Begin­ner’s Guide to Sketch­ing: Char­ac­ters, Crea­tures and Con­cepts

You don’t have to be a begin­ner to learn much from this guide to the fun­da­men­tals of draw­ing

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fans of 3DTo­tal’s CG train­ing books have long been ask­ing for one fo­cus­ing on old-school graphite. Well, now that call has been an­swered.

In this 206-page book, 10 pro artists in­clud­ing Rov­ina Cai, Justin Ger­ard, Nick Har­ris and Re­beca Pue­bla, take you through the fun­da­men­tals, from ges­ture draw­ing and find­ing sim­ple shapes to mas­ter­ing line qual­ity and shad­ing. The cover doesn’t make it ob­vi­ous, but the book’s mainly geared to­wards the cre­ation of con­cept/ fan­tasy art – and that’s fine by us!

The artists ex­plain how and when to use dif­fer­ent sketch­ing ma­te­ri­als; share top tips; show you how to draw ev­ery­thing from hands to an alien slave; and set prac­ti­cal ex­er­cises. There are also mas­ter projects that show how it all gets put to­gether - how to progress from early con­cepts, through poses, de­signs and cos­tume el­e­ments, to a com­pleted scene.

De­spite the ti­tle, novices might find much of this too chal­leng­ing. Yet artists rang­ing from stu­dents right up to ad­vanced level should find much of value here, both in terms of re­fresh­ing your core art skills and rais­ing your fan­tasy con­cept art to the next level.

Editor Jess Ser­jent-Tip­ping

Pub­lisher 3D To­tal

Price £24

Web www.3dto­talpub­lish­ing.com

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