Competition: five copies of Sketching,
the Basics to be won


Sketching the Basics

Competition: we’ve teamed up with BIS Publishers to give away five copies of Sketching, the Basics by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur.

Sketching the Basics

The 184-page hardback book explains basic sketching techniques and the decisions to be made in detail with step-by-step examples.

Sketching the Basics

It's intended as a prequel to Eissen and Steur's earlier book Sketching and starts right from the beginning with a blank sheet of paper or screen.

Sketching the Basics

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Sketching the Basics

Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter and at the bottom of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

Sketching the Basics

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Here are some more details from BIS Publishers:

Sketching, The Basics

This is the long awaited successor to the international besteller Sketching by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur. Sketching sold over 70.000 copies to date and has many fans, among whom design guru Colani who dubbed it: "The best sketching book I have ever seen."

Sketching the Basics

The new book explains the basic sketching techniques and decisions more in depth and provides much more step-by-step example drawings, which makes it even more suitable for students and professionals who want to become better sketchers.

Sketching the Basics

Sketching The Basics can be seen as the prequel to Sketching as it is more targeted at the novice designer. The Basics explains the essential techniques and effects more in detail, taking the reader by the hand and guiding him step by step through all the various aspects of drawing that novice designers come up against.

Sketching the Basics
Sketching the Basics starts with the white sheet of paper or the empty screen and explains the rudiments of learning to draw both clearly and comprehensively, using step by step illustrations, examples and strategies. You will learn to use and master the different techniques and also how to apply sketches in the design process.

The authors believe in active observation and participation by the student. During the drawing process there are many moments when choices alter the outcome. Being aware of those moments and the variety of choices and opportunities makes your attitude more flexible and less rigid. Sketching the Basics helps you to sketch with an open mind. And an open mind is key to a good design process.

Sketching the Basics

Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur teach drawing techniques. Eissen is associate professor at Delft University of Technology, where he is responsible for the freehand and digital drawing classes at the Faculty of Industrial Design. Steur is an experienced drawing lecturer at university and art academy level who now specialises in design sketching workshops.

ISBN: 978-90-6369-253-7
Author: Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur
Design: Booreiland
Format: hardcover
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Pages: 184

Congratulations to the winners! Giovanni Bellinvia, Keith Pinkelman, Andriy Lytvynenko, Lisa Chan and Fiza Tariq all won copies of Sketching, the Basics.


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  • mzw

    books like this always remind me "how to draw an owl?"

  • Wonderful, wonderful sketches. Nothing can pare the human hand and mind, the creative duo. Technology just adds the finish to the analog brilliance.

  • WOW, love this book it give me new idea to do better sketches all my design start with a sketch.

  • Dale

    Me one pleasseeeee :)

  • I promise to read every day and look them in the bathroom

  • OKZ

    Just what I need!

  • rob