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Bold Visions: A Digital Painting Bible [Paperback]

Gary Tonge
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July 15 2008

This comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the rapidly expanding area of digital painting features beautifully displayed finished works of art alongside practical demonstrations. Artists will learn to create a wide range of subject matter from futuristic spacescapes and revolutionary vehicles to medieval landscapes and beautiful maidens. An in-depth materials section introduces all the equipment you are likely to need, from computer hardware and software to more traditional art media. A detailed basic techniques section caters to both newcomers to the digital medium and those who wish to brush up on their skills.



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Gary Tonge is one of the UK's foremost games concept designers, currently working for Swordfish Studio (Vivendi/Sierra) as Art Director. He has his own freelance concept and illustration business where his clients include the BBC, Rock Planet Album Covers and National Geographic; his work can be seen at www.visionafar.com.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a starter guide to digital painting Feb. 27 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:24 Mins
Bold Visions is more of a starter guide to digital painting than a bible.

It goes through the core art techniques such as colour, lighting, composition, research, materials and stuff like that. The good thing is all these concepts are explained clearly with great illustrations as examples.

The techniques and tips are presented in a pointer style as well as in the form of several step-by-step workflow screenshots. These step-by-step processes take a look at how Gary Tonge creates his digital sci-fi illustrations, as well as explain the considerations he takes to achieve certain effects -- sometimes dictated by clients. These are not tutorials that go into technical software details like changing opacity jitter and settings.

This book is recommended to beginners to digital paintings, especially fantasy and science-fiction artists.

If you're looking for step-by-step tutorials into digital painting, you might also want to check out ImagineFX's Fantasy Workshop. The tutorials there are slightly more in depth.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't display well on Kindle App for PC Dec 21 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded the kindle version with the intention of reading it on my PC using the kindle app on one monitor while painting on a second screen. Unfortunately, images cannot be zoomed and small labels can be hard to read. Probably a great book, but would definitely not recommend downloading for kindle.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gallery Book NOT a "Painting Bible" Sept. 6 2008
By Candy S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The art work is fantastic but if you're looking for a step-by-step this isn't the book for you. The author discusses in very broad terms several topics, (such as lighting), but there isn't enough detail to make them applicable. The art is georgeous and the book provides inspiration but offers little real-world help.
53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a starter guide Feb. 27 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bold Visions is more of a starter guide to digital painting than a bible.

It goes through the core art techniques such as colour, lighting, composition, research, materials and stuff like that. The good thing is all these concepts are explained clearly with great illustrations as examples.

The techniques and tips are presented in a pointer style as well as in the form of several step-by-step workflow screenshots. These step-by-step processes take a look at how Gary Tonge creates his digital sci-fi illustrations, as well as explain the considerations he takes to achieve certain effects -- sometimes dictated by clients. These are not tutorials that go into technical software details like changing opacity jitter and settings.

This book is recommended to beginners to digital paintings, especially fantasy and science-fiction artists.

If you're looking for step-by-step tutorials into digital painting, you might also want to check out ImagineFX's Fantasy Workshop. The tutorials there are slightly more in depth.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a "bible" Dec 25 2009
By W. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While the book and art are gorgeous, I wouldn't call it a "bible". There are simply no details in how he does his work. The back of the book even states "step by step demonstrations show you how to work with color, light, texture, and special effects in Photoshop and awe inspiring..." but his "step by step" consists of "step 1: do a sketch, step 2: refine it, step 3: refine it more", etc., until the image is done. There are no technical details such as "Here is how I draw straight lines" or "these are my brush settings" or "here is how I achieve this effect".

If you are wanting to see snapshots of how he works, this book is for you. If you are wanting to learn HOW to digitally paint, then I would look elsewhere.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration for Digital Artists Sept. 20 2008
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book not only showcases beautiful and inspiring works of art, it provides advice and guidelines for artists hoping to develop their talents further. Be aware that the book does NOT provide step-by-step instructions, lists of tools, etc. on how each piece is done; that's to its credit. Rarely do artists do things in the exact same way. Gary Tonge simply presents his work and explains the concepts and processes that went into it. There are some examples of composition provided, although not with concrete rules, and an explanation of how light diffuses in some of his pieces, as well as sections on the importance of color, scale, perspective, and texures. This is not a rulebook or a stiff outline of steps. This is a guidebook. It offers suggestions and leaves the interpretation up to the reader. If you want a step-by-step tutorial, this is not for you. If you want inspiration and an understanding of what makes Tonge's art so dynamic, it's an invaluable text regardless of your choice of medium.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book To Inspire You, But... Sept. 8 2008
By J. London - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author speaks in GENERAL TERMS when explaining his process for the 'start to finish' of particular projects. It is NOT a step by step guide if that's what you are looking for. You can still pick up some interesting ideas for starting a project of your own.
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