Should we write a book?

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It’s been discussed, and discussed . . . Should we write a book? Would anyone be interested or want to buy it? What would you want to see in it? Should it be one or a series? How about a book with a DVD included? So. . . . The question of the day is (drum roll please)

Would you buy an idsketching.com book?

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Let us know why or why not in the comments below. We’d love to know what you think.

As of right now, we have mixed feelings about it, but if we get enough positive replies, we just might do it after all . . .

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  • abdul nasser

    Hi,
    I you make book, we are interested to publish it.

  • abdul nasser

    Hi,
    I you make book, we are interested to publish it.

  • MeMarco

    I love sketching books. My idea which I want to give you is to make a vote about what should be in this book.
    Categories like How to…, diverent programms (illustrator, Photoshop, Coral Painter) pro and cons could be intressting, Build your own style of sketching (not such a standart stuff). We need some more creative sketchers, not only mass produced same looking Copiers. … and more and more

  • MeMarco

    I love sketching books. My idea which I want to give you is to make a vote about what should be in this book.
    Categories like How to…, diverent programms (illustrator, Photoshop, Coral Painter) pro and cons could be intressting, Build your own style of sketching (not such a standart stuff). We need some more creative sketchers, not only mass produced same looking Copiers. … and more and more

  • http://www.jay-langdon.com jay langdon

    Great idea! Nothing like have a good paper resource at your finger tips. Just try to add step by step sketching as I find this the most useful way of seeing how the images are constructed. I enjoy looking at final renders but trying to deconstruct these in a teaching resource does not make much sense to me. Also the subject matter should be interesting to get you to want to draw it as well as tips on drawing tools such as paper, pencils, pens, which for what kind of drawings etc. One last point is that you should involve digital as well as analogue and if switching between the two, add these steps. I know it maybe a personal preference thing but as a student you want to know as many methods as you can to see which may work best for you. Lots of explanation but not too text heavy. Maybe in paperback not hard cover as I find I am too precious with hard cover and with a sketching resource I would like to bend the book around a bit to trace sketches for practice and so forth. Cheers and good luck.

  • http://www.jay-langdon.com jay langdon

    Great idea! Nothing like have a good paper resource at your finger tips. Just try to add step by step sketching as I find this the most useful way of seeing how the images are constructed. I enjoy looking at final renders but trying to deconstruct these in a teaching resource does not make much sense to me. Also the subject matter should be interesting to get you to want to draw it as well as tips on drawing tools such as paper, pencils, pens, which for what kind of drawings etc. One last point is that you should involve digital as well as analogue and if switching between the two, add these steps. I know it maybe a personal preference thing but as a student you want to know as many methods as you can to see which may work best for you. Lots of explanation but not too text heavy. Maybe in paperback not hard cover as I find I am too precious with hard cover and with a sketching resource I would like to bend the book around a bit to trace sketches for practice and so forth. Cheers and good luck.

  • http://www.sketching.nl/index.html aelwin

    Hi Guys!

    You make great stuff, and if you make a book, it will definitely be awesome! Though I would like to ask if you have seen the great book “Sketching” from the Netherlands by Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur? It’s a the best book on sketching so far. So if you are still going for it, be different/better or join them!

    http://www.sketching.nl/ (check out the previews!)

    Keep it up, happy to read and see stuff from you every day!

    Greetings from the Flatland,

    aelwin

  • http://www.sketching.nl/index.html aelwin

    Hi Guys!

    You make great stuff, and if you make a book, it will definitely be awesome! Though I would like to ask if you have seen the great book “Sketching” from the Netherlands by Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur? It’s a the best book on sketching so far. So if you are still going for it, be different/better or join them!

    http://www.sketching.nl/ (check out the previews!)

    Keep it up, happy to read and see stuff from you every day!

    Greetings from the Flatland,

    aelwin

  • http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?job_seeker_id=247052&t=&keywords=lipscomb&&page_no=&c=1 halocooter

    please publish a sketching book! i also enjoy the sketching book by Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur but i think you might make a better one. plus! in this case more is better, there are so few good ID sketching books out there! thanks!

  • http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?job_seeker_id=247052&t=&keywords=lipscomb&&page_no=&c=1 halocooter

    please publish a sketching book! i also enjoy the sketching book by Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur but i think you might make a better one. plus! in this case more is better, there are so few good ID sketching books out there! thanks!

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  • Christine

    This will probably sound kind of cheesy, but I’ll throw the idea out there for fun: How about a “rendering book” (similar to a children’s coloring book). Just a thick book of black and white sketches on marker paper, so design students can practice their rendering skills. Maybe even repeat the same images four or five times so they can try again or render using different colors.

    Just a thought.

  • Christine

    This will probably sound kind of cheesy, but I’ll throw the idea out there for fun: How about a “rendering book” (similar to a children’s coloring book). Just a thick book of black and white sketches on marker paper, so design students can practice their rendering skills. Maybe even repeat the same images four or five times so they can try again or render using different colors.

    Just a thought.

  • Artur

    Yes.
    But include a DVD inside.

