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Scott Robertson explains how the human brain interprets the visual world around us. He then explains the subject of visually communicating the form of an object in easy to understand step-by-step lessons through the use of drawings, photography and even 3D digital imagery that will enlighten and empower an artist.

Written as an introductory book of rendering strategies and
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 15th 2014 by Design Studio Press (first published December 15th 2012)
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Natik
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This looks like the only mass market book on the subject so it's also the best! The section on curved reflections, the Fresnel effect, and general shading are pretty rigorous (though the shading needs more rigor). Unfortunately it's geared toward digital artists so they speak of various photoshop effects instead of paint pigments. The second half of the book is basically random stock photos for some reason.

If you want to teach yourself the subject, I'd pair this book with "Presentation Techniqu
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Susan
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book is actually not available. The book I read was called How to Render the Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity. I believe it is a later edition of the book above. It's fabulous. It really gives information that I haven't seen elsewhere. It goes beyond the usual highlight, core shadow, reflected light, etc. And it talks about passive highights and reflections and how to know/understand where to place them, how to plot cast shadows in perspective, etc. And it then deals with rend ...more
Lucas Street
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is the bible for people wanting to up their digital painting/ rendering abilities. Ive improved so so much just from a quick pass through first read. Gonna start going over it again and coming through it soon.
Dooz
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book. However, you won't get far without the knowledge from the author's previous "How to Draw" book. You'll need to have a solid grasp of the fundamentals before tackling this bad boy. ...more
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