Good artist reference/ inspiration book to flip through. It's nice how there is a little insightful piece for each artist- they describe what inspires them, or what materials they use, or who they are influenced by. Definitely not an instructional book, but provides some really good inspiration when you are sketching. Decent printing and cover quality as well (something that I am finding less and less of with all manner of books lately) This is a thick softcover book- a reinforced and coated cover that hopefully
For those who love sketchbooks, you'll be treated to another 320-page volume of beautiful sketches from top artists around the world. I really enjoyed the earlier book and I'm thrilled to have another thick compilation of sketches.
The layout is nice. There's a very sketchbook feel with textured line borders, handwritten headings, the many sketches wonderfully reproduced, many printed to the edge.
The artists featured appear alphabetically. They talk about their love for sketching, inspiration and ideas, the materials they use, and their sketching techniques. Every sketch also comes with a short caption. This is an insightful and inspiring book, one that you will want to leave close to you on the table or shelf.
This volume focuses on fantasy. There are many character designs, mostly human based, but occasionally there are those walkers like orcs, skeletons or anthropomorphic characters. There are only a few fantasy environment sketches.
The art is fantastic. Sketching tools are usually pen and pencils, and you'll get to see how these artists use theirs to draw such beautiful drawings. Some are so refined, especially the pencil drawings, that I would consider them as finished art rather than just a sketch. Overall, it's really great to see the imaginative and creative product of these artists.
I really wish 3dtotal Publishing would come up with more of these sketchbook volumes, perhaps for creature design, environment, sci-fi, comics. It would be a blast if that happens!
Definitely highly recommended. Fantastic value for money.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)