3D Lighting: History, Concepts, and Techniques by Arnold Gallardo
Publisher: Charles River Media | 2000 | 489 Pages | ISBN: 1584500387 | PDF | 9 MB
The majority of computer graphics books are either too general or too application-specific. The field of 3-D computer graphics possesses tremendous depth, and any aspect of it is worthy of a focused career. In large studios, artists concentrate on just one phase of production, be it modeling, texturing, animation, or rendering. If you're interested in learning about the field from this perspective, read 3-D Lighting: History, Concepts & Techniques. It's a pleasure to peruse, because it shares the large-studio focus.
The book does feature examples, project files, and some instructions for specific applications, but mostly it's about concept and theory in computer imaging. For the most part, it avoids application-specific discussion. This is a good thing–any experienced artist uses more than one application, and can easily port this information from one app to another.