I am doing a series on my favorite art books – books that I absolutely love and have around me all the time! I have already told you about my first recommendation and did a small video on it.

This is the second part of the series. In this one I'm going to tell you about my favorite book for tech-art which is called Border Break Artworks. It's my go-to reference book for any thing tech. Keep in mind that I do art lessons online.

Border Breaks Artworks

Border Breaks Artworks

  1. This book is loaded with tech-designs and artwork. What I really like about this book is that it has numerous line drawings which depict the basic structure of a piece of tech-art.
  2. These can be used as a good base to build on. You can then further draw on these and incorporate the finer details to create the complete 3D art.

Although this book focuses only on tech, it still has good variety in that. It has a crazy amount of tech-drawings which you can use as a reference. This includes war robots, armors, weapons and so on.

An auto-correct for design!

 I often draw some of the stuff from the book to learn and absorb the design language. This helps in creating a “storage” of designs and styles in my mind that I can refer to while creating my own art. It's almost like an auto-correct for my design-style!


Focuses on intricate details

Another great feature of this book is its focus on individual parts of a tech model. It isolates certain parts from a model and focuses on its details. This shows you how to make each part of the design more convincing...

Having said that, this book isn't a “How to” in any capacity. It just shows the process the authors follow to create big tech models out of small intricate parts.

A reference guide

I primarily use this book as a reference for tech and robot art. It doesn't teach you things from scratch in terms of how to create tech art. However, what it does is, provide lots and lots of references for science fiction tech. So much, that it makes me fall in love with robots at times! Watch this short video I made on it, and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Easy to carry

As many of my readers already know, I place a great deal of importance on the size and weight of a book and whether I can carry it easily. This one scores full marks on that parameter. It's 170 pages thick and comes in soft covers, making it fit to be easily carried anywhere.

Any suggestions?

What books do you use for tech art? Tell me, and maybe I can include a few in my collection. Meanwhile, you can buy you copy of this one at Amazon here. I actually bought mine at Comic Con and it has been my favorite book for tech art ever since! Keep an eye for my art tutorials and drawing lessons .