Digital Fantasy Painting: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Visionary Art On Your Computer

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ISBN-13: 978-0823015740
ISBN-10: 0823015742
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Adult/High School-Lavishly illustrated, this volume begins with a survey of available software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, and then discusses how to render skin, hair, landscapes, etc. Printed on high-quality, glossy paper, the book offers a host of spreads that show how various effects were created, often taking readers from initial sketch to final artwork, with the techniques of a variety of professional artists presented. The computer is not held up as a substitute for drawing ability or hard work honing artistic skills, but the information given will be useful to a wide range of skill levels. The author showcases a remarkable variety of programs, many of which are quite expensive, but most of the examples are easily translatable to cheaper and more widely available software. The full-color art is beautiful and inspiring, and even those who don't aspire to create computer art may find the book worthwhile for its display of fantasy and science-fiction art. The glossary has complete definitions, and links are provided to software publishers and other places of interest to fantasy artists.
Paul Brink, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael Burns is a writer and journalist who has worked on many leading graphic and digital magazines. He was editor-in-chief of Computercreative, editor of CGI magazine, and is a regular contributor to CreateOnLine, Macworld, and Computer Arts. He lives in North London, UK.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823015742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823015740
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By ufobooks on December 11, 2002
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This book is full of nice images, if I can say so it is more a gallery of Digital Fantasy Art then a training book, the editorial review is a little misleading. It is not a training nor lesson book, it is a Tip book only. For instance, there will be a picture on the page and the author will explain 1-2 tips on how they created the light for that particular piece, nothing extraordinary. Not only that, but most of the images and "tutorials/tips" can be found on the internet. All you have to do is do a search on Epilouge or search other digital art sites etc. and you will find many of the images that are in the book.

The author's details about hardware and computers are mundane and "filler up" material. The target of this book is for beginners only. Other skill levels will want something of more substance.

If you are wanting a book that will learn you how to digital paint try Don Seegimiller's books. If you would like to learn how to create compositions and/or image effects you will not receive this from this book, only a smattering of tips (which are good, but not detailed enough). Books like these should be giving tips that are rare and unknown, not re-hashing tips the reader already knows.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2003
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This book mostly contains some step by step screen shots. The book talks mostly about using photoshop as a tool for texturing, and painting. It goes a little bit in other 3d programs such as Maya, 3d max, and Poser. But only covers a few modifiers or special effects. There is no real indepth explanation. As someone who works with 3d max and photoshop, I only recommend it if you are a beginner. The instruction are more like tips here and there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob S. on January 11, 2012
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I've been trying to find a book to learn how to paint digitally for a while now. I was hoping this could of been it according to the title. Since I'm a beginner with no real photoshop experience I need a simplistic step by step guide. I'm sure some of you have found it's really hard to find a book for us noobs. This book is not it. It contains many overviews into different artists thinking process. Most of them use multiple art/cad packages in this book. For example, one artist may use maya, 3d studia max and then photoshop. Who really has all those tools? There are only a few that cover photoshop alone and other than a glance into the thought process of a true professional you won't learn anything from this book. Seriously most of the step by step guides are one or two pages for something that may have taken the artist 24 hours to complete. Unfortunately this book was not for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CB on October 1, 2007
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I bought this book impressed by the variety of digital art reproduced within it. However, I also expected that there would be some helpful tutorials discussing how to achieve the effects in the artwork. While some tutorials are included, they are hardly of the helpful, step-by-step variety - the eager learner is given short-shrift and the tutorial explanations are very shallow and less-than-helpful. For those looking for some nice art to look at, certainly pick this book up. However, if you want a book to learn from, go somewhere else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Lee Mellings on October 7, 2008
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I was disappointed that the book featured mostly posed 3d model type illustration and offered little in the way of actually painting on the computer. Maybe the title should have been digital fantasy image creation techniques. Being a painter I was just offended that the poser files with some lighting and photo shop filters is classified as painting. There are some good examples in the book of his technique and there are a few varied techniques. I was just hoping for something more about painting specifically.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Swaner on July 11, 2005
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Hello there. I am a 3D artist and a wannabe indie game designer. A year or two back I had no clue how to start on making art and or what to use. I didn't know what NURBs meant, I didn't know about rigging, texturing, animation, rendering, anything like that. Well, this book isn't going to tell you how to do that but it certainly helped me start out. This book contains breath-taking art from a massive amount of programs and tells you a short walkthrough on how they made it. This is a great book for beginners to get started on, learn some technical terms, know the names of these programs so they can do a little research on them, and get inspiration. This book is amazing! Even if you are an artist you should get this book. It's great!
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