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Sketching from the Imagination [Paperback]

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5 Nov 2013 Sketching from the Imagination
Concepts are where all great ideas begin. Whether scribbled in a sketch pad or on a napkin, concepts are a way for artists to develop their skills and discover interesting shapes and forms that can be developed into their next masterpiece. In Sketching from the Imagination, 50 talented traditional and digital artists have been chosen to share their sketchbook works, from doodled concept sketches to fully rendered drawings. A visually stunning collection packed full with useful tips, Sketching from the Imagination is an excellent value resource for concept design to inspire artists of all abilities.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909414026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909414020
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An inspiring and informative look into the minds and behind the scenes of this highly skilled group of artist as they break down what it takes to bring their amazing visions to life. It is the kind of book you can go through again and again, learning something new each time." (Brom, Artist) "Sketching from the Imagination is a charming insight into the sketchbooks of a fascinating group of Artists. This collection provides plenty of inspiration for anyone with a passion for art, the book is filled with drawings ranging from quirky doodles to beautifully rendered sketches. It's a feast for the eyes." (Charlie Bowater, Illustrator & Atomhawk Concept Artist) "It's an inspiring book for those who like art, and of course sketchbooks, and probably will get you inspired to start sketching. Very inspirational, no doubt. Most highly recommended." (Parka Blogs) "What a fantastic book: every page is alive with energy and imagination. I really felt as though the featured artists had granted me special permission to peer inside their heads at the creative process. It's exhilarating to see ideas in such a raw form. Very personal, extremely beautiful and completely inspiring." (Matt Dixon, Freelance Illustrator)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thick volume of wonderful sketches 1 Nov 2013
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Length: 2:21 Mins
Sketching from the Imagination is a wonderful 320-page paperback collection of sketches from 50 artists. It's always a delight to look through other people sketches, especially the good ones, and there are plenty to see in this thick volume.

The sketches compiled are all drawn from imagination. There are scenes of fantasy, character and creature designs, some location art, sometimes whimsical drawings, loose sketches, detailed sketches, and other amazing line drawings. Majority I would say are still character and creature art. Most of the stuff in the book are good enough as concept art, actually in a sense they all are.

I like checking out the different styles and techniques. There are the cartoony stuff, superhero comics style, amazing pencil and pen hatching, shading, use of black, drawing on toned paper and more. Some you can see are done quickly and loose. Some are very elaborate with detailed designs and shading.

The artists are featured alphabetically. Each has around 6 pages of coverage with a brief commentary on why they sketch and their inspiration. It's not really an instructional book, more for sparks of inspiration. All the sketches also come with brief captions.

I collect a lot of sketchbooks, and I really enjoyed looking through this one.

It's an inspiring book for those who like art, and of course sketchbooks, and probably will get you inspired to start sketching.

If you like this sketchbook, check out some of the other sketchbooks mentioned in my comment section below.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Archive 29 Oct 2013
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This is a fantastic book to dip in and out of and to get inspiration from with summary from the artists about their work and thought processes. I have it amongst other compilation books that I visit regularly and would recommend this to those studying drawing and illustration of some kind as it a handy motivational tool when you're feeling mentally disengaged from drawing. The only criticism would be that some of the images have been blown up too large and aren't as crisp as most of the sketches in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of artists 19 Jun 2014
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Just got this the other day, fantastic collection of so many artists sketches. Yes it isnt pages and pages of each artist but they are all stunning. Ideal if you want to see how other people get their ideas down on paper, or just want a resource to browse and then go looking else where for further work by the artists that you like the most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 24 Dec 2013
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Really inspirational work in this book. Although some work goes far beyond what I would call a sketch, and more into what is a finished piece of artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 May 2014
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I've always loved sketches, even more than finished pieces.

And this book doesn't disappoint.

Some of the nicest sketches I've ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning inspiration. 24 April 2014
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A beautiful book. I keep going back to it and seeing new things each time. So many different styles too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of inspiration 30 Mar 2014
I have found this book to be very useful as it is full of quality art work. I particularly like the wide range of styles and it serves as a great source of inspiration. The layout is fantastic, very informative and has a good choice in showcasing the different mediums used by the featured artists. The artists also write about their views and their approaches which I have enjoyed reading as it is interesting to delve into the minds of these talented artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3d total have done it again 24 Mar 2014
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This book is so inspiring I have left it out because each time I look through it I see a new idea forming, lots of different artists and their artistic backgrounds how they came up with their ideas etc
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