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Published in 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., this updated and expanded book not only incorporates changes to design tools and technologies,but reflects the generous feedback and recommendations from students, teachers and design professional who have adopted the “how to draw” concepts presented in Drawing Shortcuts. This second edition of Jim’s highly successful publication has improved upon his first book.

  1. Expanded variety of drawing examples with a complete mix of design projects. The 250 pages include more than 550 full color images.

  2. A greater emphasis on traditional drawing tools, materials, composition, and perspective.

  3. Detailed instructions for integrating SketchUp models into your visualization process.

  4. How to integrate graphics software such as Photoshop and digital photography.


Sixty heartwarming, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking fictional stories about how America responded to the events of 1918, written and illustrated by Jim Leggitt between March 18, 2020 and May 17, 2020 during his 60 day stay-at-home restrictions from the Covid-19 Pandemic. While in quarantine, Leggitt created new stories every day and posted them on social media covering topics such as the deadly Spanish Influenza, World War One, Women's Suffrage, heroism, volunteerism, women in the workforce, politics, prohibition, sports, food shortages, love, and sorrow. His remarkable drawings and short stories about that harrowing year capture the spirit of American patriotism and how people 100 years ago worked together to build a stronger, smarter and more secure nation.




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and a new fine arts section. 

Architect, urban planner, illustrator, educator and author, Jim Leggitt, FAIA has been practicing for over forty years in Denver, Colorado. Principal of LEGGITT STUDIO LLC, Jim focuses on community planning, placemaking and design visualization. Jim has participated in numerous planning projects, generating hybrid sketches that reflect context, character and excitement that comes with urban redevelopment. Leggitt authored DRAWING SHORTCUTS: Developing Quick Drawing Skills Using Today’s Technology published in 2002 by John Wiley and Sons.n DRAWING SHORTCUTS Second Edition was published in 2010 and features his hybrid methods of design visualization that integrate traditional hand drawing techniques with digital imaging. His books have been adopted by more than 50 universities and published in numerous languages. Jim’s popular Blog articles about design visualization have been viewed by more than 750,000 individuals.

Leggitt is a Fellow with the American Institute of Architects and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. He lectures about Design Visualization and teaches drawing courses throughout the country and Canada to design professionals and students.

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