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Posted January 23, 2003
Disappointing. Plenty eye-candy; little substance.
Michael Burns¿ book is actually just a gallery of images, software descriptions, and arbitrary tips; hardly a "step-by-step guide" to anything. While the book contains some truly gorgeous renderings/paintings, a number of images were laugh-out-loud amateurish¿most notably those done with corel Poser. Martin Murphy¿s work, ¿Autumn flirts with Winter,¿ is a beautiful work done using poser, bryce, and photoshop, but we are only given a quick summary of how he created it: ¿All the character details¿are created in Painter, painting on the Bryce render.¿ What techniques did he use in Painter? Who knows? We¿re not even told what techniques or settings he used in Bryce, aside from what he imported from other programs. My favorite pictures in the book are by David Ho, but there is no mention of how he achieved the unique look and feel of his paintings (four are featured throughout the book). If you¿re new to digital art, I recommend searching the internet and message forums for tutorials. Actually, many of the featured artists have more detailed tutorials on their home-pages that this book contains. Otherwise, invest your money in books that specialize in the software you intend to use (Photoshop, Painter, Poser, Maya, etc.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2002
Beautiful collection, informative reading
For those interested in the 'how to' or 'How'd they do that" in digital art, Digital Fantasy Painting is a great source of information. From stem to stern the work if filled with illustrations, walk throughs and step by step tutorials on some the finest techniques in digital artwork. For those simply interested in the illustrations, this book is a fine source for that as well. Noted digital illustrators such as Martin Murphy, Daniel Scott Gabriel Murray, David Ho, Glen Southern and many others grace this release with their genius. I received this book as an advance copy for review and I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.