Synopses & Reviews
Digital Character Painting Using Photoshop CS3 is a brilliantly illustrated, full-color book that combines both the fundamentals of character design and the skills of digital painting. Completely updated using Photoshop CS3 as the primary tool, the book details how to create characters that elicit specific emotions and how to beautifully render those characters by applying conventional painting skills to digital tools. Written for both the seasoned professional and aspiring artist alike, Digital Character Painting Using Photoshop CS3 explores the key principles of design and reveals how to enhance traditional skills and apply them to digital art for use in games, film, animation, and other commercial productions. Using practical tutorials, the book covers basic skills such as value, edges, color, texturing, and light, and then moves on to teach in-depth techniques on specific features including eyes, face, clothing, hair, and fur. Whatever your skill level, you will discover practical ideas and techniques to apply to your craft and to help you improve and create masterful works of digital art! Features: - Presents a completely updated, beautiful, full color guide to character design and computer art using Photoshop. - Provides practical insights into how to master Photoshop CS3 as a powerful painting tool, including how to customize the brushes to achieve the best possible results. - Focuses on learning artistic skills that can be applied to a variety of 2D and 3D programs, with an emphasis on Photoshop CS3. - Teaches how to combine traditional artistic values with today's graphics software. - Includes a CD-ROM with the figures and files for the tutorials in the book, along with a QuickTime movie showing how a painting is created.
Digital Character Design and Painting: The Photoshop? CS Edition, is a completely updated version of this beautifully illustrated, full-color book. In the first edition, users learned digital skills using Corel? Painter(TM) but in this edition, all the techniques have been updated and modified for use with Photoshop CS. The book provides a unique combination of ideas and techniques that teach both the fundamentals of character design and the skills of digital painting. It explores the key principles of design and teaches conventional artists how to enhance their traditional skills and transfer them to the Web, computer/video games, commercials, and film production work. Using a variety of tutorials and exercises, artists employ Photoshop CS to learn the techniques, methods, and artistic theory of digital painting. They explore how to create images that will be viewed in two dimensions, but actually look three-dimensional. And, they work through detailed projects on sketching, color theory, lighting, and texturing, along with specific techniques for trees and foliage, eyes, faces, hair, clothing, and fur. Using the practical ideas and techniques covered here, artists learn how to create and beautifully illustrate their own life-like or fantasy characters for games, movies, and other commercial productions.
Completely updated, this beautifully illustrated, full-color book teaches the fundamentals of using Photoshop CS for character design and computer art. Tutorials and exercises teach the techniques, methods, and artistic theory of digital painting. The CD-ROM contains the figures and files for the book's tutorials, along with Quicktime movies of some of the material.
Completely updated to cover Photoshop CS.
Digital Character Painting Using Photoshop CS3 is a completely updated edition of this brilliantly illustrated book that blends two unique subjects: character design and digital painting. It details how to put thoughts and ideas together to create characters that elicit specific emotions (joy, fear, anger, sadness, etc.), and it teaches how to beautifully render these characters by applying traditional painting skills with digital tools. This new edition has been completely updated to use Photoshop CS3 as the primary tool, and includes many new characters and tutorials. Written for artists interested in learning how to use Photoshop CS3 as a real painting tool, the book is divided into three primary sections. The first section deals with character design and provides strategies for developing worthwhile ideas. In the next section, you'll find fundamentals artistic principles that are often overlooked in the digital world, and learn how to incorporate them into your efforts. And in the final section, you'll work through practical tutorials that teach insightful techniques and tips for solving common visual problems that emerge when painting. The tutorials start off simple covering the basics of value, edges, color, and light. From there they evolve into in-depth techniques for blending, eyes, faces, cloth, hair, Photoshop brushes, and portraits. Whether you are a seasoned professional or aspiring artist, you'll find a plethora of useful ideas and techniques that will improve your skills and help you create and paint masterful digital art!
About the Author
Don Seegmiller is a very successful artist, author, and instructor. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and teaches senior-level illustration, traditional head painting, figure drawing, and digital painting courses at a variety of schools. He worked for six years as art director for Saffire Corporation, is a regular speaker at the game Developers Conference, and was the keynote speaker at the American Association of Medical Illustrators convention in 2003. He is the author of the first edition of this book, the Painter edition, and co-author of Mastering Digital 2D and 3D Art with Les Pardew. His work is also featured in The Painter 6 Wow Book, The Painter 7 Wow Book, Electronic Step-by-Step Design, Spectrum 7, Spectrum 8, and it has also been on display at Wadle Galleries of Santa Fe since 1981.
Table of Contents
Dedication Preface About The Author Introduction Part I Character Design Chapter 1: Introduction to Character Design Chapter 2: Developing a Working Method Chapter 3: Expanding On Your Ideas When Creating the Character Chapter 4: Making the Character Real By Creating a Character History Chapter 5: Designing the Physical Look of Your Character Part II Traditional Artistic Principles for a Digital Age Chapter 6: Basic Principles for Improving the Drawing, Sketching, And Painting of Your Character Chapter 7: Value and Its Use in Picture Making Chapter 8: Color and Its Use in Picture Making Chapter 9: Using Lighting Arrangements to Light a Character Effectively Chapter 10: Using Edges When Painting a Picture Chapter 11: Blending Edges in Your Digital Paintings Chapter 12: Creating Textures and Patterns for Use In Chapter 13: Photoshop Brushes Part III Digital Painting: Bringing It All Together Chapter 14: Painting an Eye Chapter 16: Painting Hair Chapter 17: Painting a Male Portrait Using Varied Textures Chapter 18: Painting a Strange-Looking Character Chapter 19: Painting a Creature and a Candle Chapter 20: Painting the Fabric of a Characters Costume Chapter 21: Painting a Man with A Sword Chapter 22: Painting the ?Heaven And Hell? Image Chapter 23: Painting the ?Wizard? Image Appendix About The CD-Rom Index