Synopses & Reviews
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.
A pro shows how to draw trains of every kind, with illustrations and guidance on choosing tools and rendering perspective, proportion, color, and light.
About the Author
Mitch Markovitz is a professional illustrator and fine artist best known for his “Just Around the Corner” series of posters depicting the South Shore Line in northwest Indiana. He is also known for his series of paintings from the “Postcards from My 10-Year Vacation” 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.
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