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08-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Doug Chiang is a master of sci-fi. You've seen his work in Star Wars, The Terminator, Beowulf and all kinds of other stuff. Now he's showing you how he does it in Mechanika, his first ever instructional book. Here's a taste.


This is one of my personal favorites. It never ceases to amaze me how much narrative Doug can cram into one painting. The book is chock full of advice for any artist working in the genre, but I particularly liked Doug's end note.

"I'm often asked how much time I spend on a drawing or painting. ... It's not a race. The end result is what matters most. When people see your work they will not be impressed with how fast it was completed, but they will care if it's done very well."

Check the book out here. (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1971/art-instruction)

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08-22-2008, 06:56 PM
May have to check this out. I was quite impressed with his work on Robota.

08-23-2008, 10:19 PM
Does anyone know if this book covers traditional medias or computer graphics... or both?


08-24-2008, 10:37 AM
In reply, here's a quote from www.amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk):

"Readers will learn to draw the creatures, robots, craft and drama of distant worlds. This book gives expert advice and showcases the author's visual style through the creation of this phenomenal style of art."

Search for "Mechanika", because the UK title appears to be different from the US title: "Mechanika: How to Create Science Fiction Art".

Or go to the US version of Amazon. UK Amazon has bargains and postage deals for the UK. So the US version may be doing the same.

08-28-2008, 09:40 AM
The focus is strongly on the digital painting aspects. Doug covers marker sketches and foundation lines, and then goes digital. You can hear more about it here: (http://www.impact-books.com/fantasy-sci-fi/doug-chiang-at-comic-con/)