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Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
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.
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.
i've not had chance to explore it properly but i've flicked through it ...(so to speak) and find that it is very imformative.
with great reference of the kind of materials you would need to use to produce some fantastic Sci-Fi artwork.
I've read the Illustrated book 'Robota' in which Doug Chiang did the artwork and i think wrote or co-wrote and I go to say the artwork is magnificent and of a very high standard... And i'm hoping to get some inspiration from this book also as I love to draw Sci Fi pictures and illustrations myself. And though a Novice, up to Doug Chiangs' standards, I think I and alot of other 'budding' sci-fi artists could learn alot from Mechanika ....Espcially if you like Robots and Space ships etc !
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Some really nice art in here that gave me a lot of inspiration, a lot of what is covered though is fairly basic stuff. Not a bad purchase!Published 12 months ago by Vaxorus
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Moonshadowe
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 on 21 Dec. 2013 by david turner
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 morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by leif larsen
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
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 morePublished on 31 Jan. 2012 by Moxomule
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... Read more
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