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Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters

Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters

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Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting: Characters is a comprehensive guide for artists wishing to create convincing and detailed characters. It features established artists such as Charlie Bowater (concept artist at Atomhawk) and Derek Stenning (freelance concept artist and illustrator, with clients including Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo) who share their industry experiences by covering such aspects as posing characters, choosing the correct costumes, conveying emotions, and creating suitable moods. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions – including a quick tips section that covers how to paint elements that are integral to character design – make this an invaluable resource for those looking to learn new skills, as well as those pursuing the next level.

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Following on from the highly successful Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, this latest title explores the popular techniques used in character design.

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting: Characters is a comprehensive guide for artists wishing to create convincing and detailed characters. It features established artists such as Charlie Bowater (concept artist at Atomhawk) and Derek Stenning (freelance concept artist and illustrator, with clients including Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo) who share their industry experiences by covering such aspects as posing characters, choosing the correct costumes, conveying emotions, and creating suitable moods. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions – including a quick tips section that covers how to paint elements that are integral to character design – make this an invaluable resource for those looking to learn new skills, as well as those pursuing the next level.

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Softback 224 pages
Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-909414-14-3

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Contents and contributors

Introduction

Getting started
Setting up your canvas
Overcoming a blank canvas
Setting up your brushes
Setting up your color swatches

Establishing your character
Form and anatomy
Character types
Composition and positioning
Storytelling and moods

Character generation
Body type and skin
Designing and painting the face
Painting hair
Designing a costume
Pose and background

Creative workflows
Desert man
Sci-fi female
Medieval jester
Merchant trader

Quick tips
Hair
Skin
Ears and eyes
Nose and mouth/lips
Fur and clothing materials
Accessories

Breakdown gallery

Glossary

Meet the artists

Index

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Endorsements

“These tutorials not only provide interesting exercises for the beginner to help build a strong foundation for drawing and painting, but also provide important insights into the mindset of a concept artist. Very useful and inspiring!”
Lois Van Baarle (aka Loish)
Digital concept artist & animator | loish.net

“This title is an invaluable resource for both aspiring artists, as well as the more experienced. Filled to the brim with sophisticated, but still easy-to-follow material, with a lot of practical tips. It is a fabulous learning source for everyone seeking improvement in this field.”
Marta Dahlig
Freelance digital artist | dahlig.deviantart.com

“This title serves as an amazing inspirational material for aspiring digital artists, but it can also be a refreshing collection of references for professionals who want to add more skills to their set!”
Will Murai
Illustrator and concept artist | willmurai.com

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