How to Render: the Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity

Written by Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling, both designers and educators having worked for the Entertainment Design department at Art Center College of Design, How to Render: the Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity is a follow-up to the How to Draw book also written by the authors.


How to Render: the Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity delves into how the human brain interprets the visual world around us as well as the subject of visually communicating the form of an object. Scott Robertson explains this in easy to understand, step-by-step lessons through the use of drawings, photography and even 3D digital imagery that will enlighten and empower an artist.

Scott Robertson has over 20 years of experience teaching and creating a curriculum on how to design, draw, and render at the college level. Because of this, he’s able to bring unique and unquestioned expertise to the presentation and communication of the concept design field. He has authored or co-authored 10 books on design and concept art. In addition to books, he has co-produced over 40 educational DVDs with The Gnomon Workshop, nine of which feature his own lectures. He also frequently lectures around the world for various corporations and colleges.

Thomas Bertling has an extensive background as a successful industrial designer and engineer, with a varied array of clients and a diverse portfolio of completed products on the market, from state-of-the-art medical innovations to combat-ready military vehicles. This hands-on expertise gives him a distinct approach and remarkable edge in addition to also being an acclaimed design educator. With substantial experience teaching all levels of perspective sketching and construction to both university students and corporate clients, he has created comprehensive and proven curricula rooted in practicality and real-world application.

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