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Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes [Paperback]

Rob Alexander , Martin McKenna
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July 1 2006
Artists interested in graphic novels and comic book illustration will find all the guidance and inspiration they need to draw and paint landscapes that evoke myths and legends, lost empires, futuristic planets, dramatic dreamscapes, underwater worlds, and subterranean cities. Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations demonstrate techniques for rendering a wide range of fantasy features, whether working in ink, watercolor, or computer pixels. Details covered in this heavily illustrated volume include -- choice of materials, with advice on getting the most from software programs . . . basics of perspective, architectural geometry, color, mood, and seasonal variations . . . landscape features, including skies, clouds, mountains, caves, deserts, snow, and water reflections . . . imagined landscapes from ancient cultures, future worlds, alien planets, undersea worlds, and surreal dreamscapes . . . cityscapes, from medieval towns to the metropolis of the future . . . famous fantasy worlds, from Atlantis to Middle Earth. This good-looking and instructive volume features a gallery of fantasy and science fiction images among its more than 200 color illustrations.

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Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes + How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture: From Ancient Citadels and Gothic Castles to Subterranean Palaces and Floating Fortresses + The Fantasy Illustrator's Technique Book
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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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By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
Working Digitally
Using references
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
Water World
Dream Scape

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

A Land of Giants
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter's Book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time 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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for amateurs and professionals alike! Feb. 8 2007
By H. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding 'how to' guide any aspiring fantasy artist can learn from. Nov. 6 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE ADDITION TO ANY FANTASY LIBRARY April 24 2007
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Learning Aid Feb. 12 2008
By Nicholas Avallone - Published on Amazon.com
A lucid and comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of modern fantasy art-making. There are several featured pieces throughout the book which take the reader step-by-step through the artist's creative process, something I found to be enormously instructive. This book won't make anyone a great artist (no book will) but it will certainly help focus and hone one's techniques, as well as introduce some possibilities one may not have considered before.

I'd recommend for anyone from beginner to advanced skill level: beyond that you probably no longer need a book...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised Jan. 7 2008
By Grace Workman - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book on a whim because it was a 2 for 1 deal with the "Fantasy Illustrator's Technique book" and I didn't have any expectations for it. I found myself refering to this book a great deal, more than the original book I bought. I used it for techniques on getting depth/distance to paintings, lighting, and for inspiration from pictures of different fantasy landscapes. It had mostly oils and digital art in it. I wish it had more on acrylic techniques, such as specifics on glazing or textures, but oh well, it's been a great buy, and I would recommend it for the mid to advanced level amature artist with fantasy interests.
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