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Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang: How to Create Science Fiction Art [Kindle Edition]

Doug Chiang
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Book Description

Delve into a world of imagination populated with giant robots, strange vehicles, alien creatures and other fantastic inventions. For generations artists have created imagery destined for the entertainment of others, and now you can too.

Revered science fiction artist and film designer, Doug Chiang, reveals the thought processes and techniques he used working on blockbusters such as the Star Wars prequels, War of the Worlds, Terminator, and Beowulf. You'll learn from Chiang's visionary experience as he shares his design processes, giving expert advice and showcasing the groundbreaking style that has earned his creations a spot in the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Tokyo National Museum.

Inside you'll discover:

  • 30+ lessons for creating out-of-this-world science fiction scenes in the style featured in films, books, comics, toys and games using both traditional and digital techniques
  • Details and tips for using Adobe Photoshop to conceive, design, draw and enhance your creations
  • 25 step-by-step demonstrations of outrageous robots, vehicles, creatures and environments with finished color images
  • Foreword by film producer/director Robert Zemeckis (Monster House, The Polar Express, Back to the Future, Beowulf)
With tips on everything from basic skills like blueline sketching and assembling a toolkit to conceptualization and painting for digital art, Mechanika has everything you need to get great results and make your science fiction worlds come alive!

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About the Author

Doug Chiang has earned an Academy Award, two British Academy Awards, and a Clio Award. He joined Industrial Light and Magic in 1989 and Lucasfilm LTD in 1995, becoming creative director and visual effects art director. He has written and illustrated several books and his artwork has been in major exhibitions.,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8813 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Impact (30 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00597VYAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mechtastic 9 April 2009
I am a full time sci-fi concept artist and this has taken the top spot for mechanical design. A step by step approach to solving designs from personal transports to large machines, plus the occasional creature!
It is also very useful for teaching freehand perspective drawing, which is great for turning your 2D orthographic designs into finished artwork.

The book is five stars really - but you might find it falls short if you were expecting loads of great art.
It is mainly a production art book for serious hard surface designers - and a very good one at that. It covers mainly traditional working on paper, but easily translates to Painter and Photoshop. I found it a must have!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tutorials from a pro 13 Feb. 2009
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It's not very often you see a great concept artist come up with a tutorial book. Here, we have a great book by Doug Chiang. He's the concept artist for big movie hits like Star Wars, War of the Worlds and Terminator just to name a few.

In this book are 30 lessons and step-by-step tutorials for creating science fiction art, mainly robots. There are details and tips for using Photoshop.

Through these pages, one can see Doug Chiang's process of creating sci-fi concept art. It's always interesting to find out how other artist work, especially one of such high caliber.

His work has also appeared in other books like Robota, and The Art of Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanika review 24 Oct. 2008
Anyone interested in sci fi art, illustration, industrial design or vehicle design would be well advised to purchase this book, by Doug Chaing. It holds explanations on how to develop a number of drawings from vehicles to androids using Dougs award winning style.

Sections in the book include a look into Dougs studio and equipment, discussing ranges of markers, papers, and computer painting.
Personally I gained a lot of information from the "Foundation Lines" section which helped to explain the often very technical looking lines which help to build up a drawing.

As an aid to drawing, I find it invaluable. Drawing examples within the book are very clear and follow a step by step method with short narration and drawing tips. Within a few hours I had a basic grasp of elementary techniques and within a few days I began to experiment with various markers and painting methods. Dougs drawings are developed from a much looser and quicker approach but finishes are highly detailed and dynamic, all of which can be mastered with the examples given in this publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect beginners tutorial book 3 Jun. 2010
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This book as absolutely incredible. Dough Chiang explains every single step in creating simple but effective concept art for science fiction artists. I have just completed a degree in computer games design, and if I'd known about this book earlier in my studies I believe it would have helped me immensely. It covers both marker based art and photoshop work, and the two together blending traditional and digital styles. His own works are broken down to many stages to make each step clear and very easy to follow.

