Working Fast 154 Drawing and Discovery with Liz Steel 162 Part 3: Concept Sketching Chapter 7: Capturing the Idea 170 Sketching over Digital Bases 173 Sketching over Aerial Photographs 173 Concepts and Character 192 Drawing and Discovery with Kim Perry 204 Chapter 8: Digital Sketching - Drawing Without Limits 208 The Vision 210 The Reality 213 Tablet Sketching Gallery 215 Drawing and Discovery with Robert Chipman, ASLA 232 Chapter 9: What's Next? 238 Practice 240 Collect 241 Copy 242 Keep the Well Filled 243 Drawing and Discovery with Bob Hopewell 254 Endnote 261 Index 263

About the Author

JAMES RICHARDS, FASLA, is cofounder and Principal of Townscape, Inc., an urban design consultancy, and an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture. He is a national award-winning designer, writer, and illustrator whose work spans landscape architecture, town planning, and urban design. Mr. Richards is a blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers (, an international drawing movement. He travels globally conducting drawing workshops for both students and professionals.

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