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50 Fantasy Vehicles to Draw & Paint: Create Awe-Inspiring Crafts for Comics, Computer Games, and Graphic Novels (Quarto Book) Paperback – 2 Feb 2007


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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135224
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 21.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,691,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The great popularity of fantasy and science fiction themes in films, books, graphic novels, and computer games has created a continuing demand for artists who can conceptualize and draw convincing space ships of tomorrow, as well as other fantasy vehicles such as cars, tanks, and sea-going vessels of the future. In this book, artist and designer Keith Thompson presents a practical course for art students. He starts with advice on finding research and reference materials, and then advises on using them as inspiration before sketching out original ideas for finished illustrations. The bookâ€TMs extensive main section presents a “mechanical workshop†of fantasy designs for students to copy and adapt to their own story needs and specifications. It gives attention to the techniques of drawing, shading, and coloring. The author analyzes each of the bookâ€TMs fantasy vehicles in terms of how and why artists came to their final design, how well the vehicles fit into the story being told, and how...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:18 Mins
The book collects 50 designs of fantasy vehicles, with several created by guest artists.

Plenty of variety is included. There are personal flight bikes, alien-like 4 wheelers, air ships, tanks (of course) and even a 6 legged mare. They are really creative and original, making this book a great resource book.

The process of creating each vehicle is shown from the basic shape construction, to adding details and finally putting in the colours. There are a lot of pointers given on creating the different part of the vehicles. But these pointers don't really explain the technical aspect of drawing. For example, it says that repeated elements such as legs should appear to be of identical proportion, but it doesn't mention how it can be done. The downside of the book is the lack of explanation on how perspective is used to design the vehicles.

So in summary, this book is loaded with tips and has great variety but is lacking in technical part that teaches how to draw. In short, it teaches the design aspect.

Keith Thompson has a website and you can see more of there.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More design than technique 13 Jun. 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book collects 50 designs of fantasy vehicles, with several created by guest artists.

Plenty of variety is included. There are personal flight bikes, alien-like 4 wheelers, air ships, tanks (of course) and even a 6 legged mare. They are really creative and original, making this book a great resource book.

The process of creating each vehicle is shown from the basic shape construction, to adding details and finally putting in the colours. There are a lot of pointers given on creating the different part of the vehicles. But these pointers don't really explain the technical aspect of drawing. For example, it says that repeated elements such as legs should appear to be of identical proportion, but it doesn't mention how it can be done. The downside of the book is the lack of explanation on how perspective is used to design the vehicles.

So in summary, this book is loaded with tips and has great variety but is lacking in technical part that teaches how to draw. In short, it teaches the design aspect.

Keith Thompson has a website and you can see more of there.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great "jumping-off point" for designing vehicles 21 Jun. 2007
By studguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When first saw the book sitting on the shelf I thought to myself "Is this another Lee J Ames Draw 50 books?" I opened it up, and I was surprised. The author begins with some reference on modern and historical vehicles, making them armored, military war machines. Also covered are steam-punk, future cars and motorcycles, one creature from myth, and animal-machine hybrids. The illustrations are very good, and the author break down the forms of the vehicles into three dimensional shapes, showing them from three or four angles.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great variety of vehicles! 23 Aug. 2007
By Gilbert Espino Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was surprized by the great variety of vehicles. From boxy to sleak to biomorphic vehicles. Easy to follow step by step directions. From starting with basic box and rectangulars shapes. Then editing these shapes, and adding to these shapes, to create a vehicle.This book is for learning to drawing on paper but I will be using it to draw on the computer. I'm a media designer, I will use the techniques that I have learned from this book for my 2D art.That I create with photoshop and painter as well as my 3D work.The book is also great for coming up with ideas for vehicles. Great book for beginners!
Cool book. 7 Sept. 2008
By Token - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I saw this at the book store and knew I had to get it. I like the designs they came up with. I know this is a short review but check out the picture I added and you'll get the idea of what is in the book. I recommend it.
fantasy vehicle to draw 10 April 2014
By Jeannie Rene' - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Everything was wonderful. Got here quick and was in great shape. My nephew loves it. Will be sure to order again.
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