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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; Original edition (November 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600613411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600613418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francis Tsai is a world-renowned conceptual designer. He was the principal artist for Darkwatch and has worked on many fantasy gaming assignments, including Tomb Raider, Star Trek, The Bourne Identity, Spyhunter 2, Whacked and Myst 3. He also works extensively for major comic publishers including Top Cow and Devil's Due and is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine. He lives in San Diego, California. www.teamgt.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CB on June 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are a number of "How To" guides out there these days that offer to teach elements of a particular kind of art - sci-fi art, fantasy art, noir comics, etc. These guides focus largely on the nuance, etc., of the styles discussed and don't necessarily get into the fundamentals (i.e. anatomy, costume, etc. - which, rightly should be covered in other books). "Extreme Worlds" (I'll call it EW from here on) is one of these books, but unlike many of its predecessors, it does a decent job of highlighting the methods of modern sci-fi artists understandably.

If you're familiar with anything Wizards of the Coast has produced in recent years, then you've likely seen the artwork of EW's author, Francis Tsai. He's an excellent artist, working largely in digital media, and is an obvious choice for this book. As it is, EW has three sections:

1) Basic Concepts, in which tools of the trade (including digital media), shapes, perspective, color, etc. are discussed. By and large, 2-3 pages are devoted to each section, and aren't particularly deep, but enough to give an introduction to what is discussed. For instance, the "Color" section discusses the color wheel, and terms like "hue," "saturation" and "temperature" are discussed. A few artworks in this section are taken from start to finish to show how traditional and digital media "work." This section is probably the weakest of the three sections simply because it is the one that offers the least depth to the artist.

2) Demos, which shows the creation of characters (a humanoid, an alien and a robot), vehicles, and environments from start to finish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 24, 2010
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The first part goes into the basics like tools, theories and techniques required to get into sci-fi art.

The second part, the Demos section features illustrations which are broken down into step-by-step sequences where you can follow along, or apply the techniques to your own creation. You'll learn how to draw humanoids, aliens, monsters, spaceships, vehicles, robots, spaceport, interiors and backgrounds.

There are tutorials on digital art creation as well as digital painting. The explanation is simple and easy to follow. There are plenty of practical tips and insights that address not just on how to create but also why it's done that way.

The final part of the book takes a concept "Space Opera" and develops the world around it, the story, characters and spaceships.

Extreme Worlds is a nice and simple beginner guide for artists who want to create their own sci-fi worlds.

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You can check out more art from Francis Tsai on his website. I'm a follower of his blog and is really impressed with his intricate 3D models created using the free Google Sketchup, which are then painted over.

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(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stopher on November 27, 2009
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This is a fine place to begin to understand fantasy design for games and movies. Francis Tsai does a wonderful job of breaking down the fundamentals and helping the reader to grasp what makes an effective image. Along with his other book, "100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures", you get an insight into what it takes to work in the industry and what will be expected of you. Well done and thank you Mr. Tsai!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2011
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Over all this book was excellent, a nice follow up to Tsai's first book...100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures

In the first one it was more like a collection of different tips and suggestions, which was nice but not to directly useful or ground breaking really. This book however was much better both in terms of layout and content. It broke down the artists actual working process, which I have always found to be most helpful to be able to study. This is done through several examples of both character and vehicle sketches, from initial gesture through to finished painting. A good over view of science fiction art, and better than the usual "how to" book. Lot's of little gems an stuff in here to pick up on.

That said...this is not a book for a beginning artist. The examples within are not so much intended as "follow along" kind of how to draw techniques, but as a sample of a type of work flow that could be adapted and incorporated into your own. At least I think that is more the intent of them, but if nothing else just the artwork alone is a nice inspiration. This won't take you through the basics of drawing, and it is very specific...science fiction concept artwork...in it's subject matter. If you need basics, you have to look elsewhere...but for a more advanced art student, or even industry pro, this is a nice inspirational book that you might pick up a tip or two from.
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