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Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang [Paperback]

By Doug Chiang (Author)
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Learn to draw the creatures, robots, vehicles, and drama of distant worlds--perennial favorites in film, television, toys and games. Award-winning entertainment artist Doug Chiang gives the inside scoop on his processes, techniques, and theories for creating eye-popping science fiction artwork.

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Delve into a world of imagination populated with giant robots, strange vehicles, alien creatures and other fantastic inventions. For generations artists have created imagery destined for the entertainment of others, and now you can too.

Revered science fiction artist and film designer, Doug Chiang, reveals the thought processes and techniques he used working on blockbusters such as the "Star Wars" prequels, "War of the Worlds," "Terminator," and "Beowulf." You'll learn from Chiang's visionary experience as he shares his design processes, giving expert advice and showcasing the groundbreaking style that has earned his creations a spot in the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Tokyo National Museum.

Inside you'll discover: 30+ lessons for creating out-of-this-world science fiction scenes in the style featured in films, books, comics, toys and games using both traditional and digital techniquesDetails and tips for using Adobe Photoshop to conceive, design, draw and enhance your creations25 step-by-step demonstrations of outrageous robots, vehicles, creatures and environments with finished color imagesForeword by film producer/director Robert Zemeckis ("Monster House," "The Polar Express," "Back to the Future," "Beowulf")With tips on everything from basic skills like blueline sketching and assembling a toolkit to conceptualization and painting for digital art, "Mechanika" has everything you need to get great results and make your science fiction worlds come alive

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Impact
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.81" Width: 8.34" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Impact
ISBN  1600610234  
ISBN13  9781600610233  
UPC  035313642449  

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Currently Executive Vice President of ImageMovers Digital, a Walt Disney Company, Doug Chiang has earned an Academy Award, two British Academy Awards and a Clio Award. He joined Industrial Light and Magic in 1989 and Lucasfilm LTD in 1995, becoming creative director and visual effects art director. He has worked on many blockbuster films including Terminator 2, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, The Mask, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Polar Express, and War of the Worlds. He has written and illustrated several books, including Robota (Chronicle Books 2003), which he created and co-wrote with Orson Scott Card. His artwork has been in major exhibitions around the world.

Doug Chiang currently resides in the state of California.

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2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > Drawing
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang?

Amazing books for any artist, designer or even a non-artist  Oct 25, 2008
This book is exceptionally well illustrated with clear lessons on how this master creates his art. It is a fantastic value and loaded with How-to's for anyone interested on how the design process flows. It's packed with fantastical designs and very inspirational. After going thru this book, you will want to pull out your markers and pens and attempt to create your own designs using Doug's techniques. The instructions are clear and once you get into the flow, the results are amazing. It's soft back so the value is wonderful and stays within the budgets of students and everyday people. I recommend it highly!
cool...  Sep 24, 2008
Gotta love Doug Chiang as an artist... hes just got a great style and now we can look at how he does things. another great concept art book!
A Well Put Together Step-by-Step Book For Sci-Fi Art  Sep 16, 2008
After reading the author note at the beginning of the book the rest of the lessons fell in place. Chiang goes into concept design so clearly that I started to wonder,"Why didn't I think of that!" (Chiang's 20 years of experience will make you FEEL like that.) There is great insight into his process of science fiction design to the point where it made me eager to start some projects of my own. There is also a couple of great Photoshop tips you can use for digital painting which was made to be very simple. All I can say is that this is an excellent book/manual for anyone interested in creating their own science fiction art work.
Mechanika  Sep 14, 2008
Always a pleasure to see Doug Chiangs work and now we get a chance to see how he does it . A nice look into the workings of a sci-fi inventer . Lots of helpful advice and encouragement .

Graham McKenzie
Very insightful book.  Sep 7, 2008
This book is an insightful look into how to do mech type artwork as done by an amazing professional. He goes over his process and tools of the trade step by step. I bought one for myself and one for my up and coming nephew and we both loved it.

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