You read each tip and you get inspired and imagine the possibiities you have if you apply them to your art. A must for Fantasy Art Lovers and Artists! Feb 18, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: Slightly misleading title, but solid advice. Highly reccommended for intermediate artists. Nov 15, Parka rated it it was amazing. More pictures at parkablogs. A lot of the illustrations in the book are from Wizards of the Coast. Francis Tsai is a concept artist and you can find his work on teamgt.
This book is not really on art techniques, there are no step-by-step tutorials to follow along. It's one that gives ideas to think about when trying to come up with a character.
That being said, the writeup for the book is More pictures at parkablogs. That being said, the writeup for the book is pretty good. It gives a lot of ideas on things that can be changed or added to enhance the characters. It can be on costume design, colour combination, using silhouettes, thinking like the character itself, etc. All come with nice illustrated paintings as examples.
This book is more of a resource book that's great when brainstorming for ideas. Mastering Digital Painting Techniques. Jun 21, Sparrowlicious rated it liked it Shelves: You might wonder "why only 3 stars? I'll tell you the answer: Francis Tsai should've used his own advice and learn more about the human body. All his male characters are hulk-like in proportion when it comes to their upper and lower body.
All his female characters look exactly the same, have bad poses did this guy ever try standing the way he places his female characters? He even has the gall to call a typical back stretching exercise which you usually do when lying down a 're You might wonder "why only 3 stars? He even has the gall to call a typical back stretching exercise which you usually do when lying down a 'relaxed stance'. He only applied his good poses and ideas to his male characters. His female characters were all super boring or simply pin-up models. So if you follow the advices in this book - and many of the ideas really were good - you should also apply them to your female characters.
Draw your female characters in amazing poses, give them amazign stories! People who still draw that need to be hit in the sternum really hard. Jan 04, Katy rated it liked it Shelves: A good book for someone starting out in fantasy character design I couldn't say that it's a great aid as it seems to be more advice in what could be done rather then what you should do. Which i liked, but it also feels like something is missing.
It covers everything such as anatomy, painting, colour and sketches only it breezes over everything not going into great depth. The sketches for me were the most interesting, some of the art was amazing but some were quite simply less then impressive. So A good book for someone starting out in fantasy character design I couldn't say that it's a great aid as it seems to be more advice in what could be done rather then what you should do. Overall for the beginner its a very good resource and advice as it doesn't say "DO THIS" it simply suggests what you could do to improve your character work.
Very detailed This is wonderful guide to assist with drawing fantasy because of how detailed it is and how many aspects of art are mentioned and discussed. I would highly recommend this book to both people who already draw fantasy and those interested in beginning fantasy illustrations. Aug 27, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not a learning book, more of an advice book from an great artist.
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Some if it have helped me, mostly to take my drawing more seriously. And some tips to make it more easy.
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I felt my heart more set on a path of being an consept artist after I read this book. It's a great source of inspiration to your fantasy drawings. This book will do just that. Inspiration and confidence on tap. This title had some genuinely useful material in it, but didn't present it near as in depth as it could and therefore should have. The author presents almost every concept with only one example image and while many of them are good at conveying the idea, others are not; more variety in the pictures would have helped explain each point much better, for me at least.
The text was too small.
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Reading it was difficult and somewhat frustrating. On top of that, the text in in the copy I received faded through shades of color as if the printer was running low on ink. It's irritating to try to read. Now I can't blame anyone for that, but with the font already tiny and thin, it became very difficult to read.
All in all, this book was poorly executed I feel, when it could have been so much better with some added depth, variety and different printing choices. Almost all of the illustrations are quite dark. This obscures the details and limits of what you can learn for the variety of characters shown. Its cursory at best. If you are looking for ideas on creating fantasy figures, then the book will have more value. I was totally suprised by the content.
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It just says this and that. Like shows you a manticore and says "somethimes animals are chosen to represent a character trait".
It wont give you any indepth ideas, ways to think, to draw tips to express yourself. Even if i exlude the main problem and the purpuse of the book, i still find the content lacking. It shows "Archetypes" of haracters like: THe ghost, and shows a picure of the forgewraith, but thats it For its pages it barely hold any content.
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