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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (July 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764132601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764132605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rob Alexander is a Canadian artist working in the publishing, magazine, computer gaming, and collectable card game markets. He paints fine art, fantasy, science fiction, children's illustrations, and contemporary landscapes and has received numerous awards, including a prestigious Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

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Format: Paperback
This book with the subtitle, “Create Your Own Mythical Cities, Planets and Lost Worlds” is more about learning the basics and using digital tools to become competent in creating fantasy worlds.

This is a 125-page, softcover book the 1st half of the book covers such topics as:

Pencils & Ink
Watercolor/ Acrylics
Oil
Working Digitally
Sketching
Using references
Perspectives
Values, light and shadow
Architectural details
Distance, Depth and Scale

Skies & Clouds
Mountains & Caves
Forests, Trees & Foliage
Sand and Snow
Water & Reflections

Learning these basic design skills leads the author, Rob Alexander, to discuss such topics like:

Ancient Cities
Aqua City
Forest City
Subterranean City
Mountain Range
Seascape
Water World
Dream Scape

The last section, “Gallery,” covers some of his jaw-dropping pieces such as:

A Land of Giants
Nightlands
Desert of Ice and Sand
Vistas of Ruins
Watery Domains
Towering Fantasy and
Fantastic Viewpoints

As an artist for well over 30 years, this is a great resource as a reference guide for artist and a great learning tool for up and coming artists.

Great, great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DucknCover on Nov. 12 2010
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Great book for starters. You'll learn most of the basics skills needed. Highly not recommended for those already experienced with the basics of art,
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Graff on Jan. 30 2013
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It came on time, is the same as shown in the picture and was in perfect condtion. Not much else to say.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great for amateurs and professionals alike! Feb. 8 2007
By H. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have an ever expanding library of art books focusing on techniques for drawing and painting. This by far is one of the best I have found. It covers ever medium from oils to computer aided illustration, offering insight into seeking sources for inspiration, planning and design, and final implementation. The author provides examples from well known and well respected artists, helping both the professional and amateur develop their skills. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking guidance for their art.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Books On Drawing & Painting. FANTASY LANDSCAPES & CITISCAPES: A Critical Review. Aug. 22 2012
By Andre Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book with the subtitle, "Create Your Own Mythical Cities, Planets and Lost Worlds" is more about learning the basics and using digital tools to become competent in creating fantasy worlds.

This is a 125-page, softcover book the 1st half of the book covers such topics as:

Pencils & Ink
Watercolor/ Acrylics
Oil
Working Digitally
Sketching
Using references
Perspectives
Values, light and shadow
Architectural details
Distance, Depth and Scale

Skies & Clouds
Mountains & Caves
Forests, Trees & Foliage
Sand and Snow
Water & Reflections

Learning these basic design skills leads the author, Rob Alexander, to discuss such topics like:

Ancient Cities
Aqua City
Forest City
Subterranean City
Mountain Range
Seascape
Water World
Dream Scape

The last section, "Gallery," covers some of his jaw-dropping pieces such as:

A Land of Giants
Nightlands
Desert of Ice and Sand
Vistas of Ruins
Watery Domains
Towering Fantasy and
Fantastic Viewpoints

As an artist for well over 30 years, this is a great resource as a reference guide for artist and a great learning tool for up and coming artists.

Great, great book.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A FINE ADDITION TO ANY FANTASY LIBRARY April 24 2007
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I dabble in fantasy art, being much better at looking at it than actually creating the stuff myself. I did enjoy this work. While I will never be as good as the work displayed in this book, I use books such as this for inspiration and motivation. This work is well done. It gives some good, basic tips in developing this particular genre of art. It would be difficult to say if this work is good for beginners or if it is only for the advanced student. We all have our own level. I personally found it helpful, interesting and quite motivating. If nothing else, it is fun to thumb through and just look at the wonderful pictures.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding 'how to' guide any aspiring fantasy artist can learn from. Nov. 6 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fantasy enthusiasts and artists who would create their own cities and worlds will learn much from Rob Alexander, a working illustrator who has moved between games and collectible card game markets to magazine art. He's known for his fantasy and science fiction works as well as for landscapes and fine art, and Drawing & Painting Fantasy Landscapes & Cityscapes combines all his talents, packing in color examples throughout to help with fine drawings of fine art works. An outstanding 'how to' guide any aspiring fantasy artist can learn from.

Diane C. Donovan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
a beautiful beautiful book, but May 29 2010
By design student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book gives an overview o designing fantasy backgrounds. I myself have years and years of drawing and painting experience and I cannot even begin to do the quality of drawings explained in this book. This is really difficult work, you have to be taking college art courses (I'm studying at the Academy of Art University) and it will take me years to get to do this kind of work, but when I look at these pictures I know I will NEVER give up! For inspiration, this is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. It is the most beautiful inspiring delicious book to have on your desk. You will look at the pictures over and over and over! So, good luck to everyone who aspires to be like Rob Alexander (the author)!


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