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Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques [Paperback]

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Feb. 3 2009 ImagineFX

As computer-based drawing and painting programs become more sophisticated, the audience for fantasy art keeps growing along with it. Produced in association with the renowned magazine ImagineFX, this visually striking guide helps readers learn how to produce top-quality digital fantasy images in styles ranging from manga to gothic. Focusing on a small number of popular creative painting programs, this workshop includes plenty of step-by-step screen grabs and simple, detailed instructions. Would-be fantasy artists will be able to progress from basic “pencil” roughs to line art and, ultimately, to finished color pieces. A gallery of FXpose images includes work by fantasy masters such as Alan Lee, Todd Lockwood, Jim Burns, Linda Begkvist, and others.

 

 


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ImagineFX is the only magazine for Fantasy and Sci-Fi artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, galleries and interviews, features, community news, software and hardware reviews, and the latest sci-fi and fantasy films and comics.

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Transferring a stunning, fantastical image from our mind through our hands and on to our canvas can be frustratingly hard to do. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking detailed instructions May 12 2009
By Sky
Format:Paperback
I've explored a number of similar titles and most of them suffer from lack of detailed instructions, introducing you to concepts but not specific methods of realizing them digitally. If you haven't yet looked at any of the titles that promise to familiarize you with digital painting techniques this would be a good investment in comparison to other similar alternatives and it will be quite apt as you are mastering the digital medium, but so far, for me, the best title that offers good instructions on digital painting remains Creative Photoshop by Derek Lea. Second best being The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book by Threinen-Pendarvis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Here's a great tutorial style book for those interested in digital painting. Fantasy Workshop is a compilation of tutorials that have been published in monthly ImagineFX issues. If you are already a regular subscriber, you'll see very similar tutorials in Fantasy Workshop.

The tutorials are split into three categories, namely Characters, Scenes & Stories and Manga. At the end is a short FXpose section, which like the magazine, features illustrations from individual artists.

The tutorials are presented in a step-by-step manner with plenty of screenshots and well explained captions. Each artist will talk about their workflow, tips, techniques and shortcuts to creating digital art. More specifically for example, they will talk about how they create realism through texture, and also why they created it that way.

Since the book is about mastering digital painting, you'll see tons of examples on how to recreate paint effects using software. By examples I mean they will show the digital tools used, menus, and settings. The software used are Painter and Photoshop but the art techniques are usually easily achievable in either software.

There are also a few pages where the artists answer fans' questions relating to creating art.

This is a recommended book for anyone into digital painting. There's enough variety featured for everyone to learn a new trick or two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice way to catch up on new techniques. June 7 2011
By paka3d
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Over the years, I've always tried to remain current with the latest tools and design techniques, regarding Digital art. ImagineFX's magazine has been a great help on this journey, and I found this particular item to be a great time saver. Having all the tutorials from the monthly magazine condensed into one huge magazine is just brilliant. It's a perfect resource for all the latest techniques and in my opinion is essential for any artist. Creating production quality artwork quickly is difficult. But with practice and this book by your side, any thing is possible.

Pascal Chaumette
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for those new to ImagineFX magazine. Jan. 9 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a book that includes some very good tutorials taken from various issues of ImagineFX magazine.

If your a long time subscriber and have all the issues you might as well stop here since you probably have all of these already. For those of you that are like myself and are new the the wonderfull world of ImagineFX then this is a good buy considering the price and the amount of tutorials included compared to a single issue cost of the magazine.

You get some great steps and ideas from this book with some excellent pictures from a lot of great artists. I did find however that I do have a few tutorials already that are included in this book and prefer the magazines version primarily since the books version felt somewhat condensed however the key elements are still there.

Anyone who wants to further there knowledge on working digital should buy this book and then also get an IFX subscription.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of tips and techniques well explained Feb. 5 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here's a great tutorial style book for those interested in digital painting. Fantasy Workshop is a compilation of tutorials that have been published in monthly ImagineFX issues. If you are already a regular subscriber, you'll see very similar tutorials in Fantasy Workshop.

The tutorials are split into three categories, namely Characters, Scenes & Stories and Manga. At the end is a short FXpose section, which like the magazine, features illustrations from individual artists.

