Rating:5 out of 5
DRAWING BASICS AND VIDEO GAME ART by Chris Solarski is really one of the coolest books I’ve ever come across. I’m not a huge gamer, but I think video game art is really visually stunning. It’s incredible what kind of artwork video game artists have been able to get across as technology has progressed over the years. DRAWING BASICS AND VIDEO GAME ART is an interesting book because it is both a drawing how-to book and an exploration of video game art specifically. Solarski proposes that video game artists approach art the way any artist has ever approached creating visual art.
What I really appreciated about this book is the very basics it gives of drawing, so it is ideal for a beginner. Solarski covers how to hold a pencil, the kind of marks you make, perspective, drawing figures and landscapes. Everything you need to know to draw in general and for video game art specifically. After covering drawing basics, Solarski looks at the concepts of character design and creating environments for video games, followed by applying color to your artwork.
DRAWING BASICS AND VIDEO GAME ART is written by a video game artist and designed for aspiring video game artists, but it’s a great book for anyone interested in drawing. Graphic designers would also greatly benefit from this book. I’ve been quickly sitting down with pencil and paper and working through the lessons of this book.
Review copy provided by Watson-Guptill