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

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

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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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An essential read for budding sci-fi artists, this book features more than 15 skilled professionals sharing detailed guides to designing and rendering a wide spectrum of imaginative subjects. An in-depth introduction covers the essentials of sketching, including tools and materials, perspective, geometry, and light, followed by an exciting range of tutorial projects that cover robots, vehicles, spaceships, and architecture. Useful tips teach you how to shade and render dozens of futuristic surfaces and details, from shiny chrome to rusted metal, honing your valuable traditional drawing skills with tools such as pencils, ink, and markers.

Whether you're a new artist interested in learning the basics of sketching, or an intermediate artist keen to branch out into the exciting world of sci-fi and “hard-surface” designs, Beginner’s Guide to Sketching: Robots, Vehicles & Sci-fi Concepts is an inspiring and accessible introduction.

- Create unique sci-fi forms from basic geometry

- Sketch any subject in perspective with confidence

- Render a range of hard-surface and reflective materials

- Tackle the concept design process from start to finish

- Choose tools and materials for dynamic results

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Softback 216 pages
Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-909414-77-8

Contents and contributors



Tools & materials

Perspective basics

Geometry, light & materials

Concept design basics


Combat spaceship by Lorin Wood 

Lunar roving buggy by Milen Ivanov

Prefab colony dwelling by Rob Turpin

All-terrain mining machine by Guido Kuip

Trading ship by Lorin Wood

High-tech luxury home by Callie Wei

Domestic helper robot by Ang Chen

Abandoned ship interior by Qianjiao Ma


Quadruped robot by Dwayne Vance

Breathing apparatus by Jan Buragay

Mysterious obelisk by Wayne Haag

Submersible craft by Jeff Zugale

Floating rock formation by Riccardo Pagni

Bipedal mech by Dwayne Vance

Control panel by Erik Dillinger

Hoverbike by Jeff Zugale

Mutant plant by Riccardo Pagni

Futuristic rifle by Wayne Haag

Specimen tank by Erik Dillinger


Speeder vehicle scene - Using toned paper by Jerel Dye

Armed patrol robot - Digital sketching by Michal Kus




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