The tutorials are presented in a step-by-step manner with plenty of screenshots and well explained captions. Each artist will talk about their workflow, tips, techniques and shortcuts to creating digital art. More specifically for example, they will talk about how they create realism through texture, and also why they created it that way.

Since the book is about mastering digital painting, you'll see tons of examples on how to recreate paint effects using software. By examples I mean they will show the digital tools used, menus, and settings. The software used are Painter and Photoshop but the art techniques are usually easily achievable in either software.

There are also a few pages where the artists answer fans' questions relating to creating art.

This is a recommended book for anyone into digital painting. There's enough variety featured for everyone to learn a new trick or two.

Here's the list of contents:
- Mind's Eye to Digital Canvas - Jehan Choo
- Modern Classical Painting - Marta Dahlig
- Paint Realistic Ears - Katerina Sokolova
- Paint Realistic Lips - Katerina Sokolova
- Digital Hairstyling - John Kearney
- Paint Realistic Hands - Marta Dahlig
- Create a Heroic Valkryie - Lorland Chan
- Drawing and Painting Dragons - James Strehle
- Create 3D Illustrations - Loic Zimmerman
- Painting a Mythical Beast - Joel Carlo
- An Army Summoned - Mike Corriero
- Create a LOTR-Inspired Orc - Jeff Murchie
- Quick Character Design Concept - Francis Tsai
- Painting Creepy Portraits - Mike Mitchell
- Speed Painting a Zombie - Patrick Reilly
- Painting a Nightmare - Cyril Van Der Haegen
- Create a Great Background - Melanie Delon
- 25 Custom Brush Tips - Patrick Reilly
- Dramatic Concept Art - David Levy
- Create a Dark Urban Nightmare - Lee Carter
- Manga Character Illustration - Michael Chomicki
- Create Fantasy Manga - Cris De Lara
- Fiery Dragon Princess - Svetlin Velinov

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great. May 6 2009
By Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a little disappointed with this book. It is not terrible, but it is not loaded with hands on instruction or technique either. What it is is a bunch of reprints of "tutorials" previously found in the Imagine FX magazine. Sometimes these tutorials refer you to a CD, published with the magazines, but not included with this book. Not such a bad thing really, however, it is the lack of real "instruction" thats the issue. Mostly this book is just a bunch of artists talking in vague terms about how they accomplished a project. More detailed explanation would have been nice. Its really not much of a workshop at all. However, there are some gems in here, and some great artwork that can be inspiring, but for someone looking to break into digital painting/rendering . . . well, I'd still say this is a worthy purchase, but it won't live up to its claim of "Mastering Digital Painting Techniques." (I know, I know. Only time and skill will accomplish this. But they do claim it in the title. ;) ) However, for the price, it is still a nice to have. I personally found other books more informative, such as Hi-Fi Color For Comics: Digital Techniques for Professional Results
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking detailed instructions June 26 2009
By Sky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've explored a number of similar titles and most of them suffer from lack of detailed instructions, introducing you to concepts but not specific methods of realizing them digitally. If you haven't yet looked at any of the titles that promise to familiarize you with digital painting techniques this would be a good investment in comparison to other similar alternatives and it will be quite apt as you are mastering the digital medium, but so far, for me, the best title that offers good instructions on digital painting remains Creative Photoshop by Derek Lea. Second best being The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book by Threinen-Pendarvis.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a learning tool Jan. 9 2011
By Lu Fig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Imagine that your'e learning guitar and on the first day your instructor does a crazy solo, hands you the guitar and says "do that". Thats the kind of instruction you can expect from this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of New Ideas and Techniques Aug. 9 2009
By John Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is not for beginners. It is best suited to those who already have a fair degree of mastery in Adobe Photoshop and want to gain new ideas and techniques from established masters in digital painting, in fantasy, science fiction and even advanced Manga artforms.

The book is written in separate "chapters", each written by a different digital artist and following the creation of a piece of digital art from start to finish. I found the creative ideas of each piece inspiring and techniques used to create them extremely useful. In my view, the best way to use the book is to flick through it, find the project that best approximates to the image or effect you want to create and then follow the well-illustrated, step-by-step guide to how that piece of digital art was done.

I found it good value for money and a source of inspiration and assistance that I keep close at hand for my own work.
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