Drawing and Painting Fantasy Figures: From the Imagination to the Page

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With the significantly increased popularity of fantasy films, TV, and books in recent years, the work of fantasy artists is in demand as never before. This art instruction manual, written by a noted fantasy artist, coaches students in methods of portraying convincing fantasy figures in all media?pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and computer-generated pixel points. Following a discussion of needed tools and equipment, the author instructs on techniques for drawing convincing fantasy characters and their worlds,...

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Overview

With the significantly increased popularity of fantasy films, TV, and books in recent years, the work of fantasy artists is in demand as never before. This art instruction manual, written by a noted fantasy artist, coaches students in methods of portraying convincing fantasy figures in all media—pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and computer-generated pixel points. Following a discussion of needed tools and equipment, the author instructs on techniques for drawing convincing fantasy characters and their worlds, with attention to their faces, bodies, action, and costume styles. He advises on the creation of heroes and heroines, villains and wizards, dragons and man-like beasts. Separate chapters deal with different art media, and a final section on computer art covers everything from the basic desktop setup to methods of creating special effects. This beautifully produced book features more than 250 instructive, vividly-colored illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764126284
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 982,595
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Finlay Cowan has worked as a designer for Pink Floyd since 1993. He also owns a café-cinema of his own design in London, and is co-founder of a London film studio. He is currently writing, directing, and producing short films and books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Basics
Tools 8
Opportunities 10
Inspiration 12
Developing ideas 14
Storyboarding 16
Chapter 1 Drawing the Characters and Their Worlds 18
Heroes
Faces 20
Expressions 22
Bodies 24
Archetypes 26
Action 28
Foreshortening 30
Case study: Aerial battle 32
Heroines
Faces 34
Bodies 36
Costume and hair 38
Adornment 40
Archetypes 42
Dynamic posture 44
Action 46
Case study: Goddess in the library 48
Wizards
Faces 50
Beards 52
Costume 54
Powers 56
Beasts
Dragons 58
Mega monsters 60
Horses 62
Horses and hybrids 64
Other creatures 66
Man Beasts
Orcs and trolls 68
Hybrids 70
Ornamentation
Armor 72
Weapons 74
Totems and masks 76
Patterns 78
Fantasy Worlds
Basic perspective 80
Advanced perspective 82
Castles 84
Scale 86
Architecture 88
Case study: Set design 90
Chapter 2 Painting, Inking, and Digital Art 92
Painting and Inking
Equipment 94
Applying ink 96
Marker figure 98
Marker set design 100
Watercolors 102
Oils and acrylics 104
Painting a figure 106
Painting a landscape 108
Digital Art
Hardware and software 110
Photoshop 112
Painter 114
3D hero 116
3D ogre 118
3D landscape 120
Case study: Album sleeves 122
Format and presentation 124
Index 126
Credits 128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    A Must Have For Illustators

    This book is excellent. It talks about every media, portfolios, character design, architecture, landscapes, and creature design. I use it often for work and school.

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