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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843406020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843406020
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ImagineFX is the only magazine for Fantasy and Sci-Fi artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, galleries and interviews, features, community news, software and hardware reviews, and the latest sci-fi and fantasy films and comics.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:18 Mins
Two years after publishing Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques, Imaginefx has finally come up with a second book of tutorials. This time, it has fantasy creatures as drawing subjects.

Similar to the previous book, this book actually collects the tutorials that originally appeared in their monthly magazines. So if you're already a subscriber of the magazine, you're basically going to see the same tutorials, hence no point buying (again). This book is a better deal for non-subscribers.

There are 6 categories featured are namely
1. Faeries, Fables and Friendly Giants
2. Beasts in 3D
3. Vampires and Demons
4. Myths and Monsters
5. Alien Races
6. Creature Features - for other subjects that don't belong to the previous categories

The presentation is also similar. It's loaded with step-by-step demonstrations, some interviews and tips from top digital artists. The demonstrations are actually a look at the artists' workflow, from concept to the final touches with lots of screenshots. The artists teach a mixed variety of stuff from picking skin tones, to creating different texture effects like scales or rotten flesh, to creating atmospheric mood.

Note that the demonstrations aren't the type of tutorials where you are to follow along and click stuff on the screen. That said, this book isn't for beginners because it doesn't teach the basics of digital painting. It goes straight into application. You'll get more out of the book if you already have some elementary knowledge on digital painting, drawing and the software.

The software used is mostly Photoshop, and there are a few chapters featuring Zbrush.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Coelho on 3 Dec. 2011
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This book is a good source of inspiration. It has some step by step work also. Many tips from expert professionals and ImagineFX quality standards.
Honestly I expected something a little bit better or maybe my expectations where too high.
Still a good book.
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I bought this hoping it would show you how to do detailed features for fantasy creatures such as scales, feathers, claws/teeth, eyes etc, but it is just a reference book from other artist on pieces of work they've done. it does go through each step that they went through but merely the process that was going on in their head. i.e. 'I spent a lot of time on the mermaids tail and eventually it got too detailed that it took the attention away from the main focal point '
The reason why I gave this a 4 star is because, as an artist it can help me with the process of pictures and reminding me of the main points of creating a picture and avoid certain pitfalls.
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By Lifelover on 10 Feb. 2013
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Let me start off by saying that this book is a real gem! It is split to six categories:
1) Faeries, fables and friendly giants
2) Beasts in 3D
3) Vampires and demons
4) Myths and monsters
5) Alien races
6) Creature features

You can find in there plenty of useful tips that will sharpen and enrich your creature design skills and help you find your own style in concept art overall. I have to say that this book requires some foundational knowledge. It's the best fit for people who have some experience at drawing. If you want to step into character design and master it, this book is a must for you!
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