- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,294,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Fantasy Painting: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Visionary Art On Your Computer
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From School Library Journal
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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Top customer reviews
It gave me a basic understanding of the digital fantasy painting techniques.
However, the images in this book are very small and there are many more (and better) tutorials online or in the ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine (Kindle Tablet Edition) every month.
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.
I am not familiar with 3d programs yet but this book gives examples of many different programs and gave me an idea of what programs I might like to try later. The tutorials were comprehensible and easy to follow as well as showcasing a variety of styles. They were not just sketch-detail sketch-end product the way that I've found many other tutoral books to be. Instead it shows the layering and painting process with each of the pieces, which is exactly what I was looking for. If you want nitty-gritty details, I suggest buying the "bible" for whatever program you want to find out more about. There's only so much you can do in a 160 page book, especially if you want an index and title page and whatnot ^.~