    GnomonDVDs lack ‘ just pick it up and look through’/'quick reference’ aspect.
    Sketching books lack ‘live demo’/'extras’ aspects.

    Do both and win :)

  • Artur

    Yes.
    But include a DVD inside.

    GnomonDVDs lack ‘ just pick it up and look through’/'quick reference’ aspect.
    Sketching books lack ‘live demo’/'extras’ aspects.

    Do both and win :)

  • heather

    YES! that way I can stop using interior or architectural rendering books for reference! I can use an ID one…which is what I need! everyone needs!

  • heather

    YES! that way I can stop using interior or architectural rendering books for reference! I can use an ID one…which is what I need! everyone needs!

  • http://www.roosbros.com Benz

    Yes! write a book and include a DVD, I liked the book Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur a lot. So i think your book could be very interesting and inspiring especially with a DVD. I’ll buy one!

    cheers

    • jan

      Course you should write a book.
      Would be a great source for design students out there!!
      And a DVD with tutorials would be great!

  • http://www.roosbros.com Benz

    Yes! write a book and include a DVD, I liked the book Koos Eissen & Roselien Steur a lot. So i think your book could be very interesting and inspiring especially with a DVD. I’ll buy one!

    cheers

    • jan

      Course you should write a book.
      Would be a great source for design students out there!!
      And a DVD with tutorials would be great!

  • http://www.chrisweber.de iroiro

    I love all sorts of sketching books. I wouldn’t expect a DVD to come with it, especially since it’s making the whole thing more expensive… But it would be supasweet if you’d put a link in the book where the buyer can download stuff. Can’t wait!

  • http://www.chrisweber.de iroiro

    I love all sorts of sketching books. I wouldn’t expect a DVD to come with it, especially since it’s making the whole thing more expensive… But it would be supasweet if you’d put a link in the book where the buyer can download stuff. Can’t wait!

  • http://www.waddydesign.com Paul

    I have a few books already, and they are quite good but I would say I have learnt much more from using this website with your brilliant videos and tutorials.

    Here is my idea..

    A DVD with tutorials in detail that describe ‘how to’ do different sketching techniques, even stuff in photoshop is very useful. You could maybe have a type of package which is a DVD with lots of useful tutorials on, and then a book beside it for reference of the dvd.

    Personally I would buy videos that really help me progress in sketching and as an ID sketcher. I can learn more from a video than a book. But thats just my personal opinion.

    You guys probably know what is out there already and what is missing. Maybe just a series, or 2 packages, one for beginners, and one for more advanced techniques.

  • http://www.waddydesign.com Paul

    I have a few books already, and they are quite good but I would say I have learnt much more from using this website with your brilliant videos and tutorials.

    Here is my idea..

    A DVD with tutorials in detail that describe ‘how to’ do different sketching techniques, even stuff in photoshop is very useful. You could maybe have a type of package which is a DVD with lots of useful tutorials on, and then a book beside it for reference of the dvd.

    Personally I would buy videos that really help me progress in sketching and as an ID sketcher. I can learn more from a video than a book. But thats just my personal opinion.

    You guys probably know what is out there already and what is missing. Maybe just a series, or 2 packages, one for beginners, and one for more advanced techniques.

  • masho

    I would buy it with the DVD included, cause the information is useful and if i will not have opportunity to reach the computer, i will always have a chance to read the book and learn something new :) anywhere i want and anytime i would like to…

  • masho

    I would buy it with the DVD included, cause the information is useful and if i will not have opportunity to reach the computer, i will always have a chance to read the book and learn something new :) anywhere i want and anytime i would like to…

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    Could you please translate your site into German because I’m not that comfortable reading it in English? I’m getting tired of using Google Translate all the time, there is a cool WordPress plugin called like global translator which will render all your pages automatically- this will make reading posts on your great blog even more cosy. Cheers mate, Article Writing!

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    Could you please translate your site into German because I’m not that comfortable reading it in English? I’m getting tired of using Google Translate all the time, there is a cool WordPress plugin called like global translator which will render all your pages automatically- this will make reading posts on your great blog even more cosy. Cheers mate, Article Writing!

  • beatn1k

    I’d buy it in a second, but as what Timck mentioned, make sure it’s better than the Design Sketching book. It’s a cool ref and introduction to things, but I’d be looking for more advanced perspective techniques. Also, perhaps a few pages on material indication such as glossy black acrylic and what not. I would also be down to buy a book of just solid sketch work from you guys. I have the feeling most people on this site are pretty damn good as is, and could probably divine new knowledge just through picking apart awesome robot sketches or some such thing (yes…please include awesome robots…how could you not?)

  • beatn1k

    I’d buy it in a second, but as what Timck mentioned, make sure it’s better than the Design Sketching book. It’s a cool ref and introduction to things, but I’d be looking for more advanced perspective techniques. Also, perhaps a few pages on material indication such as glossy black acrylic and what not. I would also be down to buy a book of just solid sketch work from you guys. I have the feeling most people on this site are pretty damn good as is, and could probably divine new knowledge just through picking apart awesome robot sketches or some such thing (yes…please include awesome robots…how could you not?)

