100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures Paperback – Oct 10 2008
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About the Author
Francis Tsai is a renowned conceptual designer who has just completed work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for Warner. He was the principal artist for Darkwatch and has worked on many other fantasy gaming assignments, as well as pen and paper role playing games, manuals and trading cards. He is a regular contributor to ImagineFX magazine.
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This book is not really on art techniques, there are no step-by-step tutorials to follow along. It's one that gives ideas to think about when trying to come up with a character.
That being said, the writeup for the book is pretty good. It gives a lot of ideas on things that can be changed or added to enhance the characters. It can be on costume design, colour combination, using silhouettes, thinking like the character itself, etc. All come with nice illustrated paintings as examples.
This book is more of a resource book that's great when brainstorming for ideas.
If you're looking for techniques, check out ImagineFX's book called Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
The author explains very well introductory color and light theory and how it applies to his images. The pictures are stunning and a very good source of insperation. This is not a step by step guide as mentioned by others however it does not fall short of guiding you to the steps you would need to take to start creating your own pieces with such excellent quality as this artist does.
The price of this book on Amazon is amazing considering the amount of wonderfull pieces of art that are included.
Still a great book to look at for minor inspirations.