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Ink Bloom: Draw and Paint a Fantasy Adventure Paperback – May 14, 2010
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Chris walks you through the creating process, allowing the reader to see what is involved in creating illustrations for a story. From scene selection to attention to written details, he highlights how to use visual cues to enhance the scene tension & story momentum.
The mixed media style of his work provides a unique effect in the feeling of his illustrations, and he generously shares that method through several step-by-step projects. As if the book weren't enough- the DVD is a wonderful supplement, showing the techniques in action.
In short, the story is fun (would love to see more of Hachi), and the methods and projects are awe inspiring. If you can do these projects, then there isn't much you won't be able to create with a little imagination.
Was I a huge fan at first? I saw Jim on an Internet video with the jeans and the goatee and the "not so specific" paint talk. You know, calling paint, "blue," instead of "phtalo blue," or "ultramarine". At first I thought, 'hack'. Jim helped me understand something no one had been successful at teaching me a couple hundred dollars later: I was over-thinking at the WRONG stages of my art! He's not a hack. He's a great, accomplished, professional artist who knows when to say, "blue" and when to say, "create a luminescent glaze using the alizarin crimson..." That's the stroke of genius I hope you'll pick up when you pick up your own copy of InkBloom. Good book. You still reading this? Man, get off my review and go buy Inkbloom NOW!