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Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor
Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor
von Mary Whyte
Preis: EUR 24,08

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book but title is misleading, 23. Dezember 2011
Länge:: 1:15 Minuten

It's quite fascinating to see the use of watercolour for painting portraits and figures where there's little room for error. Mary Whyte's watercolour paintings are beautiful, there's realism and you can still see the characteristics of watercolour. However, this is not really a portrait and figure drawing watercolour book. I was misled by the title to buy this book.

While all the examples showcase portrait and figure paintings, the lessons covers general watercolour topics. There are chapters on tools, techniques, understanding values, composition, colours and drawing. All these are very similar to topics in books by other watercolour artists. What's different here is you get to read Mary Whyte's perspective on these subjects, and the short demonstrations that show you how she paints. The paintings tips are all good, but you might have already read them elsewhere.

She does try to relate what's taught back to how you can use them for portraits, but not much. The part of mixing skin colour takes only 3 pages. She lists the colours she uses, highlights points to take note of, and there's a quick 3-step demonstration. That's all for colour mixing for skin.

I'm surprised and disappointed that there's nothing on painting specifics like eyes, lips, ears and hair etc. There's also nothing much on clothing, especially on how she deals with intricate fabric textures because I see them a lot in her paintings.

There's a section on working with models. I found the information there interesting, particularly on the reasons why they are posed a certain way to highlight certain aspects.

As a general watercolour book, it's quite good and you get insight into Mary Whyte's process. However, I was expecting much more for a book with a title on portraits. So I won't recommend this if you're looking to learn portraits with watercolours.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Impeccable Scene Design: For Game, Animation and Film
Impeccable Scene Design: For Game, Animation and Film
von Weiye Yin

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good resource to scene and background design, 22. Dezember 2011
Länge:: 1:05 Minuten

Weiye Yin is a concept artist with over ten years of experience. He draws a variety of subjects but this book focuses on scene design, creating believable backgrounds that serve as a backdrop for stories in games and films.

The book is split into three parts. First is the introduction to scene design and how it differs from just painting background art. Second part looks at the principles and procedures. Third is a collection of demonstrations that look at how a few scenes are developed, namely Landscape, Environment, Urban Architecture, Atmosphere and Still Life.

It is a good introductory guide to scene design. You get tips on dealing with composition, lighting, colours, adding details, effects, doing drafts and even on dealing with clients.

The step-by-step demonstrations talks in depth about the conceptualization process, the considerations when handling different types of projects. Two of the case studies presents some tips on using 3DS Max for scene designs. Most, if not all, the examples are digital paintings, some with the use of 3D software.

It's more recommended to intermediate and advanced artist who already know the basics of painting and want to apply that knowledge to a different field.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross
The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross
von Alex Ross
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 33,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Alex Ross with a new cast of characters, 17. Dezember 2011
Länge:: 1:38 Minuten

Alex Ross' third art book has as much impact as Mythology and Rough Justice. However, it's a little different from those two books.

It features art for the lesser known superheroes (to me) from Dynamite. Most of the characters are new to me, like those from Project Superpowers, Kirby: Genesis. There's also The Torch, Bionic Man, Green Hornet, Flash Gordon Zeitgeist, The Shadow and even Voltron (yes, that Voltron). There are sketches, designs, layouts, pencils, panels and plenty of covers.

Having gotten used to seeing DC superheroes like Superman and Batman from Alex Ross, I wasn't expecting a whole new cast of characters in the book. The art for Kirby: Genesis is quite radical with the wild costumes and unfamiliar colour palette.

The bulk of the book features completely new art so there's no duplication with the earlier art books. This one's a 328-page hardcover. Many illustrations come with short commentary from Alex Ross. The art is fantastic, very typical of Alex Ross' style of realism and lighting.

This is another impressive art book for those who can't get enough of Alex Ross.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

von Tomer Hanuka
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 29,90

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Arresting illustrations of Tomer Haunka, 16. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Overkill (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 0:57 Minuten

Tomer Hanuka was born in Israel, studied art and lives in USA.

It's hard to miss the bright pink clothed cover on any bookshelf. The book is a large format 104-page hardcover. Overkill collects mainly his commercial works with a handful of personal pieces. He has done work for Playboy magazine so there are some sex themed illustrations included.

His illustrations are highly imaginative, at times psychedelic. Most revolve around dark subject matter. The first illustration in the book shows an old baby something being born out of someone's mouth.

Many of his work feature strong juxtaposition, either through imagery or the use of colours. His colour palette is quite arresting, particularly for pieces that use strong complementary colours. He doesn't use much gradient for his colours so they look very manga style. I had actually thought he was a Japanese artist because of his colouring. And his composition is masterful.

Also available is a limited edition of the book with a slipcase and an A4 print of a girl with a giant lizard. You can get that at Upperplayground website.

This is a great art book. You can check out more work on his website.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Drawing And Painting Buildings
Drawing And Painting Buildings
von Richard Taylor
Preis: EUR 19,54

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Useful guide, 15. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Drawing And Painting Buildings (Taschenbuch)
Länge:: 1:02 Minuten

I bought this book to help with my outdoor sketches.

The book is roughly divided into three parts. The first talks about the materials. The examples featured mainly uses pencils, ink and watercolour. The second part looks at drawing small subjects like bricks, tiling, textures. The last part explores various building styles.

The coverage on perspective is very basic. There are the usual 1, 2 and 3 point perspective all covered in 6 pages. I was expecting more from a book on buildings. There aren't any tips on dealing with tricky perspective, like drawing buildings with vanishing points off the paper.

