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Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts

Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts

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Following on from the success of previous titles in this popular series, Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts focuses on horror, Gothic, and the macabre. Glimpse inside the sketchbooks of fifty accomplished artists from various fields.

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Revel in the dark delights of the macabre in this artistic exploration of all things grim and Gothic.

Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts focuses on horror, Gothic, and the macabre. 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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Softback 320 pages
Dimensions: 210mm x 230mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-909414-53-2

Contents and contributors

The 50 featured artists
Barthelmey, Ken
Bertolin, Paride “JAB”
Bonhomme, Eric
Brown, Ryan
Burburan, Filip
Carman, Bill
Castro, Derek
Che, Albert
Chi, Nomi
Compiet, Iris
Cravo, Jota
Craww (Friend, Shaun)
Dibujante Nocturno (Garcés, Fran)
Fajrianto, Septian
Gaweł, Bartłomiej
Gist, E. M.
Gordon, Matt
Harding, Abigail J. (“Abz”)
Heidersdorf, Jana
Hillyer, Nate
Hrabota Lesser, Jennifer
Iannocent (Permana, Ian)
Iredale, Julia
Kostadinov, Konstantin
Larson, Abigail
László, Márk
Lecouffe Deharme, Bastien
Lister, Charles
Lopez, Lizz
Martlet, Franz
Murray, Ryan & Matthew
Oakley, Stephen
Oberto, Ayran
O’Neal, Justin
Pavelec, Jim
Pentasticarts (Catimbang, Joseph)
Rambaud, Fred
Rebholz, Bobby
Reidt, Nathan
Rotten Fantom (Snegotskii, Elena & Vladimir)
Seaman, Chris
Semenov, Kirill
Sergison-Main, Matthew
Šimečková, Lenka
Simpson, Jay
Vair Duncan, Jonathan
Villarreal, Gary
Wehrle, Chad
Wolfe Connelly, Sam
ZIUK (Quiza, Edu)



The “dark arts” is an exploration of images mainly associated with mortality – concerning issues most people prefer to leave hidden in the shadows; in the ground.

However, if you were to look deeper, there is often a peaceful mindfulness to be found, as the artist seeks out what is not only hidden in the earth, but also hidden in the mind. If you venture out of your comfort zone to appreciate the images by the fantastic artists in this book, you can see what lies beneath, making it possible to grow closer to the truth of us all.

Allen Williams
Concept artist/fine artist


Customer Reviews

Based on 7 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!

Their customer service is impeccable and personal. I was really aware that there is a human on the other side, funny how the absence of AI can make a human feel valued.

Beautiful compilation of work!

This book is amazing for finding out more about some of the best contemporary artists that have a love for dark fantasy and the macabre. I bought this as a gift and they adore it! I'm just disappointed that shortly after purchasing this book there was an offer to get 3 prints which I missed out on.

great book

If You like traditional drawings (and monsters but that's not necessary) I highly recommend this album. It is filled with quality pieces from many talented artists. And if You like monsters than it is the must have book.

Monique van Steen
Hours of Drooling

Quality product with so many good and different artists featured.I have to add that I have a 'fetish' for handdrawn work, so maybe I am not all that objective.The short explanations written by those artists make the sketches even more interesting. Good for hours of diving into the magic world of Dark sketches!

The Best 'Sketching From The Imagination' Yet!

A great collection of dark and macabre art for all to feast their eyes upon. I have a few of the 'From The Imagination' books, and this one just knocks them out of the water! The team at 3D Total have really out done themselves this time around, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they're going to do for the next one!Also a big thank you to Adam for making sure this copy got to me after the initial purchas went askew with the courier! Super communication and customer service :D