Congratulations on the book! I do hope it will be available on Amazon after some time? I'm so glad that this book is in existence. I've directed students and colleagues to your blog and told people about te general ideas you put forth, but it will be so much better to have all the information in handy book form. I plan on getting a copy for me, and after they digest drawing made easy, getting some for my young siblings.

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James Gurney is a famous illustrator who paints in a realistic manner a contrast to my own simple story. I had the honor of meeting him in person at that event! I sat in on all of his panels where he talked about his work, his technique and his experiences like working with the legendary Frank Frazetta. That same year, I picked up a copy of this book of his from Strand Books for cheap; it was worth every penny because I consult it regularly. He explains the concepts I mentioned above and breaks them down not only with text explaining them doing preparatory sketches, making value studies, taking photographs for reference, etc but also with pictures consisting of finished art, sketches, photos and other such images to explain them.

He also talks about some concepts that illustrators nowadays may be reluctant to do such as building models or researching costumes. This is a book that every artist should have on their shelves, especially if you paint in a realistic manner!

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Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This book explores the question of how to paint a realistic picture of something that doesn't exist. It is intended not only for artists interested in fantasy and science fiction, but also for anyone who wants to recreate history, visualize extinct wildlife, or simply tell a story with a picture.


Review: Imaginative Realism

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Beginning with a survey of imaginative paintings from the Renaissance to the golden Age of American illustration, the book then goes on to explain not just techniques like sketching and composition, but also the fundamentals of believable world building including archaeology, architecture, anatomy for creatures and aliens, and fantastic engineering. It concludes with details and valuable advice on careers in fantasy illustration, including video game and film concept art and toy design. More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration. It is one of the BEST books out there on artwork, in preparing your work, researching, designing characters and costumes, compositions

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