Review of Graphite Magazine by 3DTotal Publishing

Graphite Magazine is one of the most recent periodicals published by 3DTotal Publishing.

Every quarter, and there are four total magazines each year. However, Graphite isn’t your standard magazine. It’s almost like a high-end art book that is specifically designed for artists, professionals or just anyone who enjoys art.

You can read details about the issue on their main site however I’d like to share my thoughts after reading the Graphite issue #06.

Let me say that this magazine has a gorgeous printing job that is more like an actual motivational swear word coloring book rather instead of it does a magazine. The quality of the paper is strong and smooth. The artwork is printed at a super high resolution , and the book is something from the art world.

Graphite Magazine is literally the opposite of the slim magazines that you use to pass the time in the car or at your doctor’s waiting room. It’s something you’d be proud to place on your desk or openly display in your living room table.

However, let’s look into the magazine and see what it has to offer.

What’s Inside?

Each issue covers a range of subjects. But do not think of Graphite as an exclusively pencil-based magazine.

It’s actually more of an old-fashioned magazine that focuses primarily on art that is traditional. It includes oil paints, watercolors colored pencils, and of course lots drawing with graphite.

Here’s a quick overview of the chapters of Graphite Volume 6:

  • Two interviews with artists Jason Lee & Christian Reiske
  • Sketching and designing sci-fi characters with Giselle Ukardi
  • Working with watercolors and sketching with Daniel Pagans
  • Narrative illustration using Anais Maamar
  • Sketching techniques for observation learned from Dwayne Bell
  • Watercolor Illustration ideas from Ulla Thynell
  • Concept art for a creature sketched by Jordan K. Walker

There’s a separate section that showcases galleries of work which you can browse for ideas, inspiration or to discover the latest artists you can follow on the internet.

There’s plenty of diversity in this area too.

Certain chapters concentrate on drawing with watercolor paints. Some chapters explore creating creatures, or by creating rough thumbnails using the sci-fi characters from beginning to the end.

The book is a combination of in the form of inspiration, another section of “how-to” and a dash of a featurette that showcases the work of artists and their processes.

For instance, the chapter featuring Daniel Pagans talks about watercolor work done on the location of Barcelona, Spain.

This is an extremely enjoyable chapter you’ll probably not do without being in that region. However, the different methods you’ll be taught and the way to approach your subject is easily replicated when you get out and do some drawing.

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