Book Review: Complete Digital Illustration
This is a highly informative guide to this important design area. Along with nicely organized tutorials, it has useful tips from some of the best designers from across the world. It can help you get better at your craft, organize a great portfolio and even give you suggestions on how you can start getting the orders rolling in!
The books speaks of an entire range of image producing practices of the day, be it in the realm of music or fashion or even toy designs. It is something of a master class to the reader, fine tuning skills of professionals as well as encouraging the beginner to take up design on a more serious level. We would call it an inspirational guide that every designer must own.
Complete Digital Illustration can be used as an introduction to the best digital artists from around the globe, as these professionals share their own experiences, give their personal tips and opinions about how to go about a project and simply a few background stories/ You could keep it as a reference guide if you wanted to or, or even use it as a magazine (well a very thick magazine!) that you pick up every once in a while, to while your time in a constructive manner.
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Unlike the run of the mill editorial publications on fine art, ‘Complete Digital Illustration’ features usable and inspirational radical designs.
You will find collages and illustrations in this book, apart from loads of vector graphics and a lot of mixing and matching of these elements to bring them together in an artistic fashion. You would find a lot of tips on traditional (not just digital) art in here. Do not be surprised if you run into tips on crafting and manually, hand-drawn art! You will find seven well written articles on how artists create their art using computers. If you want a step by step guide to making certain graphics, this may not be the book for you. On the other hand if you are looking to improve on the thought processes which in turn would help you make those special graphics, this is it! You will find loads of experiment ideas into improving your understanding on HOW you can create art.
The author, Lawrence Zeegen is a well respected illustrator and educator, apart from being a writer of course. He is the program head of communications and media art at the University of Brighton, so you can imagine the authenticity and importance of this man’s writings. He has vas experience in lecturing at conferences and design institutions across the world. He has also served as a consultant and examiner for educational institutions in the UK, China, Greece and even Russia! Needles to say, Lawrence Zeegan is one of a handful of visual specialists with this much expertise in his subjects.
If you are not already convinced of the valuable information available to you through ‘Complete Digital Illustration’, we would love to hear about a better design bible!
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