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Hello, I'm currently studying Fine Arts, but I also love concept art, specially environment art. I want to start learning it by myself, since it's something that is so looked down upon in my college So, I was wondering what are the best and most used books by concept artists on general concept art/design, painting landscapes and architecture, environment art... I'm not as interested in character or creature design right now, because it's something I can do more or less easily, but I struggle trying to start an environment with a nice composition. So, in short, what are the best books on general concept and environment art
I'm not even sure such books exist, since I'm such a newbie in concept art! I do know that there are a lot of videos that you can buy, but I really prefer books, because I'm not looking for a step-by-step of a specific image, but general "rules" and guidelines, if you know what I mean.
Thanks in advance
Study film and games and break down the shots and analyze what each one looks like. Animation backgrounds is a good blog for this. You can study how the pros do it. How to establish a shot and manipulate color palettes to set the mood of a scene.
Paint from life a lot of city scenes and landscapes. Work on your speed you can't play around with a background for a month, you have to do them fast in a production environment.
Study architectural theory to understand how to divide up a space. In games like Unreal and Quake you can mod levels and really have a chance to study how they are laid out.
The thing that has helped my enviro concept art more than pretty much anything has been painting landscapes from life. The information you'll get from doing that is really invaluable.
Beyond that, and all that dpaint already said, be sure to study perspective. You need to know it like the back of your hand.