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A complete sketching solution for beginners, hobbyists and artists looking to brush up on drawing skills, with tuition by pro artists.

If you missed the chance to back the Sketch Workshop on Kickstarter, don’t worry! You can get your hands on the folder, workbooks and videos in the 3dtotal shop next year when the project has been fully brought to life around June 2014. 

In the meantime, follow this link here to register your interest and make sure you hear as soon as it’s available!

Update! Mattias Adolfsson joins the project as one of our video artists!! Read more here.

Update! One-to-one Sketching Session with Rich Anderson. Read more here.

Update! Sean Andrew Murray (Muttonhead) is our Character Artist!! Read more here.

Update: Find out how to get your gift cards if you have bought Sketch Workshop as a present here.

Artist announced for Creature video! Kurt Papstein will be our Creatures artist, read more here.

Work from Kurt's Sketchbook
Work from Kurt's Sketchbook

Stretch Goals announced! Unlock these extras...

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Coming soon: Stretch goals!
We are funded after just 5 days!! Stay tuned for some awesome stretch goals coming soon. More details.

News! Free Templates
For every single workbook you buy, you will get access to templates for each one (these do not include all of the instructions and tips, they are just the templates). You can download them and then print as many time as you like, meaning you can keep on practicing. More details.

Ever felt envious of someone sketching a quick doodle on the train and thought, 'I wish I could draw like that?' Well, you're not alone! So many of us wish we could draw like our favourite artists, but lack the patience, time and skills we think we need to get there. 

3dtotal recognises this problem and set out to come up with a solution. After talking to artists in the industry and holding group tests with local artists and hobbyists, the Sketch Workshop was born - a complete sketching solution for beginners and hobbyists alike.

“It is only by drawing often - drawing everything, drawing incessantly - that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character.” Camille Pissaro  

Ultimately, we hope the Sketch Workshop will get you drawing again, and then become a beautifully designed tool to continue your future sketches and breed forever inspiration!

The Sketch Workshop is an innovative and fun way for people of all ages to find the inspiration to pick up a pencil - and draw! We've created a number of workbooks that cover popular topics including:

• Anatomy
• Characters
• Creatures
• Robots & Spaceships
• Cityscapes

Each topic is supplied as a ready-to-go sketch workbook (approximately 48 pages each) to be encased in the luxury leather-style Sketch Workshop folder. Every backer gets to choose the workbooks they want in the survey at the end of the project. 

“You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” John Singer Sargent

Each workbook has been created by a number of top artists and gives you all the tips and tricks you need to help you grasp the fundamental elements needed to craft sketches from scratch. The topics chosen have been selected with every genre of artist in mind, from the traditional to digital and everything in-between. 

This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design

DESIGNED TO IMPRESS
The leather-style binder is A4-sized and can securely hold a workbook plus up to 20 quality drawing tools, including pencils, pens, rulers, erasers and more

PRACTICAL(LY) GENIUS
The design allows everything to be concealed safely and is streamlined to make it portable for on-the-go sketching, while the inside fold keeps pens and pencils separate from your workbook when not in use  

LIKE A ROCK
A sturdy backboard has been inserted into the binder to make sketching possible wherever you are. A thick elastic strap also means there is never any fear of losing your pencils or sketchbook

CLASSIC
A classy design to suit all. And when you've completed all your sketch workbooks, it'll become a favourite folder for your drawing tools and sketchpads 

This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content
This is a prototype, we're still improving the content

STEP IT UP 
Each workbook runs through the topic step-by-step from the initial concept to final illustration

PERFECT PROPORTIONS
References and templates are provided for each stage of the topic until you are ready to implement your new skills into your own awesome sketches

STRIKE A POSE
Each topic is explored from every angle. For example, your character’s expressions and poses will cover a number of emotions from sad to angry and everything in-between

INSIDER INFO
Tips and tricks are dished out in each workbook, direct from the pros 

FLEXIBLE LEARNING
The beauty of the workbooks is their flexibility. Only pick and pay for the ones you want and we’ll happily take suggestions direct from you for future topics too

This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design
This is a prototype, we're still improving the design

Rich Anderson  
Rich Anderson is a concept artist at Framestore and has many other impressive work ventures under his belt, including working for MPC, projects with Nike and the Guild Wars franchise. Rich says he has got to where he is today “through a lot of hard work and luck”, but everyone else will agree it’s with a heavy scoop of talent too!

