The Lost Art of Comping

The pencil is still the designer’s best friend. This collection of instructive pencil sketches for book covers and jackets reveals just how important precision was the to the designer of 1930 Germany. Through thumbnail sketches ideas are brought to the surface and then refined until the final. Aesthetic and style preferences aside, this lesson in craft is as important today as it was before the computer.

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  3. Mindy A

    Sketches are the most valuable tool to start off on any project… big or small. It allows you to jog down all the thoughts and ideas onto paper quickly. It’s unfortunate that I see some graphic designers not utilizing this and jump right to it on the computer.

  4. Colin McMillan

    The process of thumbnails had been ground into my class all through school but its sad how quickly it disappeared once I got out into the “real world”.
    Thank you, Steven, for reminding us about this important technique for any designer.

  5. David Atkinson

    Yes…important…. but why? Because thinking with a pencil draws upon the nervous system, our reflexes. preception, and therefore character and personality. It requires abstraction and interpretation from 3D to 2D, and uses the hand as an extension of the brain. There is nothing to compare !
    The computer offers infinite choices, drawing makes us deal with who we are. 

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