BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!
So I've been on a art book buying spree. Each month I've been giving myself a allowance to order art books for study purposes. Many of these books were recommended to me by other artists, so I cant take full credit for the below list. Although I did add in a few personal favs. ^^
Please note, each image is linked up to a URL on Amazon.com where you can purchase the book. I know Amazon is picky about what country can view the materials, if you see a url not working for you let me know and I'll give you the direct title of the book. I didn't put all the titles here just because it would get a bit wordy and I wanted a cleaner format to present this information.
► Digital Painting Techniques
I personally love these series of books titled Digital Painting Techniques, Vol 1, 2 and 3 by 3D total. Hours of different painting techniques by various artists and styles. These books dont so much teach photoshop, although they do explain briefly how to achieve a certain effect. You should know how to use photoshop first before buying them to really get the full benefit. The last books on the end : Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop by Nykolai Aleksander, and Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner by Carlyn Beccia are more gear to the digital painter learning photoshop.
There's not many really good environment books out there... at least that I know of. Ones that show a variety of processes and techniques to building believable worlds. I did however like these books, it covers quite a lot of different styles. I guess just knowing basic perspective is what you really need to get started. ^^ I'm still looking to study more environments... so if you have any good recommendations, please share!
► Vehicle / Automotive / Spacecraft design
A series of books Edited by Scott Robertson and illustrated by various artists is a go to source of inspiration. Pages literately packed full of sketches and concepts. These books are relatively inexpensive.
► Studio Art Books
For me, studio Art Books are hit or miss. For the most part they are tailored to a wide audience for a high volume sale rather then artistic enthusiasts learning the trade. I like seeing the turn around models, the "what could have been" character designs, and the dropped concepts that didn't making it in the X movie or game. For me I get more value out of seeing the process, then just happy screen shots that are just a collection of mass marketed images.
► Anatomy Study Books
Study study study, and then study some more! The reasons why these books are on my list should go with out saying. You can never get enough anatomy. Its like having a good dose of fiber in your diet! You'll poop out glorious works of art regularly! yep... I went there.
► "Good stuff to also know" Study Books
I personally dont own these books, they are currently on my wishlist. So I can't really say much about them other then what was suggested! Anyone wants to elaborate in the comments feel free too!
Have a book recommendation I dont have here? I'm always looking for new books! ^^ Sharing is caring! I'd like to keep this journal as a growing list to refer to.
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