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100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures Paperback – 10 Oct 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Impact; Original edition (10 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611193
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's something here for every palette. --Imagine FX

This is a book that can be referenced time and time again. If you enjoy painting fantasy characters, you owe it to yourself to own a copy of this book. --Corel Painter

this book will definitely impress […] 100 tips to create a more convincing fantastical character […] it's a visual feast […] will interest anyone with an inclination for fantasy. --Photoshop Creative

About the Author

Francis Tsai is a renowned conceptual designer who has just completed work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for Warner. He was the principal artist for Darkwatch and has worked on many other fantasy gaming assignments, as well as pen and paper role playing games, manuals and trading cards. He is a regular contributor to ImagineFX magazine.


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This book doesn't get 5/5 for a few reasons. While this book is helpful, its certainly not a book for beginners. This is more a book of 100 tips for people who have a clear idea of what they want to draw, but can't just get it perfect. While there are some very useful sketches showing each of the stages of a drawing, the book suffers from a lack of them (possibly 4-8 in total). The notes in the book are nice, as are the small tip boxes dropped in every now and again, though it feels they could be a little deeper in parts. One of the best features of this book is the art. Drawings are fully coloured and are of a very high quality, with smaller boxes displaying close-up inspections of each picture and the technique used. There is also a large number of pictures with span a whole page, or half a page of A4. These are very useful for picking up technique to be used in your own drawings.
Overall whilst not being amazingly helpful to a beginner, someone who has got the basics of drawing and shading/colouring would benefit a lot more. A good buy, but not as basic as I expected.
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I loved this book. This is an exeptional book for anyone looking to improve there art work through valuable insights of a top professional. The book will not teach you how to draw but thats not its intention. Technique and ways to develop your ideas and your imagination are key. The illustrations / paintings in the book are all of a very high standard, inspirational. I've kept this one handy since I bought it and Im sure I'll have it around for a long time to come.
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A nicely presented book, full of some nice images. I had hoped for a more constructive approach to creating fantasy figures and what you really get is 100 okish figures with a small thumbnail and some text, there are about 20 or 30 useful tips to be found here and the artwork is good but for digital artwork its nothing special and mind blowing. Almost all figures are digital images and if you have a browse through 3dtotal.com or check out the excellent digital painting techniques your jaw will drop which sadly this book only creased the folds of my lips in mediocrity. I feel im being a little harsh on this book but it didnt really live up to its title and present me with 100 useful ways to create my own figures and its not a book that will see much life when i need a drop of inspiration. Try the books of Burne Hogarth, and james gurney for a broader step by step approach.
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A good guide to fantasy art which doesn't over-complicate the skill. Shows wonderful examples of the authors own work for 'Wizards of the Coast' graphics. In addition he explains how he started the piece and the steps he took to build into what it finally became.
A great insight for art students or hobby artists.
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I bought this at the same time as I bought 'Framed Ink' (see my other review, it's a great book!) but I can't really say much about it.

It is neither one thing nor the other in my opinion. It neither goes in to techniques in composing engaging fantasy images or provides any useful tips and tricks. It basically runs as page after page of stock fantasy characters (Frankenstein, Vampire, Robot, Elf, etc.) with, in my opinion, uninspiring images of each one and a synopsis of their background ('The hero is a big character, with large jaw, big muscles' type thing). It wants to be some kind of A-Z of fantasy characters (I need to draw an Elf, what does an elf look like, what are their characteristics).

I guess I might go back to it from time to time but it just doesn't inspire me and if I'm honest, there are quite a few mistakes in the art work that don't make it something to aspire to. All in all I couldn't recommend this book as there must be better examples of this type of book and I think the money would be better invested in something from, say, 3D total who consistently release titles that feature work that most artists can only aspire to reproduce... which is what you need if you want to improve.
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I felt this book really lacks basic instruction techniques. it tries to teach by following the examples which in my opinion just isn't sufficient enough for a book of this price.i think it should have included much more detailed and indepth explainations of the subject it is trying to teach . As a beginning artist myself I felt as though I was struggling to make sense of the examples and shallow context of this book.
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