Nicolas Weis
“When I was 20 I decided to learn how to draw. For real.” Nicolas proves that it’s not necessarily something you need to start doing the second you’re born to be good. Nicolas’ sketches are both inspiring and charming, making him a must-have artist for the Sketch Workshop.

Fuad Ghaderi
Fuad’s bionic beauties and robust robots are beyond cool and we just knew we needed him in our project! Of course, we got him to get involved with the robots workbook and we cannot wait to show you all the results.

Clint Cearley
Trained in traditional media, Clint now works as a freelance digital artist with such companies as Wizards of the Coast for Magic: The Gathering. His work is both exciting and magical, and he is a master when it comes to realistic lighting.

Marta Nael 
Working in both traditional and digital mediums, Marta has become a well-established illustrator and matte painter in recent years. Her extensive portfolio showcases her broad talents and the variety of pieces she creates, from landscapes to characters and more.

Ken Le Bras 
Ken’s enchanting sci-fi cityscapes and industrial mechs are nothing short of fantastic and will transport you straight to the mystical environments he portrays. Once you feast your eyes on Ken’s portfolio, you’ll see exactly why we got him involved in the project to help us create the spaceships workbook.

Abigail Larson 
Abigail began drawing with ink and painting with watercolor before developing a taste for digital. Many of Abigail’s influences and inspirations come from gothic works of fiction, which can be seen in her unique style. Her work features in a number prestigious venues and galleries - as well as a few 3dtotal publications!

The leather-style Sketch Workshop folder - Perfect for those that simply want something super fly to carry their sketchpad or notebook in while on-the-go

The leather-style Sketch Workshop folder + ONE project book of choice - You just want to dip your toes, we get that

The leather-style Sketch Workshop folder + THREE project books of choice - You’re all in, but some of the projects available at the moment aren’t your thing. This option is perfect for you to pick and choose the ones you want

The leather-style Sketch Workshop folder + FIVE project books of choice - We salute you! A great choice, if we might say so

TWO leather-style Sketch Workshop folder + FOUR project books of choice - To save you and a friend some cash, we’ve cooked up this option

FIVE leather-style Sketch Workshop folder + TEN project books of choice - For the popular guy/gal, this is for you. If you have an art class or just a bunch of cool arty friends you can save your money and have a good time – marvellous! Or why not stock up on gifts for your favourite people?

We’re also offering free shipping to the UK, EU and USA, as well as affordable delivery options for everywhere else in the world. Shipping costs are included in the options, so no need to add extra.

We know what you’re thinking: this would make a perfect gift for Christmas. We've got you covered. Even though the project won't be available until 2014,we'll send you an electronic gift card so your loved ones will know their presents are on the way next year!

Update: Find out how to get your gift cards if you have bought Sketch Workshop as a present here.

The Sketch Workshop has been created for everyone with a passion for drawing, whether you are new to the subject of art or simply looking to improve your skills. We’ve developed the leather-style binder and workbooks to appeal to a broad range of artists. So, if you’re a game designer, illustrator, digital artist, comic book artist, avid doodler, sculptor, painter or general lover of art, there is something here for you.

If you’ve got this far down the page, we’re assuming you’re pretty intrigued by this point. We need your help. We’ve invested a lot of time into this project, including many meetings, many prototypes, many focus groups and surveys, and many, many hours spent racking our brains. We think we’ve got something good and if you agree, we’d love you to join us and tell everyone you know about it.

