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GREAT FOR BEGINNERS AND A SOLID RESOURCE FOR THE ADEPT
on 16 April 2009
I have been scribbling and colouring ever since I can remember, and have worked as a graphic artist in many different capacities throughout my adult life, and as such I fully understand that you never will, or can, know it all when it comes to an ever shifting and growing subject matter such as art. So when a resource you feel would be beneficial to your craft comes along you should grab it with both hands and absorb it wholesale and this, people, is one such resource. This is a book of tips and hints that will benefit the digital painting initiate hoping to add more depth to their work: starting with primers on perspective and lighting and working on from there. However there is much to be gained for the more seasoned artist as a glimpse into another artists technique can help to bring new perspective to already inspired and accomplished work. Also as an indispensible wealth of tips and hints there is bound to be a good few things that help you streamline your workload in here (or even something you may have a more effective method of achieving which will make you feel good about your work!).
Now I have read one or two (and I do mean one or two) middling to bad user reviews of this gem on a few other sites and they all boil down to one glaringly obvious point: this book cannot teach you how to draw and will not inject you with a talent that you may not have the capacity for. Some people will always expect too much but if you take note of the cover which states 'for fantasy and science fiction artists' you can't go far wrong. If you want to try and boost your basic drawing skills a beginners guide to such things is going to be more up your street, this book assumes you have some skill with a pen, paper,certain programs and a graphics tab/mouse: and if you possess these things you will at one point of another make great use of this excellent guide (and impressive gallery of work).