Drawing and Rendering for Theatre: A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Drawing and Rendering for Theatre

A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers, 1st Edition

By Clare P. Rowe, Clare P. Rowe


284 pages

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Paperback: 9780240805542
pub: 2007-06-28
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Hardback: 9781138132528
pub: 2015-10-07

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As a theatrical designer, it is vital for you to be able to develop your drawing skills to create renderings that can effectively communicate your visual idea. Drawing and Rendering for Theatre starts with the fundamentals of drawing, moves to the types of media, and finishes with specific exercises in each section that will make you more proficient. By the end of this book, you will be versatile enough to be able to create renderings in all areas of theatrical design!

Drawing and Rendering will teach you:
.How to develop good drawing habits from the start
.About composition
.How to draw in one, two, and three point perspective
.About color
.Techniques for different types of media including colored pencils, pastels, watercolor, and more
.How to draw digitally

This gorgeous full-color book is loaded with color examples of both student drawings that are analyzed and critiqued for areas that need improvement, and design renderings by professional theatrical designers.


This is a one-of-a-kind book and I am delighted to be able to use it.

D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr.
Professor and Designer
Department of Theatre & Dance
Ohio Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

1. The Benchmark Drawing
2. The Sketchbook
3. Composition and Elements of Design
4. Perspective
5. Three-Dimensional Modeling
6. Figure Drawing
7. Drawing Exercises
8. Introduction to Color
9. Colored Pencil
10. Marker
11. Pastels
12. Watercolor
13. Gouache
14. Mixed Media
15. Designer Renderings
16. Digital Drawing
17-23. Digital Drawing Exercises

About the Authors

Clare Rowe is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts. She teaches scenic painting, theatre graphics and scene design and supervises scenic production in properties and paint for all department productions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General