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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT Books; annotated edition edition (30 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440309094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440309090
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gary Tonge is one of the UK's foremost concept designers. He is Art Director at Swordfish Studios and recent projects he has managed include 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand and Operation Flashpoint 2 and 3. He also runs his own freelance business VisionAfar whose clients include the BBC, Vivendi, Sims and National Geographic. He lives in Coventry, UK. www.visionafar.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Flores on 19 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been trying for ages to develop my digital design art work, as a user of a number of design packages; I've found it hard to get that extra something in my art.
This book has allowed me to start exploring my current design skill and improve the tools i have.

This book is not a "will make me good at art" or "Photoshop for dummies" but a skill enhancer. Having looked through a lot of the design work by the author "Gary Tonge" i can't wait to try out these techniques and hopefully improve on my current skill level.

I've read some of the reviews on this book, and it seems to me that some people are looking for a miracle to make them artists. Whereas a Haynes manual won't make you a mechanic this won't make you an artist.

This is definitely one for the design library as I've learnt a couple of techniques which have benefited me loads.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2012
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I don't find this book very useful.

While there are tutorials, the instructions are often vague. The subject matter are often too brief and not comprehensive enough.

They do tell you the tips and techniques involved in achieving certain effects, but they either don't show you the process of getting there or several steps are missing and you have to guess how it was achieved.

There's a beginner example on using photos as reference. It's about putting a car onto a background with mountains behind basked in beautiful sunset. Step 1 involves finding a beautiful photo of the background. Step 2 involves finding a photo of the car. Step 3 is the final result of the car basked in the same beautiful sunset as the mountains. The example do mention that lighting and reflections were wrong in the car to begin with, but it never actually showed how they were corrected. And just like magic, the final result painted itself. That happens often in the book.

If you're absolutely new to digital painting with no knowledge at all, yes, you can learn from some of the tips. But even then, I won't really recommend this book because for the same amount of money, you can get better books.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WIBBLA on 19 Mar 2012
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After recieveing my book about a month ago i have been back and forward to it on a regular basis, Now this is never going to make you that Vangough of the digital world like this artist "Gary Tonge" but as a tool for reference and guide this is a fantastic book to have in your collection just like any other reference book.

I feel that some people think that after reading a book like this they are going to be able to do this sort of digital art with in days it is never going to happen, The Aurthor Gary Tonge has had all his life to get where he is now and he is now sharing this with us all...

Keep up the work Gary Tonge..... Your work is amazing.

Craig
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Too vague to be useful 17 Mar 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't find this book very useful.

While there are tutorials, the instructions are often vague. The subject matter are often too brief and not comprehensive enough.

They do tell you the tips and techniques involved in achieving certain effects, but they either don't show you the process of getting there or several steps are missing and you have to guess how it was achieved.

There's a beginner example on using photos as reference. It's about putting a car onto a background with mountains behind basked in beautiful sunset. Step 1 involves finding a beautiful photo of the background. Step 2 involves finding a photo of the car. Step 3 is the final result of the car basked in the same beautiful sunset as the mountains. The example do mention that lighting and reflections were wrong in the car to begin with, but it never actually showed how they were corrected. And just like magic, the final result painted itself. That happens often in the book.

If you're absolutely new to digital painting with no knowledge at all, yes, you can learn from some of the tips. But even then, I won't really recommend this book because for the same amount of money, you can get better books.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worst Art Instruction Book I Ever Bought 1 Jun 2013
By B. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw the reviews this book received, but I thought that those people were just inexperienced as far as digital art creation was concerned. LISTEN TO THE REVIEWERS!!! I do digital painting at an intermediate level but I wanted to improve on my skills even more. I really thought this book would highlight things I already know and give clear step by step direction when creating at least one image that was laid out in the book, instead it jumped from topic to topic like a rugged glossary of terms and showed you the end result. It was as if it was saying "make these complex gridlines and paint all of this other stuff like a pro inside of these lines". I feel like I was just robbed of my money because I found absolutely nothing of use in it and I know I won't flip through this again. I'm so mad that I even wrote a freaking review to drive the nail into this coffin so nobody will even consider this as more than just a book of pretty pictures and general terms. If you expect this book to guide you through the process of adding more detail don't buy this book. If you think it will teach you something don't buy it. Put your money towards a different book and look up some tutorials cuz this won't help.

If I could choose 0 stars I would.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Digital Painting Experience Required 19 May 2012
By Star - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the low rating of this book I bought it anyways because I enjoy Gary Tonge's artistry and techniques. Being a digital artist myself I found Tonge's techniques/tricks to be useful. However, I do not recommend this book for a beginner. As stated in the title this book is meant to improve your all ready existing cg art/skill. If you are looking for a digital painting book to learn the basics of drawing, shading, color, or even perspective this book will not be much help. Instead, I would recommend on buying a book dedicated to the area you are desiring to improve on. However, this book is a good resource to have in your collection for when you are at a more advanced level.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not necessarily what it appears to be 29 Feb 2012
By Tamara Temple - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, there are probably 100 tricks and techniques in this book. The problem is, none of them are given any sort of explanation about how you do them. It's sort of just a show-and-not-tell book. "This is something you could do" does not actually provide any sort of helpful instruction on *how* to do something. Avoid this book if you're looking for how to do something, buy it if you want some inspiration and ideas, and are already an expert in whatever digital image software you are using.
Great Book! Don't Dismiss it Simply Because of the Lower Reviews! 13 Dec 2014
By Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike 90% of the people that review this book, I feel like this book was a steal at the price. It provides a very useful overview of many of the things that go into creating very successful digital paintings. I think the reason that it receives so much negative feedback is that it doesn't teach you the exact techniques he uses to paint (those are something you can't learn from a book, anyway), but it does teach you exactly what to think about while painting, and outlines a smooth workflow that allows you to quickly practice and work up to paintings like his. It touches on many important principles that can make or break a painting. This is not a book for people who have never touched photoshop or a drawing tablet before, but it gives intermediate artists invaluable insights into taking their paintings to the next level. It's not perfect, but I highly recommend it!
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