Want to build your knowledge as a 3D modeler? CG Spectrum's Department Head of 3D Modeling, Bryan Bentley, shares his book recommendations for those who want to broaden their understanding of this unique profession and the fast-paced industry in which it resides.
Some of the books in Bryan's list would also be excellent resources for those pursuing a career as a digital painter, an animator, or someone wanting to break into the VFX industry.
Anatomy For Sculptors, Understanding the Human Figure Publisher : Anatomy Next, Inc.; 3rd edition (January 1, 2014) Language : English Paperback : 232 pages ISBN-10 : 1735039020 ISBN-13 : 978-1735039022
Form of the Head and Neck Publisher : Anatomy Next, Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 2021) Language : English ISBN-10 : 173503908X ISBN-13 : 978-1735039084
Figure Drawing: Design and Invention Publisher : M. Hampton; 2nd edition (December 31, 2009) Language : English Paperback : 235 pages ISBN-10 : 0615272819 ISBN-13 : 978-0615272818
Constructive Anatomy: Includes Nearly 500 Illustrations Publisher : Dover Publications; Later Printing Used edition (June 1, 1973) Language : English Paperback : 192 pages ISBN-10 : 0486211045 ISBN-13 : 978-0486211046
Morpho: Hands and Feet: Anatomy for Artists Publisher : Rocky Nook (November 12, 2019) Language : English Paperback : 96 pages ISBN-10 : 168198539X ISBN-13 : 978-1681985398
3D art by 3D modeling grad Michelle Vue, who is now working at Pixar
How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination Publisher : Design Studio Press; 1st edition (December 15, 2013) Language : English Paperback : 208 pages ISBN-10 : 1933492732 ISBN-13 : 978-1933492735
How to Render: the fundamentals of light, shadow and reflectivity Publisher : Design Studio Press (November 15, 2014) Language : English Paperback : 272 pages ISBN-10 : 1933492961 ISBN-13 : 978-1933492964
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing; 13642nd edition (November 30, 2010) Language : English Paperback : 224 pages ISBN-10 : 0740797719 ISBN-13 : 978-0740797712
The Visual Effects Producer: Understanding the Art and Business of VFX Publisher : Focal Press; 1st edition (September 11, 2009) Language : English Paperback : 387 pages ISBN-10 : 0240812638 ISBN-13 : 978-0240812632
Film Directing: Shot by Shot Publisher : Michael Wiese Productions; Anniversary edition (April 29, 2019) Language : English Paperback : 400 pages ISBN-10 : 1615932976 ISBN-13 : 978-1615932979
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