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Art Fundamentals 2nd edition

Art Fundamentals 2nd edition

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Even more expert advice, key techniques, and illuminating artwork upgrades 3dtotal’s bestselling Art Fundamentals, the cornerstone of every artist’s bookshelf.

Whether you work in a traditional or digital medium, understanding the foundations of art itself is essential for engaging and confident results. Real-world rules make concept art so much more believable, while a clear comprehension of time-honored principles can elevate a classic subject to new levels of accomplishment.

This must-have, updated edition of Art Fundamentals is written and illustrated by experts from a range of creative backgrounds. It demystifies the crucial elements of art, while specially selected artwork details how the fundamentals have been cleverly applied to the canvas by incredible professional artists.

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Art Fundamentals 2nd Edition is a fully revised and updated back-to-basics title, packed with the fundamental concepts, conventions, and theory you need to create successful work.

This essential book is written by industry experts who thoroughly address key basics including color and light, composition, anatomy, perspective, and depth, in a series of insightful and visually demonstrative chapters. As well as being the perfect introduction for newcomers, Art Fundamentals 2nd Edition also offers experienced artists the chance to brush up on theory and discover new tricks and techniques to advance even further.

Richly illustrated throughout for optimal learning, each section of the book is specifically designed to guide you through the essential yet often challenging elements that make up the foundations of art, no matter which medium or technique you use. As fascinating and illuminating as it is practical and essential, Art Fundamentals 2nd Edition contains the foundations of art, presented, taught, and completely demystified for today’s artist.

- Keep this high-quality resource by your side, whether you are a beginner looking for a one-stop shop, or an experienced artist brushing up on your theory and techniques
- Learn from some of the most talented professional artists working in the art and entertainment industries, who share advice, insights, and methods from their areas of expertise
- See the principles in action, with works in progress, specially commissioned diagrams, and insightful “Fundamentals Applied...” case studies

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Softback 288 pages
Dimensions: 297mm x 210mm
Paper quality: Full colour premium paper pages

Contents and contributors



By Sean Layh & Gilles Beloeil

• Art history: light in time

• The language of light

• Lighting shape


By Sean Layh & Gilles Beloeil

• Art history: a color primer

• Hue, saturation & value

• Color harmony

• Combining color & light


By Andrei Riabovitchev & Dave Santillanes

• Compositional tools

• Compositional devices

• Enhancing compositions

• Planning compositions

• Your subjective opinion


By Roberto F. Castro & Dave Santillanes

• Art history: the past in perspective

• Perspective

• Depth


By Matt Smith, Mario Anger, Sylwia Bomba & Rita Foster

• The head

• Expressions

• The torso

• The arm

• The hand

• The leg

• The foot





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