Complete Guide to Digital Illustration

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Today’s professional illustrator is light years beyond ink wells and drafting boards: the present and foreseeable future of the art of illustration is digital, and there is no more complete resource on the tools and techniques of this thoroughly modern practice than The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration.

Written by veteran art professionals Steve Caplin and Adam Banks, this guide will take any digital artist to the next level. It examines all the key areas where digital ...

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Overview

Today’s professional illustrator is light years beyond ink wells and drafting boards: the present and foreseeable future of the art of illustration is digital, and there is no more complete resource on the tools and techniques of this thoroughly modern practice than The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration.

Written by veteran art professionals Steve Caplin and Adam Banks, this guide will take any digital artist to the next level. It examines all the key areas where digital illustration is utilized - covering the traditional arenas such as print, corporate identity, and advertising as well as multimedia presentations and the new media of the Internet. It demonstrates the vast array of incredible effects open to today’s digital artists, along with how they can be achieved. It also offers indispensable advice on the type of software and hardware the beginning digital illustrator may need for his own studio.

Packed with more than 400 stunning full-color illustrations and profiles of the newsmakers and groundbreakers within the industry, The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration is a virtual encyclopedia on the art of digital illustration and a fast-track tutorial no serious illustrator should be without.

Third title in series
Provides a complete and in-depth analysis of the current state of digital illustration technology
Offers advice on choosing appropriate hardware and software
Covers every area, from comic strips to 3-D rendering
Includes a foreword by Nigel Holmes, former graphics director of Time magazine and highly renowned author, lecturer, and illustrator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823007844
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Living and working in London, Steve Caplin is an award-winning digital artist and a specialist in the art of satirical photomontage. His work has appeared in periodicals throughout the UK. Former editor-in-chief of MacUser, Adam Banks has specialized in digital imaging since the early 1980s, and has contributed countless articles and tutorials to a wide range of computer publications. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Basics 8
What You'll Need 10
Different Illustration Methods 18
Digital Painting 28
How Digital Painting Works 30
Painting Techniques 40
Painting Showcase 60
Digital Drawing 70
Drawing Principles 72
Drawing Techniques 82
Drawing Showcase 94
3D Illustration 104
3D Applications 106
3D Modeling and Rendering 114
3D Illustration Showcase 126
Animation 138
Introducing Digital Animation 140
Animation Showcase 152
Professional Practice 158
The Working Illustrator 158
Essential Reference 168
Glossary 182
Bibliography 186
Index 188
Further Reading 190
Acknowledgments 192
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