Observational Sketching

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Mariko Higaki

Learn to draw by sketching what surrounds you everyday. In Observational Sketching, author Mariko Higaki—an ISDA Gold Award–winning industrial designer based in Japan—teaches you how to practice and learn to sketch by using well-established observational techniques.

Perspective, proportion, lines, shapes, shading, and many other techniques can be learned through everyday practice and observation of the items you come in contact with everyday, from a backpack to your sunglasses. This book addresses how to approach sketching a range of shapes and materials and how to disassemble each object to accurately capture its unique design elements. Inspiration and examples from the author and other well-known artists accompany a variety of projects that you can try right away and skill-building projects that will strengthen your talent. Find within:

  • An introduction to observational sketching
  • The basic concepts and tools used in observational sketching
  • Observation techniques
  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating observational sketches of 20 common objects, from a alarm clock to a wooden stool 

Hone your artistic skills with this daily sketching practice. Whether you are an urban sketcher or an industrial designer, this books should be part of your reference collection.

PRICE: $18.99 / Can$25.99 / £14.99

MEDIUM: Drawing & Illustration

FORMAT: Paperback

ISBN: 9781631598883

SIZE: 8 in x 10in / 203.2mm x 254 mm

PUBLISHED: January 7, 2020

After graduating from the Faculty of Environmental Information of Keio University in 2007, Mariko Higaki joined Leading Edge Design, founded by design engineer Shunji Yamanaka, where she was involved in projects related to industrial design, exhibitions, and education. She later studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, completing their Product Design course in 2015, and has worked as an independent product designer since 2016. Higakil has received many awards and recognitions, including the IDSA Gold Award and the Pentawards Bronze Award, and was a Top 20  International Finalist for the James Dyson Award. She is based in Los Angeles. To see more of her work, visit: http://marikoproduct.com/