Fantasy Clip Art: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Professional-Looking Fantasy Artwork Hardcover – Jun 1 2007
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About the Author
In 2003, Kevin Crossley left his decade-long tenure as a video game concept artist to go freelance. His work has appeared in numerous fantasy gaming titles as well as in several instructional art books. In 2005 he produced his first fantasy comic art for 2000 AD and Mam Tor's Event Horizon. Kevin calls Sheffield, England, home.
Top Customer Reviews
The author spends the first part of the book giving a brief look back at human imagination and the need to express ourselves, going back through time to the advent of cave paintings. He follows this with a quick introduction to the file contents of the compact disc and plants the seeds in the reader's mind as to how the image files he has provided can let your imagination roam free in the world of fantasy art. The art files contain high-res files of characters, accessories and backgrounds. There is also a file folder full of low-res images for those those who may have older computers. The Characters folder contains 25 pre-drawn files of Orcs, Faeries, Ogres, Horses and more. The Accessories folder contains everything the well-equipped fantasy creature could need from hats to shoes and every weapon in between. In the Background folder, you will find 8 detailed backdrops for your fantasy art piece. As each file is layered, you can adjust elements of each image to suit yourself. You can also remove layers or copy layers over from another image file to make your own unique images based on the art provided.
Information about the art files is followed by a quick two-page briefing about the basic technology needs for creating digital art. Followed by this is a short tutorial on the PhotoShop tools you will most use for editing the images and then colouring them.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Basically, I'm prohibited from using any derivative works I create with this book for any reason, any time, without paying royalties. So, if I really like the look of the _arm_ of one of the characters in the book and attach it to a character of my own creation in one frame in my 30 page, 180-frame comic, I'm screwed.
Other clip art books (e.g., Dover) wisely note that the clip art is for actual use, and as long as I don't try to sell their clip art in a clip art book (thereby competing directly), or make a derivative work that is mostly their stuff, they allow me free use of the art I purchase. Unfortunately, Crossley (or his publisher) doesn't understand the purpose of clip art books, and sadly places his "valuable" intellectual property safely out of my reach in any practical way.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I ordered this damned book new, and it has a sharpie mark on the bottom of it, and the license is way too restrictive