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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!
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.
|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|
|Using Color Effectively|
|Part 3: Digital Painting|
|Bringing it All Together|
|Clouds and Skies|
|Dew Drops and Shiny Things, etc.|
|Advanced Tutorials: Painting a Creepy Looking Guy|
|Painting a Furry Critter|
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!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.