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Space Art: How to Draw and Paint Planets, Moons, and Landscapes of Alien Worlds Paperback – July 10, 2007
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Space Art is not a primer on painting, although a beginner can pick up valuable techniques unlikely to be covered in more traditional "how to" books. While there is a good, brief discussion of media and tools, and an excellent presentation on color, the book assumes a basic knowledge of how to mix and work acrylics. What the beginning painter might find particularly useful, however, is Carroll's discussion, throughout the book, on how to "see" -- how to observe and depict the interplay of light and objects and atmosphere.
Any basic art book will contain a diagram showing how to render and shade the cube, cone, and sphere, but Space Art links this exercise to nature in a way that traditional art books generally do not. For example, most landscape artists rarely paint the moon correctly, either depicting it as a featureless white disk or a weird, banana-shaped crescent. This is, I think, because they haven't made the conceptual leap that allows them to see the moon as a sphere, subject to the same rules of lighting as is an orange in a fruit bowl.Read more ›
2. Earth-like worlds
3. The Gas Giants
4. Worlds beyond Neptune
Followed by "Resources for artists in the age of Space Exploration.
144 pages. To say it is well illustrated is an understatement.
A fine resource and inspiration. Lots of step by step instruction.
If the title interests you, you will not be disappointed.
Diane C. Donovan
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Outstanding lessons in how to view the drawing/painting of space scenes.Published 3 months ago by M. A. Meredith
it shows you step by step instructions with acrylic paints I haven't been through the whole book yet i'm hoping it shows how to do space art in colored pencilPublished 7 months ago by rob valentine
Whether you use traditional medium or digital tools, this book is awesome!
Must have in my humble opinion for any library.
I wanted to know how to create space art using colored pencils, but the majority of this title is dedicated to painting, not using colored pencils. I was disappointed.Published 24 months ago by NonSponTane