Artbook Review: Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts / by J. Logan Carey

I just recently discovered the Sketching from the Imagination series by independent book publisher, 3dtotal Publishing. They’re the very same publishing house that also puts out the excellent Character Design Quarterly series.

Sketching from the Imagination presents sketches or other artwork from fifty different artists from a variety of fields and focused on one particular genre of art. They include brief interviews with each artist where they discuss how they go about creating art, their techniques, their tools, and what they do to get inspired and stay motivated. I’ve gotten a couple of the books so far and I really love flipping through them to get inspired.

As soon as I saw a “Dark Arts” edition I knew I had to have it. That’s a style I absolutely adore and I need to create more dark art pieces in the future.

List of the fifty artists who contributed for this book…

There are several books out in the series including Fantasy, Characters, Sci-Fi, Creatures & Monsters, An Insight Into Creative Drawing, and Dark Arts.

I was already a big fan of the majority of the artists in the book, but I got to learn about some new artists I hadn’t run into yet.

A couple of my absolute favorites made an appearance such as E.M. Gist


Abigail Larson, always fantastic…


…and Ryan and Matthew Murray who are tattoo artists based in Salem, Massachusetts, but whose pieces absolutely fit the theme. It would be a dream to one day get a tattoo from them.


Here’s a full flip-through courtesy of Parka Blogs, a very helpful YouTube channel that just flips through art books without any commentary. Super useful.

I’ve got a couple more books in the series to review in the future so check back for those. Thanks for stopping by.