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Digital Character Design and Painting is really two books in one: it teaches the fundamentals of character design, and the skills, tools, and techniques needed to master digital painting. Character design is all about ideas and how to put those ideas together to create a look and feel for a character. It's about creating a character that elicits a specific emotion from viewersfear, joy, anger, sadness, etc. Character design does not have a standard creation process, but there are basic principles that can be followed. Digital Character Design and Painting explores these principles and teaches conventional artists how to enhance their skills to bridge the gap between traditional and digital art. All of the fundamentals of character design, from artistic design issues and character development to physical details of the character are explored.

Unlike character design, digital painting is not so much about ideas as it is about the combination of method, technique, and artistic theory. It is about making something that will be viewed in two dimensions imitate three dimensions. Using a variety of practical Painter 7 tutorials, artists learn how to apply traditional painting techniques with digital tools. Details on sketching, color theory, lighting, and texturing are also covered, along with specific techniques for painting trees and foliage, eyes, faces, hair, clothing, and fur.

Using these practical techniques and procedures, artists can learn how to create and beautifully illustrate their own life-like or fantasy characters for games, movies, or other commercial productions.

On the CD!

  • Sketches, paper textures, brushes, and texture files to use with the tutorials presented in the book and to customize for your own projects
  • QuickTime movies illustrating some of the painting techniques and other clips that support general painting ideas
  • Shareware versions of programs available from Mediachance Software and Ransen Software
  • Demo version of Painter 7 from Procreate

Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows ME, or Windows XP. IBM Compatible PC, Pentium 200 or higher, 64 MB RAM, 24-bit 800 x 600 Display, 2X CD-ROM Drive, Mouse or Tablet. Mac OS 8.6 or higher, Power Macintosh ® G3 or higher, 64MB RAM, 128MB RAM for Mac OS X, 24-bit (800 x 600) color display (1024 x 768 for Mac OS X), Mouse or tablet. Users also need QuickTime 6 to view the movie clips included, and Painter 7 or equivalent program to perform the steps in the tutorials.

About the Author

Don Seegmiller (Orem, UT) has a BFA in Graphic Design with a specialization in illustration. He teaches a variety of drawing, illustration, and digital painting courses, is a regular speaker at the Game Developer Conference, and most recently worked as the art director Saffire Corp., a major video game developer. In addition, he writes for popular magazines, and contributed to a number of successful books, including Step-by-Step Electronic Design and The Painter 6 Wow book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584502326
  • Publisher: Cengage Delmar Learning
  • Publication date: 1/10/2003
  • Series: Charles River Media Graphics Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Character Design
The Practical Issues of Character Design
The Artistic Issues of Character Design
Where Ideas Come From
The Character's History is Important
Designing the Physical Look of the Character
The Sketch Phase
The Birth of the Character
Part 2: Traditional Artistic Principles for the Digital Age
Value and Lighting
A Short Primer on Lighting to Get the Best Values for Your Art
Color Theory
Using Color Effectively
Part 3: Digital Painting
Bringing it All Together
Basic Tutorials
Painting Edges
Clouds and Skies
Dew Drops and Shiny Things, etc.
Advanced Tutorials: Painting a Creepy Looking Guy
Painting a Furry Critter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003


    Once I bought Don Seegmiller's book, DIGITAL CHARACTER DESIGN AND PAINTING I've spent hours, no, days, with pencil and computer delving into this book. And my education has increased considerably. I've read many how-to art books and few have left any visible mark on both my studio and computer creations. Don's book is like a Walmart of art - everything is there. First, the beginning section is priceless in creating a character. Don's suggestions and questions give details to my amorphous mind-picture. A writer could learn from this section as well. And then there is the section on basic art principles which is simply, yet expansively, written. Now I understand that mystery called value. Throughout this book also is the challenge to respect your art and creativity. Now comes the tutorials using Corel's Painter. I've had Painter for years and loved it - but it was a secretive and distant lover. The tutorials demonstrate so many possibilities and, if anyone calls themselves an artist, they must make art, - the making with these tutorials are fun. Don's art is wonderful - a rare combination of beauty and humor. His art is topnotch! Buy the book and work it thoroughly, it'll be well worth the time and mental energy!!!

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