Archive for the ‘Fantasy Art’ Category

The Skillful Huntsman(Concept Art Book)

July 21, 2014

skillful huntsman

My latest book review is on The Skillful Huntsman; which is a concept art book that was inspired by old Grimm fairy tales. Concept artist and educator Scott Robertson selected 3 of his students from Art Center College of Design to work on the visual development over a 3-4 month time period.

What really made this book stand out was first, being able to read the grimm tale. Second, seeing how three concept artists approach design ideas from start to finished work; along with writing short notes on their thinking and reasons for creating the visuals. Also, having Scott Robertson giving a short synopsis’s after each artist’s input and designs made this book more enriching .

The contributing artists are: Felix Yoon, Mike Yamada, and Khang Lee. They provide a generous amount of concept art. From great vehicles, characters, creatures, environments, interiors and weapons designs packed into one book.
Also, the book is in color and approximately 160 pages.
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I give this book 5 stars

more on this book and other published material at design studio press.


My first youtube video-“The Making of Mother Earth’s Color Portrait”

June 7, 2012

This is a fantasy portrait of Mother Earth; painted digitaly in Corel Painter X. This is the first of 10 finished pieces in a series for my conservation project. My goal is to produce a mini movie on the making of the project, to go along with the actual paintings for future art exhibits. Stay tuned for more updates on my youtube channel, art, news, and shows.

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Michael Burton

Drawing and Painting Fantasy landscapes and Cityscapes

March 18, 2012

I had a chance to read through the book, Drawing and Painting Fantasy landscapes and Cityscapes book by Rob Alexander. The book is an easy read and has lots of nice paintings and sketches to look at for inspiration. The book didn’t have a step by step detailed approach for a beginner. Instead, Alexander gives you a list of materials that you will need for drawing and painting fantasy landscapes and cityscapes. From there he explores and introduces the essentials of color theory, light and shade, perspective, architecture, landscapes, composition, and how to observe nature. this is good because he is giving your mind some things to think about before you dive into it.

In the next sections of the book he explains and gives examples of different weather conditions in how the environments react to those changes in color, light and shadows, etc. He also explores different textures and conditions of rocks, mountains, sand, desert, snow, ice, rain, water, underwater, and other surfaces and how you can combine the elements with architecture and other design ideas. lastly, he gives you ideas and examples of how other experienced artists working in the industry approach creativity in drawing and painting environments.

With Alexander’s approach you get a real good sense of what you need to get the understanding as well as getting started in creating your own fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Also, this book would mesh well with James Gurney books on instruction in Color theory and light, and imaginative Realism; in the sense that you can read Alexander’s book as a summary on what Gurney has deeply explored in his two books, as quick reminders of things to know and look for.

Check out more of Rob Alexanders work, books, and other products at his website;