3dtotal's year in books

It’s been a great year for us at 3dtotal, we’ve been lucky to work with with some fantastic, talented artists to create more inspiring and educational books and we are very proud of what we’ve published this year. In case you missed them, here are our titles from 2018…

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The Sketchbook of Loish

The Sketchbook of Loish is the second published book by digital artist Loish (Lois van Baarle) after it was successfully funded on Kickstarter in four minutes! Showcasing a wide range of her traditional and digital sketches, this book features exclusive artwork, both old and new, by Loish, ranging from character sketches to environmental speed paints. Loish also offers insight and advice on key topics such as stylization and sketch development, making it a useful book for any artist looking for tips on approaching digital sketching as well as admirers of Loish’s work.

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Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts

Glimpse inside the sketchbooks of fifty accomplished artists from various fields as they share their inspiration, favorite tools, and techniques. Grisly beasts, morbid figures, foreboding compositions, and unearthly concepts line the pages of this darkly alluring volume. Observe hundreds of sketches and absorb the thought-provoking words and advice of illustrators, concept artists, and 3D artists alike. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, or just a lover of the dark arts, you’re sure to find something to inspire and intrigue.

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Still Just Kidding

Cassandra Calin’s ability to document the hilarity of relatable everyday events in a series of webcomics has made her a worldwide success and generated a huge following on social media. In Still Just Kidding, not only can you find a collection of her best-loved comics, illustrations, and lots of original content, but Cassandra also offers a unique insight behind the scenes – sharing how she went from drawing on her parents’ furniture, to drawing a character with bad hair and high expectations, who continues to go viral to this day.

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Creating Stylized Characters

Join professional illustrators, animators, and comic artists as they demonstrate how to exaggerate form and proportion in Creating Stylized Characters. Sharing in-depth and industry-informed knowledge of creating fun and memorable characters, this book teaches essential creative skills that are applicable to both digital and traditional media. Learn how to design exciting heroes, villains, and monsters, as well as about key concepts such as gesture, color, poses, and expressions.

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Forge & Carve

Meet eighteen traditional crafters and discover how and why they create the items they do. From basket weaver to blacksmith, from potter to bowyer, meet some of the talented people behind this revival of time-honoured techniques and discover how they make a living from their artistry. Admire their craftsmanship; share their enthusiasm; and learn from their philosophy.

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The Sketch Encyclopedia

A book like no other, The Sketch Encyclopedia is an ideal art resource for anyone wanting to take their first steps into sketching or drawing. Learn the fundamental skills of drawing from  the extensive introduction covering tools, line making, light theory, perspective, and texture before exploring the different effects you can create with the book’s texture library.  With over 900 drawing projects, each broken down into four key steps for practising your skills, there is enough to keep you sketching for years!

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Digital Painting in Photoshop: Industry Techniques for Beginners

Inside this comprehensive manual is everything the budding digital painter needs to know about the customizable Photoshop interface, its efficient tools, essential painting brushes, and complex layers and masks. Explore the endless possibilities of digital painting through three highly detailed step-by-step tutorials which look in depth at key processes and professional techniques. Discover how to subtly integrate photo textures, create custom brushes, and generate impressive effects to develop your own incredible artworks.

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Beginner's Guide to Sketching: Robots, Vehicles & Sci-fi Concepts

Pick up your pens and pencils and join talented professional artists in this invaluable introduction to sketching quintessential sci-fi subjects such as spaceships, robots, futuristic vehicles, and innovative buildings. Learn how to design and color a range of fascinating visionary concepts from start to finish, unlocking knowledge that will allow you to develop your own unique and impressive sci-fi creations.

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