Publisher: 3dtotal Publishing
Softback: 104 pages per issue
Dimensions: 210mm x 270mm
Paper quality: Full colour premium paper
Born out of a Kickstarter campaign, 3dtotal's new quarterly subscription magazine, Graphite, is an exceptional publication that, in my opinion, fills a much-needed hole in the market. The magazine bears the subheading of 'Concept Drawing / Illustration / Urban Sketching,' which tells of the nature of what you'll find within the pages. However, there is much more to it.
Distribution of new issues is scheduled for the months of January, April, July and October each year. The first two issues have already been released and issue 3 is currently in production for April.
Looking at the very first issue of Graphite, I am quite amazed at what the Graphite team have created. The layout is very well done, with a great balance of images and text, and just so much information packed into it. There are artist interviews, tutorials, plenty of great artwork, and loads of fantastic tips and words of advice from skilled artists throughout.
In the first issue, there are 7 featured artists providing the meat of the publication, and pretty much giving you a look over their shoulder as they work. First, there's a quick look at the cover artist of issue 1, Kim Jung Gi. Then you have an interview with freelance illustrator, Matthew Filipkowski, followed by a journey through his creation of an illustration piece on the folklore of Baba Yaga.
Continuing on, freelance illustrator, Eleanor Doughty, shares her love of urban sketching as she draws New York City scenes, giving you a unique artist's tour of the city. Illustrator, Benze, then takes you through sketching and inking a finely detailed graphic design. And illustrator and cartoonist, Jerel Dye, shares his work on a wonderful sci-fi narrative illustration, using pencils, pens, and markers.
There is an excellent interview with gallery artist and illustrator, Sam Wolfe Connelly, who works primarily in carbon, graphite, and oils. He shares his knack for creating dark and mysterious scenes. And, finally, artist Jan Buragay walks you through a sci-fi concept design process from thumbnails through inking and coloring.
There is also an incredible Gallery section, with info about the contributing artists. The magazine itself is printed on high quality paper and excellently bound. It feels great to hold and page through.
Graphite also has a dedicated website, where you can learn more about the magazine and the people behind it. There is currently a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the creation of issue 2 on the Graphite website.
This is really a high-quality magazine that can be enjoyed by artists, and enthusiasts alike, and something you'll definitely want to show off. Major kudos to the team that puts this magazine together (you can meet them here).
At the price of $43.20 (USD) for a 1 year subscription, I think it is well worth a look.
Nick C. Sorbin