  • Sunny Jaswal

    YES! But make it a book that shows the progression of a sketch without it being in a dvd format, basically showing how sketches are constructed, defined, and rendered. I would buy a book like that in a heartbeat! Thanks.

    -Sunny

  • Sunny Jaswal

    YES! But make it a book that shows the progression of a sketch without it being in a dvd format, basically showing how sketches are constructed, defined, and rendered. I would buy a book like that in a heartbeat! Thanks.

    -Sunny

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  • jan

    Course you should write a book!!
    It would be a great source for design student out there :)
    And a DVD with full video tutorials on sketching, different styles of renderings, and Wacom/ Photoshop stuff will be great!!
    thanks

  • jan

    Course you should write a book!!
    It would be a great source for design student out there :)
    And a DVD with full video tutorials on sketching, different styles of renderings, and Wacom/ Photoshop stuff will be great!!
    thanks

  • bluefly

    There are not enough books out there on this type of sketching. Presentation and products ideation. Just looking at others sketching improves our own and sparks ideas. All the books I have found in the USA are old, not that old is not good, but the supplies used are extinct. Definitely include an instructional DVD. We have all seen the sketches of cars which are great but it would be nice to see other items as well. It would also be nice to see a few projects through ideation to finished rendering and even model / product. This would help beginning students and give a refresher to us old dogs on what’s new and innovating.
    A while back, I saw this program on tv where design students competed against each other on the same project. It was great to see the ideas bouncing around with the different sketches of participants. We really need more books, behind the scene on movies are great but few and far between and very futuristic like Star Trek.

    Anyway, we really do need more books out there. (Movie production hasn’t supplied some great “behind the

  • bluefly

    There are not enough books out there on this type of sketching. Presentation and products ideation. Just looking at others sketching improves our own and sparks ideas. All the books I have found in the USA are old, not that old is not good, but the supplies used are extinct. Definitely include an instructional DVD. We have all seen the sketches of cars which are great but it would be nice to see other items as well. It would also be nice to see a few projects through ideation to finished rendering and even model / product. This would help beginning students and give a refresher to us old dogs on what’s new and innovating.
    A while back, I saw this program on tv where design students competed against each other on the same project. It was great to see the ideas bouncing around with the different sketches of participants. We really need more books, behind the scene on movies are great but few and far between and very futuristic like Star Trek.

    Anyway, we really do need more books out there. (Movie production hasn’t supplied some great “behind the

  • NCSU-ID

    Absolutely! I agree with some of the other posters–there are not enough books out there specifically on ID sketching. It would be great to see a book that addressed ID sketching from the ground up, really placing emphasis on fundamentals–proper perspective drawing, construction lines, shading, etc.

  • Steevo

    Id buy it a thousand times over if i could, your material is the best around.

  • Adammortlock

    If the book was like an bigger version of the website with more indepth tutorials and higer quality pictures then I feel it would sell. I am currently studing design and learnng quite a lot of techniques and informatio through books so if a “idsketching.com” was made it would be added to my colection.
    Regards A J.

  • Graphicartist139

    Make the book and give me the first copy! Those skills gotta keep going to all! If I become a teacher, I wanna teach my students how to render! U guys are fabulous!

  • Aaron

    I think a book with a dvd would be great.

    Also, make it spiral bound or something so it doesn’t close itself and have step by step guides like Spencer’s rendering a cube tutorial.

    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/Designbloguk Tara Roskell

    Hi, I would definitely buy your book. I just found your blog today and its great. I would love to learn more about how to sketch product designs – my sketches are always very rough and noone but me understands them :) . The art of actually drawing seems to be getting lost – i know i generally turn to a 3D package after my first scribbles but would love to be able to create sketches to illustrate my ideas quickly. Keep up the good work.

  • Smithshiloh

    I would buy it because I would be able to have visual references with me always

  • Minimafia

    I am just starting sketching, and i want to go into industrial design. A book from this website I would most definatley buy. As long as there are many images in the book to go step by step. explaining everything. A DVD would b helpful but not neccesary for me.

  • Chadv

    YES! All the blog posts are very useful, and a beautiful copy you could hold in your hands on glossy paper would be eye-candy and a plethora of learning.
    Definitely do it.

  • Harry

    There are many design sketching books already on the market however I really like your approach and its much easier to follow.

    A DVD included is a fantastic idea but maybe have it relate to some of the sketches in the book? that way it would give a better understanding of how you got to the final result.

  • Akash

    the book from your site…..wow…it would be just amazing to have it….you guys are helping aspiring designers in so many ways….and then the book….its an awesome idea…just go for it…

  • L. Martin

    I think you should write a series of books with DVD instruction/samples. The series should progress from basic perspective concepts to specific art challenges. It should also include input from a variety of artists, with each artist offering any personal techniques or tricks to solve problems. Real life projects/job examples are useful. Of course, the challenge is making it relatively affordable…