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How to Draw and Paint Science Fiction Art.

HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT SCIENCE FICTION ART (2011; $21.99), by Geoff Taylor. Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Science fiction art can be an extremely challenging genre, requiring many skills at the professional level. This book, a paperback, is for artists at the college level as well as high-school students. It will especially stir those with a fascination for aliens and other realms. They'll learn how to build worlds from their imagination, city-and landscapes of the future. If they aspire to illustrate sci-fi graphic novels, computer games, books and posters, they'll find the book helpful.

Geoff Taylor is clearly qualified to write such a book and he sprinkles in many images by other brilliant artists, too. In four value-packed chapters, he shows readers how to plan and render compositions with both sketching techniques and digital methods.

Beginning with the basics of gathering ideas and collecting reference images and tools, he briefly touches on anatomy, perspective and color theory. Sequential step-outs demonstrate how to depict characters, vehicles, interiors and exterior panoramas.

Each lesson includes an Idea File sidebar that offers special tips and useful hints. Additionally, interpretations of desert and jungle scenes and creatures are included.--P. G.
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Author:Guhin, Peter
Publication:Arts & Activities
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2012
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