"This is a beautiful book, with lots of helpful illustrations. . . . includes the work of multiple artists, not just the author. This helps you to see a variety of approaches."
--Digital Image Magazine
Advice and instruction from a leading fantasy illustrator guides art students who intend to pursue careers illustrating computer games, children's books, graphic novels, and other related media. This book's opening chapter analyzes traditional architectural shapes that include arches, columns, towers, vaults, and buttresses. Chapters that follow apply principles of lighting, shadow, and perspective to the architectural forms, and discuss ways of creating surface textures and adding dramatic atmosphere to illustrations. Readers are then guided through a series of projects of increasing complexity in which they create illustrations dominated by fantasy castles, palaces, dungeons, and more. Here is comprehensive instruction in the techniques required for capturing fantastic buildings, alien architecture, and alternate realities. More than 250 enlightening color illustrations.
Rob Alexander is an award-winning Canadian artist whose illustrations appear in magazines, computer games, children's books, and collectable card game markets. He is also the author of Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes, available in North America from Barron's.
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Fascinating and Inspiring! To be honest, the majority of the instruction within the book is on painting, but even if you don't paint, this book is still really helpful. The author covers different styles of architecture and the characteristics of those styles, then he shows you fantasy artwork from various artists inspired by those styles. He also covers color and how it affects mood, as well as the different mediums you can use to create fantasy architecture. Overall, the book offers inspiration and advice that is really helpful for creating fantasy realms.