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Art Fundamentals: Theory in Practice

Art Fundamentals: Theory in Practice

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This book comes with an exclusive Companion Booklet

Learn how to critique your own art — focus on the fundamentals, identify problems, then fix them — for results that advance your technique to the next level. Richly annotated images, in-depth tutorials, and striking before-and-after results show how the fundamentals can elevate your art from good to great.

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This book comes with an exclusive Companion Booklet

Unlike being in class or in an enthusiasts’ group, creating alone means critiquing alone. There is so much information available demonstrating where you might be going wrong, yet assessing your own work still feels overwhelming. This follow-up title to the bestselling Art Fundamentals (2nd edition) provides the knowledge, framework, and solutions needed to critique and improve your own work.

Experts reveal how the fundamentals can go wrong and how to spot problems in one’s own work. They not only explain how to improve an image, but also how to assess if the revised version is successful. To improve beyond the fundamentals and make truly memorable images, subjects such as infusing your work with emotion, mood, and storytelling are also explored. Learn about the self-improvement journeys of professional artists as they critique their own work and remake old portfolio pieces in in-depth tutorial case studies.

This is a book to keep by your side while drawing and painting, allowing you to continually critique, fix, and improve your skills and take your art to the next level.

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

Contents and contributors

Simone Grünewald


Devin Korwin

Why learn the fundamentals?

Devin Korwin

The Temple of Edfu
Dom Lay

Meike Schneider

The Journey of Hearts
Ahmed Rawi

The Wrestler
Jens Claessens

The Eyeless Dragons
Eldar Zakirov

awanqi (Angela Wang)

Wonders Down Below
Julia Blattman

Mystery in the Forest
Yewon Park

The Spider’s Cave
Geoffrey Ernault

2:47 A.M.
Christopher Scoles

Christian Reiske

Forest Dwelling
Daniel Romanovsky

The Dream World
Lesia Lukianenko

Tin Trung

Cabin in the Swamp
Ritunjoy Hazarika





Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

3D Total Publishing truly has an impressive book collection. I didn't know one could get love bombed by books but it really happened to me, cross my heart and hope to die!

Their collections have outstanding quality, not only in reference to content, layout and design but also in the physical quality of the books themselves.

I find their content to be spot on and relevant to art today, as a multi layered medium that ties together hands on craftsmanship with the complexity of high level digital artistry. The books are rich in the “know how” and give a pallet of styles from a collection of professional artists.

I was surprised by the level of detail around their products, many books included a complimentary high quality print of the artist work, and some books were autographed by the artist themselves. What a treat!

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Jorge Landivar
Condensed and learning tutorials to reinforce your knowledge

This book includes themes: light, color, perspective, composition, anatomy and narrative. Everything you need to develop an illustration. I see it highly recommended. The tutorials it contains allow you to exercise with digital painting, according to the techniques of different artists.
it is a condensed form with large images of the jobs that can be achieved. Although it may seem elementary, if you do the exercises you get consistency in the way you work and the knowledge of the steps to follow in a digital painting is reinforced.

Handy tips

This book is full of handy and helpful tips that you can use to enhance your own art work. The artists in this book show how you can use the art fundamentals to critique your own art and make improvements.

Great resource for helping you improve

As a new artist still learning, I really enjoyed the tips and approaches used in this book to self evaluate and self critique my work. Things I thought I was doing or at least thought I was doing right, I was able to look at with a different perspective using this book. It has been a great help and encouragement to me! Thanks to all involved!

Must have book on pushing fundamentals!

I really love the breakdown of fundamentals given by Devin Korwin. His explanations are very concise, and his art examples are very easy to comprehend. The other sections with different artists redoing old work and showing step-by-step process explanations & wip shots of art principles they have learned in the interim and improved upon is a refreshing view of seeing how these amazing artists breaking down old deficiencies and learning from mistakes. A lot of the explanations are very easy to follow and vigorously documented which helps a lot.
I seriously love this book and will probably buy the other "Fundamentals" series to complete my collection.