Each week, I share some of the books and other resources I have found inspiring in my investigation into 3D design for 3D printing. The full list lives here on the pinboard “3D Design to 3D Print Inspirations” and each #3DThursday I share about those that I most highly recommend.
As I began hunting through my references for a good book to bridge from architecture to product and industrial design, I grabbed, as do many people passionate about both drawings and design, a classic book by Francis DK Ching (known by most of his fans as “Frank Ching”) on Design Drawing. This book is invaluable to those looking to draw buildings, objects, and environments as a means of understanding them better. While it is a staple for building techniques for those first training in architecture, it has a very wide audience of beloved fans even beyond that field. If you have any questions why, check out either of the two videos below — the “Build A Drawing” video (link) or the popular video of Frank giving a spontaneous drawing lesson. As much a master class in observation and understanding how to collect and communicate objects in 2D space as what you need to learn to render three dimensional drawings effectively.
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