Sketch­ing from the imag­i­na­tion: Sci-fi

Dis­cover if this themed col­lec­tion of sketches and con­cepts from tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal artists is worth dip­ping into…

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Reviews - Editor Marisa Lewis Pub­lisher 3DTo­tal Pub­lish­ing Price £18 Web www.3dto­talpub­lish­ing.com Avail­able Now

Weigh­ing in at a healthy 300plus pages, com­pil­ing scans from 50 pro artists’ sketch­books, off­set by per­sonal and tech­ni­cal in­sights rang­ing from sketch­book the­ory through to pre­ferred ma­te­rial types, this book is packed.

Through our own Sketch­books pages you’ll recog­nise sev­eral of the artists, and via our fea­tures you’ll al­ready be in­formed on the virtues of main­tain­ing a sketch­book, and herein lies a few of our nig­gles…

Af­ter the first ten or so artists ex­plain why it’s im­por­tant to sketch, or what they get from the process, the point has been made well and truly, leav­ing the reader want­ing more ex­pla­na­tion about the fea­tured sketches – which un­for­tu­nately is of­ten side­lined to short cap­tions.

Sure, the lay­out and smaller for­mat feels prac­ti­cal, but some­times it re­sults in things feel­ing too cramped, leav­ing us want­ing a larger page size. The al­pha­bet­i­cal struc­ture (and nav­i­ga­tion) seems un­nec­es­sary; break­ing from it would equate to a less-reg­i­mented ap­proach and help vary the book’s pac­ing, which of­ten feels repet­i­tive. Yet we’re will­ing to over­look these points con­sid­er­ing the great value for money on of­fer here.

Niko­lay Georgiev, in keep­ing with the book’s sci-fi theme, dis­plays his col­lec­tion of mech sketches.

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