There are plenty of drawing tips accompanying the examples. Those are helpful and the techniques are easy to follow.

The downside of the book is it doesn't teach you how to observe proportions, and the examples are mostly on observational drawings. Those with basic drawing knowledge would gain more from this book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Ar Tonelico Visual Book
Ar Tonelico Visual Book
von Gust

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5.0 von 5 Sternen For the Ar Tonelico fans, 14. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ar Tonelico Visual Book (Taschenbuch)
Länge:: 1:08 Minuten

The Ar Tonelico Visual Book is the English edition of the Japanese one released in 2010. So Udon has been quite fast in bringing this Englished translated edition out.

It collects artwork from the three game series including Ar tonelico, Ar tonelico II and Ar tonelico Qoga. This is the first time I've heard of the game and seen its artwork. The content inside are arranged into three chapters for the splash art, character designs and the interview.

The art is beautiful. The character designs come with the character profiles. The designs are the finished versions so there aren't any concept sketches. There are plenty of characters and they are drawn in very typical Japanese style, in this case I think it's more towards the Shoujo manga style except with more elaborate fantasy costumes. There are also costume designs for the female characters at different levels.

The background artworks are great but many pieces are packed into a 2-page spread that appears before the chapters. So each piece is rather small.

The lengthy interview at the back is with producer Astunori Kawachi and director Akira Tsuchiya. They talk about the concept of the story, the game and the music.

The binding of the book looks alright, the glue not very flexible so I would recommend caution as with other paperback artbooks published by Udon.

Because of the style of the art, this book should appeal more to fans of the game.

(There are more pictures of the book review on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Where They Create
Where They Create
von Alexandra Onderwater
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 37,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating and wonderful, 7. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Where They Create (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:21 Minuten

I love looking at workspace of other artists, designers and creators. There's something intimate about people and their workspace.

Where They Create is a large 288-page hardcover book. On the cover is pasted a photo of a workspace, and each book would feature a different photo. The copy I have has a cat sleeping on a desk.

This is a wonderful book that invites us to these places, the offices, studios or even workshops. The idea of this book actually came from a blog by the same name. In this book, 32 studios are selected to be featured.

The pages are filled with beautiful photos taken by Paul Barbera. The photos together with the interviews are nicely laid out in a way to reflect the random nature of the workspace featured.

Each photo reveals the nature of the work that's being done, and the people working there. You can see what strange items that sit on shelves or pasted to walls, the furniture in the rooms, the kitchen, the people and the atmosphere of the workspace. Looking at them reminds me of those beautifully composed Ikea showroom photos, except here they are filled with life.

This is a captivating book. There's a sense of fascination when looking at the photos. Highly recommended.

(There are more photos of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather
Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather
von Richard Schilling
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 42,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Beauty in art and prose, 29. November 2011
Länge:: 1:22 Minuten

I found this book while looking for other books from Richard Shilling. I had reviewed his earlier watercolour instructional art book Watercolor Journeys: Create Your Own Travel Sketchbook which I like.

In Portraits of the Prairie, he goes to Webster County, Nebraska, where American novelist Willa Cather spent her childhood and found inspiration for her stories. Cather's elegant prose provides the starting point for Schilling to recreate what the writer might have seen. Schilling also provides short commentary on the places he visited, and sometimes on his watercolour paintings.

The art is gorgeous. The essence of the American prairie is wonderfully captured, together with the creeks, dusty roads, houses and buildings, the clouds and sky.

This is a beautiful book. The text and art work well together. Those familiar with Carther's stories will probably get more insight and appreciation.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

von Dean Yeagle
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 37,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for those into character designs and pin-up art, 20. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Melange (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:05 Minuten

It appears that there was an earlier edition of Melange before this. There's a "+32 pages" sticker pasted on the cover for this edition published by Akileos. The book's a 160-page hardcover.

Dean Yeagle is a cartoonist and character designer with background in animation. This book collects his diverse character designs, nude female figure drawings, pin-ups and his Playboy cartoons with some unused roughs.

The art and characters are beautiful. About half the book is on the character Mandy, a playful busty blonde - she's on the cover with her dog. Even the Playboy cartoons are amusing, and I can't say the same for other artists.

It's a great book for those into character designs and pin-up art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

Adventurous Watercolours
Adventurous Watercolours
von Jenny Wheatley
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,88

3.0 von 5 Sternen Too adventurous?, 16. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Adventurous Watercolours (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:26 Minuten

The watercolour art shown in the book isn't the usual watercolour style. If there's traditional and non-traditional style, she would belong to very non-traditional. Her style is more towards to the experimental side, especially her techniques.

Jenny Wheatley doesn't claim to be a purist. Her work in watercolour doesn't follow the conventional approach. She often combines watercolour with other media, like gouache or even collage. She even gives her style a name called mark-making which is unnecessary.

There really isn't any particular piece in the book that really catches my eye. Even if it grabs my attention, it's often for the wrong reasons. The collage with paper cutouts don't work well with watercolour. Her glazing has the effect of looking like crayons sometimes. She doesn't follow any particular colour theory when colouring so colours can be a bit chaotic at times. There are no white space in her paintings, not that it's a bad thing, but I'm saying that to emphasis the non-traditional nature of her work.

Much of her art are created on location and from reference, but with her style, they sort of lose the presence of the place.

Even if you want to try out more experimental watercolour techniques, I'll recommend that you should look at the pages before buying the book, or at least check out her website to get an idea of what to expect.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

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