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    Hi to all!
    I'm searching for artbooks and sketchbooks about film, animation, comics or concept arts to take inspiration.
    Today I saw "The Lord of the rings sketchbook" and it was amazing.
    Alan Lee got my ideal drawing style!
    I'm going to buy it

    Anyway I wonder if you can suggest me other sketchbooks or artbook that could be useful to me.
    I like fantasy and if I should make some example...mmmh....I can say LOTR (obiuvsly), the Diablo III art works (to me sounds wonderful), Warcraft and similar!


    Thaaaanks!!

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    For more LotR, and other fantasy: John Howe.

    http://www.john-howe.com/

    For his books, click on 'Stuff'.

    ...which is only my opinion.
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    Ah, I would add even OTHER sketchbooks or artbooks that you like.
    Not only fantasy

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    http://www.budplant.com/

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    I got my uni library to buy the The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants The First Ten Years book a month or so ago because I wanted to see it, but didn't want to pay for it and my course costs so much that I'll squeeze every penny I can get back from them.

    Well, I'm thinking about buying it for myself. It's that beautiful. Expencive though. About £40.

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    Oh Vermis, thank you. I love both Alan Lee and John Howe, I have Tolkien books illustrated by them both, and he put up a rough sketch of the cover of a book I own called 'The lays of Beleriand.' This is GOLD!



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    I'm rather fond of the Comix Buro series. I've got the Pierre Alary one, and it's faboo. I've flipped though some of the others, and seriously covet the Ciaa one.

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    I also have LOTR Sketchbook. Yep, Alan Lee's pencils are amazing! That always inspires me. I find Brian Froud's Secret Sketchbooks are full of fun things too.

    http://www.worldoffroud.com/www/ss.html

    I also have Art of Star Wars...If you like design based concept art.

    Goblins of Labyrinth

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Goblins-Laby.../dp/0810970554

    Ahem.... >>> http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/books/massiveblack/

    See if any of those take your fancy
    Happy viewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damascus57 View Post
    Oh Vermis, thank you. I love both Alan Lee and John Howe, I have Tolkien books illustrated by them both, and he put up a rough sketch of the cover of a book I own called 'The lays of Beleriand.' This is GOLD!
    Heh! You're welcome. Myth and Magic is probably the 'proper' John Howe sketch/art book. There are three others which tend more towards workshops or tutorials, but that just means more WIPs to ogle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Halogen View Post
    I also have Art of Star Wars...If you like design based concept art.
    Seconded!

    For comic art, I'm enjoying the Modern Masters series. I've only managed to pick up three so far, but of those the one I'd recommend first is Mike Ploog. Excellent.

    ...which is only my opinion.
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    The skillfull huntsman, cause i like the sketches more than the final product.

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    I bought the art of starcraft hoping it actually had sketches in it. unfortunately its mostly fully rendered environments. not exactly what i had hoped for. there wasnt a single sketch in the whole book. Then again people raved about the art of warcraft. again there wasnt a single sketch inside. I guess these art of books are not for me. the only type of book that is sorta like that i thought was good was mechanika.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mechanika-Crea...2627224&sr=8-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangum View Post
    I bought the art of starcraft hoping it actually had sketches in it. unfortunately its mostly fully rendered environments. not exactly what i had hoped for. there wasnt a single sketch in the whole book. Then again people raved about the art of warcraft. again there wasnt a single sketch inside. I guess these art of books are not for me. the only type of book that is sorta like that i thought was good was mechanika.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mechanika-Crea...2627224&sr=8-1
    Not sure what Warcraft book you are talking about there. I own "The Art of World of Warcraft" and it has got plenty of sketches many of them looking like they were original created for Warcraft 3 RTS.
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    Several years back i bought the GURPS Discworld Book just for the numerous illustrations and pencil sketches. Still love how Kidby perfectly hits the characters with his illustrations.
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    I thank everyone for posting these works - the skill level it takes to make illustrations like these are where I want to be and sometimes I absolutely forget that so it really helps to see truly professional artwork!

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    A second nomination on Shadowline, I am a total for Iian Mccaig after all.

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