Following the success of our anatomical male reference figure on Kickstarter, we really enjoyed creating a tool to help artists get the most out of their artwork. And that's also the goal with the Sketch Workshop: to teach everyone how to draw a variety of subjects, from characters to sci-fi vehicles and everything in-between.

With our experience and the abundance of artists we work with on a daily basis, we feel we have the perfect team to put together something really special. The Sketch Workshop has come about from a recognized need to help artists of all levels to get back to the drawing board. Our Sketching from the Imagination book has made record sales this year and re-emphasized the desire for this type of product: an affordable way to learn and brush-up on techniques.

We think Kickstarter is the perfect platform for creative projects and as this is something new for us, we want as much feedback along the way from you guys to make this the best it can be.

3dtotal Publishing is the maker of a library of successful educational books for digital artists, spanning a variety of subjects from digital painting for beginners to sculpting in ZBrush for professionals. Behind 3dtotal Publishing is the 3dtotal.com website, which has been around for the last 14 years offering artists and hobbyists helpful free tutorials and insightful articles to aid them with their digital art triumphs.

We’ve been working with all genres of artist since 1999 to create instructional and inspirational art books, tutorials, eBooks, magazines and more. It’s safe to say that we are a well-respected publisher and resource site and we pride ourselves on this reputation.

We have already launched 4 successful Kickstarter projects, including the Prime Wars card game, a male anatomy figure for artists, a board game called 404: Law Not Found and our most recent project e338: The Art of Loic Zimmermann art book. Prime Wars and the male anatomy figure projects have both been fulfilled with very happy backers. 404: Law Not Found is in the heavy production phase and e338: The Art of Loic Zimmermann was recently funded. 

Thanks to...

Andrew Robinson for the awesome video, Jake Gabb for the pitch-perfect soundtrack, to 3dtotal's Az Pishneshin for his fantastic photography and camera work, and to all the incredible artists that have supported the project so far and shown interest in jumping on board. Thank you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenge is to get you all drawing again and make sure you love every aspect of the workbook and binder! To do this, we’ve worked hard with some amazing artists and the 3dtotal team of editors, designers, programmers, admin, marketing and even the Managing Director to get to where we are already. We will continue this hard work to ensure the job is done right - and done well.

It’s always a challenge to get everything commissioned, proofed, changed, chopped, designed and printed on time, but we’re pretty well-rehearsed at this now. We love the way Kickstarter keeps you in touch with your customers, so we can update you often and immediately when any challenges arise.

Our biggest risk is loosing a lot of money and not reaching our target. However, this does come with the territory of Kickstarter, so we’ve worked hard to create a product that you will all like and a project you’ll want to be a part of.

FAQ

  • Yes! We ship everywhere in the world. The shipping is included in the cost of the pledge/option, so you don't need to add anything on top. Please select the UK, EU & USA options OR the REST OF WORLD options depending on where you are at :D

    Any questions, please message us!

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  • Yes, Canada is. Please select the Rest of World options :)

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  • You can't use paypal on Kickstarter apparently, they don't support it :( You could borrow one from a friend for this and give them the money or you will have to wait til the project is funded and we will take a paypal payment from you afterwards so you don't miss out.

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  • Yep! There are options available for multiple folders and/or workbooks. If the option you want isn't there, please select the most appropriate and then add on the money for the extra things you want. An example would be: Select £51 for folder + five workbooks to UK, EU or USA. To get this for someone else as well, keep this option selected then add another £51 = £102 in total. If you get stuck, please message us!

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  • This will be done when the project is complete. We will send a survey when they are finalized to see which ones you want.

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  • Nope, it's leather-style. We're very aware that many people do not agree with leather products, so we chose this route. The folder is still top quality and feels nice, but no animals have been harmed. Win-win!

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  • We will ask for your addresses very close to when we are going to ship the products, so don't worry that you haven't given us your address yet!

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