The Digital Painting Bible : for Fantasy and Science-fiction ArtistsBook - 2008
Bold Visiosn is is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to workingwith computers to create powerful art, whether it's your hobby or yourvocation. It provides detailed and easy-to-follow advice on how to get the mostfrom digital materials and tools, on their own or combined with traditionalmedia.
Gary Tonge - one of the UK's top conceptual designers -shares his passion for the creative freedom offered by digital art and showshow you can achieve exciting results. Clear and in-depth instructions on everythingfrom planning your work to making your fantasy pictures believable sitalongside beautiful artworks in this must-have book that's as breathtaking asit is practical.
The in-depth materials section introduces all the equipmentyou'll need, from computer hardware and software (Adobe Photoshop, CorelPainter and 3D modeling packages) to more traditional art media, and the waysin which you can integrate the two mediums.
The detailed basic techniques section caters for newcomersto the digital medium plus those who want to brush up on their skills. Fromeasy to follow techniques for effectively using Adobe Photoshop (tools,brushes, layers, line art) to painting with colour, and advice on using a mouseor tablet, Tonge breaks down the basics.
The Colour and Light chapter explores different concepts andexamines how different colour themes and usage can radically alter the finalfeel of an image, from monochrome palettes through dual tone images to thecareful use of colour to project temperature, depth and emotion.
'Concept work' is the term used for the time when artistsconceive and try out new visial ideas, shapes, colour schemes, backgrounds orcharacters. In the Concept and Design chapter Gary Tonge highlights theimportance of a solid conceptual phase and he runs through the different stagesin a step-by-step format: working from a brief, exploring a theme, composition,focal points and framing, scale and perspective, and painting a concept piece.
The Textures and Special Effects section helps you todiscover just how powerful the tools in paint packages are at helping you toadd texture, light, special effects and colour tweaks to your images.
Diverse subject matter ranges from futuristic spacescapesand revolutionary vehicles to medieval landscapes and beautiful maidens. Tongeexplores how you can transport a real figure into fantasy, and provides tips onhow to create a believable futurescape or bring a fantasy landscape to life;the ability to capture the essence of something real-world and add somethingsupernatural, extraordinary or mystical.
Gary concludes the book with an incredibly useful chapter onWhat to Do with Your Art, from posting your work online and creating internetportfolios to organizing exhibitions, and using your art in games and movies.
'Essential to fantasy and Sci-fiartists alike. The book itself presents a high-gloss, professional approachthat allows the attractive working examples.' --Advanced Photoshop
'A remarkable, well producedguide to creating science fiction and fantasy art on our computer. Callingsomething ' The Bible' of its own particular field is a mite presumptuous, butfor once it's well justified.' --Death Ray
'Your personal digital painting bible [...] written by Gary Tonge, one of theUK's top game concept designers [...] jam-packed with luscious and inspiringimages.' --Photoshop Creative