Marker Magic: The Rendering Problem Solver for Designers / Edition 1

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Marker Magic The Rendering Problem Solver for Designers McGarryMadsen Architects, interior designers, artists, and illustratorstake note—if you’ve ever found yourself searching forthat creative spark that could make your design presentations takeon a new life, or you need to draw a wood treatment, and youdon’t know how-Marker Magic has easy-to follow solutions forall of your design problems. The book uses the most popularmedium—markers—in combination with other media, anddevotes special attention to hard-to-draw subjects such as wood,stone, foliage, skies, carpet, chrome, tile, and fabrics. This isnot a book on principles, concepts, or theory, but a hands-onmanual that presents real solutions to everyday design problems.With Marker Magic as your desk-side reference you’ll be ableto improve the quality and the presentation of your drawings rightaway as Richard McGarry and Greg Madsen show you:

  • tips, tricks, and shortcuts that will make your drawings standout
  • 40 mini-lessons, many with step-by-step demonstrations, ofsolutions to everyday rendering problems
  • specific color combinations for help in rendering hard-to-drawitems
  • profiles from top professionals with examples of their bestwork
McGarry and Madsen also provide suggestions on how to makerendering faster and easier. If you needed to give a presentationon short notice, or are looking for new techniques, or are stilllearning how to draw, Marker Magic contains all the easy-to-usesolutions for your rendering problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471284345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,380,269
  • Product dimensions: 8.95 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard McGarry and Greg Madsen are both partners in McGarry &Madsen, an architectural illustration and graphic design firmlocated in Miami Beach. Richard McGarry is the author of TracingFile for Interior and Architectural Illustration, which containsover 1,500 line drawings at different scales that cover theparticular problems of making renderings of interior settings. Heand Greg Madsen co-wrote Scale Elements for Design Elevations, thefirst guide to deal exclusively with architectural elevations,which presents over 1,700 copyright-free scale drawings.

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Table of Contents


What are the Advantages of Using Ink Line and Color Markers forDesign Presentations?

Which Manufacturer's Line of Color Markers is Best?

How Do Different Papers Affect the Working Qualities ofMarkers?

What Other Media Can I Use to Enhance My Marker Renderings?

It's Hard for Me to Lay Down an Even Area of Color in Markers: WhatShould I Do?

The Lighting Look Drab in My Renderings: How do I Make it Brightand Crisp?

How Can I Best Indicate People in My Sketch Renderings?

I Always Have Trouble Matching the Colors I've Selected for aRendering: What is the Best Way to Copy Color SampleSwatches?

Sometimes it Seems Like the More Color I Add to a Drawing, theWorse it Gets: What Am I Doing Wrong?

I Tend to Get Bogged Down in the Details of Laying Out aPerspective: How Can I Make it Less Confusing?

How do I render Round and Curved Surfaces?


How Can I Make the Sky Dramatically Complement the Buildings in MyRendering?

How Do I Create the Effect of Rich, Natural Wood in Furniture andInterior Paneling?

How Do I Keep My Brick Areas from Looking Monotonous?

How Do I Portray Granite and Marble?

What is the Best Way to Indicate a Mirror Reflection?

How Do I Render Transparent Objects?

What's an Easy System for Indicating Cars in a Rendering?

How Do I Portray Chrome, Brass, and Copper Convincingly?

What is the Best Way to Portray Glass?

What is the Best Way to Render Carpet Textures?

How Can I Show the Difference Between Matte and GlossySurfaces?

What's the Best Way to Depict Water?

My Drawings of People Look Like Flat, Cut-Out Boards: How Do I MakeThem Look More Dimensional?

What are Good Color Combinations for Rendered Site Plans?

How Do I Vary the Greens to Make My Foliage More Interesting?


Why Do Most Professional Renderers Keep a "Clip File"?

I Want My Renderings to Be "Loose": How Can I Keep Them FromLooking Stiff and Mechanical?

Although I Draw the Buildings Accurately in my Renderings, TheyNever Seem as Exciting as I Want Them to Be: How Can I Make ThemMore Dramatic?

I've Just Finished Developing a Design: But Now the Client hasMoved Our Meeting Up to This Afternoon, and I Need to Do aPerspective Sketch Fast: Help!

How Can I Check My Finished Rendering for Errors and Areas ThatNeed Improvement?

How Do I "Jazz Up" My Elevations to Use Them for a DesignPresentation?

What Can I Do to Develop a Personal Rendering Style?

I Have Difficulty Visualizing What I Want to Draw: AnySuggestions?

My Building Design Seems to Blend in With Everything Else in thePicture: How Can I Make it Stand Out Clearly?

How Can I Keep My Grays From Turning Muddy and Boring?

Sometimes My Background Seems to Jump Forward in the Picture: WhatShould I Do to Make it Recede?

My Design Sketches of Furniture Seem to Float on the Paper: How CanI Make Them More Interesting?

What Can I Do to Improve the Presentation of My Renderings?

I Usually Don't Have Time for a Professional Photographer to ShootMy Renderings Before They are Delivered to the Client: Is itPossible to Take Quality Photos Myself Without a Lot of ExpensiveEquipment?


Further Reading.

Gray Scale Strips.

Illustrators and Designers Featured in This Book.


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