How To Draw and Paint Trains Like a Pro

How To Draw and Paint Trains Like a Pro


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How To Draw and Paint Trains Like a Pro by Mitch Markovitz

From the steam engines that defined America's Industrial Age to the streamlined masterpieces of the Art Deco era and the diesels rocketing through our modern days, trains have again and again tested the industrial designer's art. This book shows casual doodlers and serious rail artists alike how to capture the magic of these design icons with pencil and paper. In this new addition to the Motorbooks Studio series, renowned rail illustrator Mitch Markovitz explains the principles needed to draw steam, diesel, and electric locomotives and their trains. He describes the key components of the process—from choosing tools to rendering perspective and proportion, and effectively capturing color and light. Illustrated throughout with examples of the author's work, this book is the ultimate resource for railfans with an interest in rendering these behemoths of American industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760329276
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Series: Motorbooks Studio Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mitch Markovitz is a professional illustrator and fine artist best known for his \u201cJust Around the Corner\u201d series of posters depicting the South Shore Line in northwest Indiana. He is also known for his series of paintings from the \u201cPostcards from My 10-Year Vacation\u201d series in New York City. Mitch was the first painter to exhibit fine art at the New York City Transit Museum. He resides in Knox, Indiana.

Mike Schafer is long-time rail photographer and the author of several books on North American railroads and motive power. He resides in Lee, Illinois.

Table of Contents





Chapter One                A Quick History of Railroad Art and Illustration

Chapter Two                Inside Your Grip: Tools and Equipment

Chapter Three              Getting Started: Your Inspiration

Chapter Four                Perspective

Chapter Five                Ellipses and Axes

Chapter Six                  Proportion

Chapter Seven Sketching and Line Quality

Chapter Eight               Light Source

Chapter Nine                Terrain

Chapter Ten                 People

Chapter Eleven Bells and Whistles (and a Headlight)

Chapter Twelve            Making Color Work

Chapter Thirteen           Lettering

Chapter Fourteen         Working with Airbrushes

Chapter Fifteen A Painting in a Day

Chapter Sixteen            Markers and the Hind End


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