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Recommended reading list for 3D artists to improve knowledge & skills

Student work: Michelle Vue

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09/18/2022

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

Happy reading!

Anatomy Construction

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: Muscled Bodies: Anatomy for Artists
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rocky Nook (June 8, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1681987597
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1681987590

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

michelle-vue-3d-model3D art by 3D modeling grad Michelle Vue, who is now working at Pixar

Art Theory

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

Topology Theory

The Pushing Points Topology Workbook: Volume 01
Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 138 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1987728610
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1987728613

Topology Workbook Volume 2
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (December 20, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 75 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1673568467
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1673568462

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Planning and Business

The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion Designer
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lioncrest Publishing (May 31, 2017)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 358 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1619616718
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1619616714

Design for Motion: Fundamentals and Techniques of Motion Design
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 2nd edition (October 18, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 380 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1138318655
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1138318656

Animated Storytelling
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Peachpit Press; 2nd edition (August 13, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0135667852
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0135667859

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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