Recommended Book – Drawing Basics and Video Game Art
It’s my dream to be able to one day learn how to create my own characters and draw fantasy art. I can happily draw what I see, but making things up that look right is another challenge altogether. Fortunately I found the book ‘Drawing Basics and Video Game Art‘ which I feel has improved my drawing skills quite a lot. I still need a lot more practice to be able to create my own fantasy art, but it’s a step up from where I was.
‘Video Game Art’ may look like a book that is just geared towards people who are interested in video games, but I reckon that anyone could learn useful drawing skills from it (especially if you’re interested in drawing people.) Out of the many drawing books I own it is definitively one of my favourites, the reason being that the book covers classical art and techniques. I was never a big fan of the art classes I took at college because they didn’t seem to teach you any techniques or encourage life drawing. Many people who attended the class didn’t understand things like colour, composition, lighting, shape… etc… We were always encouraged to go down the route of modern art, which is fine if you’re interested in this area, but these classes aren’t an ideal solution for all of us.
I own many other books about drawing people, but they are either too simple or too complicated. For example I always knew that understanding anatomy could help, but the books I bought covering the topic include complicated diagrams of skeletons and muscle groups with all the labels; I wasn’t sure how to utilize this knowledge correctly. On the other side of the scale you may get a book that shows you the basic shapes that make up the form, but not enough knowledge on how to make the figure look believable. ‘Video Game Art’ is in the middle ground in that it includes anatomy but also helps to guide you on where to look, such as skeletal landmarks that can be seen on the surface and how gravity effects the weight of a figure.
The book includes a number of tasks, images of classical art and examples from video games. The text is also really easy to read and the ideas well explained. I recommend this book for anybody who wants to improve their drawing skills, whether you are a beginner or intermediate.