Extreme Worlds: The Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting Science Fiction Art Paperback – 28 Nov 2009
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"This is a highly practical guide for budding artists…" "…is accompanied by an awesome gallery of the auhor's work". "Its not only informative, its fun…" --Art Book review online
"…there's an abundance of theory, ideas and great art here…" "…the tutorials are perfectly seasoned with relevant theory and lessons learnt, all guiding the reader to use their imagination in an informed and interesting way" --Imagine FX
"…and by following Tsai's professional advice you can't go far wrong." "Helpful photoshop design tips tie the book together and provide you with skills you'll want to remember." "Beautifully drawn and rendered artwork" --Photoshop Creative
About the Author
Francis Tsai is a world-renowned conceptual designer. He was the principal artist for Darkwatch and has worked on many fantasy gaming assignments, including Tomb Raider, Star Trek, The Bourne Identity, Spyhunter 2, Whacked and Myst 3. He also works extensively for major comic publishers including Top Cow and Devil's Due and is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine. He lives in San Diego, California. www.teamgt.com
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The second part, the Demos section features illustrations which are broken down into step-by-step sequences where you can follow along, or apply the techniques to your own creation. You'll learn how to draw humanoids, aliens, monsters, spaceships, vehicles, robots, spaceport, interiors and backgrounds.
There are tutorials on digital art creation as well as digital painting. The explanation is simple and easy to follow. There are plenty of practical tips and insights that address not just on how to create but also why it's done that way.
The final part of the book takes a concept "Space Opera" and develops the world around it, the story, characters and spaceships.
Extreme Worlds is a nice and simple beginner guide for artists who want to create their own sci-fi worlds.
You can check out more art from Francis Tsai on his website. I'm a follower of his blog and is really impressed with his intricate 3D models created using the free Google Sketchup, which are then painted over.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Add into this mix detailed step by step guides on the creation of backgrounds and shapes for the humans, robots and aliens and you have a guide that will not only be a source of inspiration but one that will help open the doorway for each persons futuristic interpretation. It's ideal and through using pieces of advice within this book I've managed to construct a beast of a bike for a character within a story I'm writing. Its not only informative, its fun and when you're creating that's something that many people forget. Francis' offering is one that will make an ideal gift this season as it has something for everyone from the most basic of artists but also to the more experienced.
I've yet to sit down and work through it properly, but what I have gone over is brilliant, I've done a couple of drawings and can already see the benefit of the step by step guide the book supplies.
It's probably not ideal for accomplished sci-fi artists but for people like me (little or no experience/skill) it is fantastically simplistic (but without making you feel stupid). It helps you out by giving you ideas and in some cases even supplies inspiration from it's fantastic pictures.
The only downside to the entire ordering experience is that when sent I was given a delivery time of 6th-17th (11days!) which for me is far too wide a time frame. Further to this is still turned up 3 days later than projected. Whilst not the end of the world, I feel that if you are given a timescale for delivery as wide as 11 days, 3 extra days is not really acceptable as it would be were the timescale smaller. Small things like this spoil the experience, but otherwise the experience, price and overall quality of the product were perfect...
For those of you who don't know Francis Tsui, he's a concept artist who was diagnosed with ALS, this book was written prior to his diagnoses. People will probably give me a lot of hate for this but Francis' art is not of a high quality. The images and tutorials you find in this book you are ones you would expect from an amateur artist. Anatomy of the characters aren't great, vehicles don't pop out of the page, poor choice of perspectives.
It has some good insights into concept art, and Francis Tsui is inspiration to all artists out there due to his never give up attitude, but there are many other books out offering far better contents.
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