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Concept Art- Foundations Book List


Christian Alzmann

In the current world of Gumroad, Patreon, ArtStation and all of the other wonderful online places to learn to be a concept artist I’m going to share the old school books that helped me learn the basics of art. Whatever you decide to do in concept design you’ll need the fundamentals. That means drawing, painting and composition. Uh yes!!!!!! Even if you’re going to use a lot 3D. 3D is a wonderful tool but it…

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Shadow Mapping


Francis Vallejo

February 26, 2021 - Hello everyone! My name is Francis and I'm an illustrator and educator based in wonderful Detroit, Michigan USA. This is my first post. I've been an avid reader of this blog since the early days and consider it a primary resource for illustrative knowledge. I'm honored to contribute. Ok, I'm done gushing. Time to share! So let's talk about my favorite approach to figure drawing and how it has informed my approach to rendering form and seeing shape. I call it "Shadow Mapping." Myself and the great Jane Radstrom created this technique over 10 years ago while brainstorming lessons for a Figure 1 course that we were co-teaching. We wanted to emphasize the separation of light and dark. From our observation, and from our own personal trials and tribulations, we realized many figure students struggled…

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