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Book Review - Digital Character Design and Painting - The Photoshop CS Edition (Graphics Series)

Author:Don Seegmiller
ISBN: 1584503408
Publisher: Charles River Media
Bk&CD-Rom edition
9.2 x 7.4 x 1.0
377 pages
Published: August, 2004
This is one of the best books on digital painting and character design that I have found. Most computer painting books deal with digital filters and special effects but this book is truly like taking a class in digital character painting with AdobeR PhotoshopR CS.

In the first part of the book the author, Don Seegmiller, discusses his approach to creating an original character design. He begins the process by answering a list of questions about the budding character he is creating. Then he builds on this by creating a fictional history for his character to give it a physical appearance and personality.

In the second part of the book Seegmiller discusses how traditional artistic principles apply to digital character design and painting. After covering the basics of color, value and light, he concentrates on the individual aspects of digital character painting. Then he discusses some of the tools in Photoshop CS that you will need to be familiar with.

The third part of the book is where the fun really begins. Seegmiller devotes an entire chapter to digital painting eyes, face, hair and fabric. In the rest of the chapters he helps you to apply what you have learned to designing and painting many diverse characters from a human to a wizard creature.

Don Seegmiller specializes in graphic design and illustration. He has taught figure drawing at Brigham Young University and has worked for the video game developer Saffire Corporation. He offers workshops demonstrating his approach to digital character design and painting and has written articles for Design Graphics magazine.

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