I've read plenty of similar books which didnt go into half as much detail. This is a MUST BUY for any concept artist in training.

I'd go so far as to say this really deserves a 6 star review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 28 Jan. 2010
Probably the best Art Tutorial book I own as far as inspiring me to have a go myself which is my main reason for buying books like this. It's very much reliant upon owning Prismacolor Markers to get the most out of the book but it makes a change to not have such a heavy reliance upon digital techniques. Yes the digital art is still covered but it's not stuff that can't be achieved easily with other, more traditional tools too. I really enjoyed looking through this book, the artwork fits my style perfectly and I will most likely try my hand at many of the pieces covered. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on sci-fi design 18 Sept. 2013
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This book shows concise, straightforward guidelines to flesh out detailed yet usable sci-fi concepts.
Several designs spacing from aliens to starships are broken down in a step-by-step fashion, from the blue pencil sketch to the finished piece in either traditional (markers and ink) or digital (Photoshop); that said, the book is always valid regardless of what medium you're using. Each step brings some "happy accidents" to the table, and the author's method relies on building on top of these unplanned elements to flesh out a more interesting design.

Mr. Chiang assumes the reader is a good draftsman already which means the book is primarily focused on method. There's also general guidelines on design (strong silhouettes, resting areas vs. detail, leading the viewer's eye).

Overall it's a great book for artists who need to develop sci-fi concepts but don't know how to approach the genre. The quality of the artwork is great and the book is pleasant to read. I wish the book were more detailed on the actual subjects depicted (e.g. joints and other mechanical parts, equipment, etc.), but it's nothing that looking for your own reference doesn't cover. It's definitely worth its price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary mechanic 16 July 2011
By Michele
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I bought this book after I saw the making of Beowulf and the concept art produced by Mr. Chiang.
Then I looked more about this artist (Star Wars and so on) and I took this book.
The book has great and inspiring images in terms of mech design and composition. The steps to create those images are clear, but be aware: you have to know how to draw in order to achieve same results, it's not a tutorial step by step, they are in general terms, but they are very good.
I'm not a drawer, for example, I'm a 3d artist and I love science fiction, so this book was a must for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is really great to see this artist's process
It is really great to see this artist's process. It demystifies these complex works of art by breaking them down into the various stages of production. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Moonshadowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect for what i wanted and arrived in good time
Published 9 months ago by Manda
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This book is excellent. It is fresh, initiative and nicely illustrated. Full of help and ideas. Very inspiring. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
Published 16 months ago by david turner
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some of the things i love whit this book, is he shows both his work flow in marker pens and pencils and the last part of the book is more or less on how he works on his pc . Read more
Published 19 months ago by leif larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
I'm slowly getting into my digital art work, as I use to enjoy doing allot of art back in my school and college days. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tony Soprano
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
Good book for entertainment designer and concept designer, a lot of ideation concept thinking, traditional sketch skill training, not too much digital arts in it.
Published on 17 April 2013 by xiao
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start in learning the artistic values of Sci Fi art !
I got this on my Kindle (the only drawback to this is it's in Black & White ....Note#0. Should have got the Kindle Fire !)... Read more
Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by revzillo
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning images by a simply amazing artist.
This book is worth it simply for the imagery alone, but it also contains a number of really good 'step-by-step' break downs of full illustrations and a number of really good little... Read more
Published on 31 Jan. 2012 by Moxomule
4.0 out of 5 stars Mechanika Review
The Mechanika drawing book is absolutely brilliant especially if you like drawing anything that sci-fi also with easy step by step following guides.
Published on 17 Jun. 2011 by NRRNorman231093
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Superb book. Not too descriptive but straight to the point. Explains exactly what gear to use (pens, rulers, templates etc). Very inspiring. Excellent price too! Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by Mr Ledger
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