Sketching from the imagination: Sci-fi
Discover if this themed collection of sketches and concepts from traditional and digital artists is worth dipping into…
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.