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Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang Paperback – Jun 27 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT (June 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610233
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Currently Executive Vice President of ImageMovers Digital, a Walt Disney Company, Doug Chiang has earned an Academy Award, two British Academy Awards and a Clio Award. He joined Industrial Light and Magic in 1989 and Lucasfilm LTD in 1995, becoming creative director and visual effects art director. He has worked on many blockbuster films including Terminator 2, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, The Mask, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Polar Express, and War of the Worlds. He has written and illustrated several books, including Robota (Chronicle Books 2003), which he created and co-wrote with Orson Scott Card. His artwork has been in major exhibitions around the world.
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For those into concept art, this book is worth having. There are concept art exercises in the book for you to start building up a portfolio and challenging designs. A good book to have for inspiration and to put in your collection of concept art bookshelf.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2009
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It's not very often you see a great concept artist come up with a tutorial book. Here, we have a great book by Doug Chiang. He's the concept artist for big movie hits like Star Wars, War of the Worlds and Terminator just to name a few.

In this book are 30 lessons and step-by-step tutorials for creating science fiction art, mainly robots. There are details and tips for using Photoshop.

Through these pages, one can see Doug Chiang's process of creating sci-fi concept art. It's always interesting to find out how other artist work, especially one of such high caliber.

His work has also appeared in other books like Robota, and The Art of Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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This is a very good book for the sci-fi/fantasy artist.

Doug goes through step by step processes starting from traditional sketch to felt pen, ink, airbrush, and sometimes to digital. The majority of his work is done traditionaly I'd have to say and as a digital artist myself this was a nice and enjoyable read that brought me back to doing more traditional work which is getting interesting. Everything Doug writes just makes sense and gave me better understanding on building up a concept using traditional tools.

For the price of this book on Amazon it's a no brainer; get it! You won't regret it!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0864474) out of 5 stars Tutorials from a pro Nov. 10 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's not very often you see a great concept artist come up with a tutorial book. Here, we have a great book by Doug Chiang. He's the concept artist for big movie hits like Star Wars, War of the Worlds and Terminator just to name a few.

In this book are 30 lessons and step-by-step tutorials for creating science fiction art, mainly robots. There are details and tips for using Photoshop.

Through these pages, one can see Doug Chiang's process of creating sci-fi concept art. It's always interesting to find out how other artist work, especially one of such high caliber.

His work has also appeared in other books like Robota, and The Art of Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a99c00) out of 5 stars Worth The Wait July 30 2008
By colie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For those of you who've seen the author's art in print or person, the stars are no surprise. If you haven't seen his work, this book not only showcases his talents and skills as a designer/renderer in finished pieces, it gives direct insight and instruction on how he gets there. From pencil sketch to marker render to digital finished product, Doug takes you through his approach to getting an idea onto a medium.

What seperates this book from other "how-to" books in this design field is it's engaging simplicity in execution. Doug's broken the book into easy-to-browse chapters that cover different techniques and design subject matter in each. This is to it's benefit, as each step encompasses not only fundamental techniques of execution, but Doug's insights on the design of the subject matter. There is little, if any, over-explaining. The instructional images do the talking with simple text accompanying each.

Did I mention it's really hard to find a good (if any) book on marker techniques? This one's the best I've seen. So if you've been thinking about trying markers as a new style, this is a must have.

An all-out great purchase and true bargain considering you get a concept design, multiple-technique, step-by-step package by a truly exceptional and highly respected industry artist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07c53f0) out of 5 stars good enough for the price Jan. 5 2012
By jmrconcept - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, this book is ok for the money, but is not a must have imo. The final results of the exercises are not master pieces by any means as some of Chiang work. And after following some examples, the others are pretty much the same stuff but with a diferent subject. It looks like he just put the minimun energy in this book to make it decent and to mantain his reputation, but i can't see a great compromise for giving all the information he could. I might be wrong of course. So, don't have big hopes with this books, and for 16 dollars is ok, you will learn some things.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09cc630) out of 5 stars Useful book July 15 2009
By Charlie R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While this isn't an in depth book on drawing, it does give some useful advice on how you can start to go about creating your own work, using the book as a reference guide. Written by someone with a lot of experience of working in a professional environment, Doug talks about some of the basic principles for producing good work. Always encouraging to see that something which looks difficult and complex started out as a modest sketch. If you're going to be able to draw as well as this you need to spend a fair bit of time doing normal observational drawing, Doug has an excellent eye for form and perspective. You don't get this good just from working from photos or spending all your time in Photoshop.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c49bc4) out of 5 stars Beginning level only June 12 2011
By Adrian D. Nedelcu - Published on Amazon.com
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While it isn't necessariy a bad book, it's appearance is in line with more intermediate-advanced tutorial books. In actuality, it's simple a paint by the numbers setup to replicate an existing drawing. Pretty much useless in developing your own working method or gaining any real understanding of the technical illustration techniques required to actually create original artwork along the same lines.

What really made me dislike this work is that a majority of designs are roughly the same, crab or spider like lower half with what appears to be an alienware computer tower glued on top. The author frequently claims that it's not important to create working designs as long as they look cool and that photoshop is an adequate painting program. This made me cringe as an illustration student. Photoshop was never intended to be used for digital painting, and there are far cheaper and better alternatives out there for digital painting and illustration.

Everyone has their own view on the subject, yes, but I believe that striving to create believable fantasy is better than just creating something with the "deal with it" attitude.

I was expecting a technical manual geared towards working creatives and instead got the how to draw manga equivalent of science fiction illustration.

Less like this and more like color and light by james gurney please.


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