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ImagineFX Workshop: Fantasy Creatures [Paperback]

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3 Mar 2011 Imaginefx Workshop
Following the success of Fantasy Workshop, the ImagineFX team have turned their expertise to producing a range of subject-focused titles for digital and fantasy artists who want to progress to the next level. With reference to creative painting programs (including Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter), the book explains with the help of step-by-step instructions and screen grabs, how to progress from basic 'pencil' roughs to first stage line art and ultimately finished colour art. Creating all sorts of mythical and futuristic creatures, fight scenes, habitats and close-ups using the very latest techniques, you ll soon be able to design your own digital paintings. (35,000 words) Also in the series: Fantasy Workshop (9781843404729) Also coming in 2011: ImagineFX Manga Art (9781843405788)

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843406020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843406020
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,606 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ideas, tips and insight 3 April 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 17 Sep 2013
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This will give you all the inspiration you need to create your own fantasy creatures from the simple to the most outrageous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I need 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug 2014
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Great insight for a total beginner like me
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