SECTION TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Digital Art Software— Digital art creation tools you might find useful
USEFUL BOOKS (an annotated Bibliography):
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Books on Digital Art
Addison, Martin. Painter X for Photographers. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-240-52033-9. [This book is a little different from the more standard tutorial books on Painter X. It focuses on techniques for turning photos into artsy drawings. In the process, you’ll learn about how to creatively use the many brushes and pencils this program provides. ]
Bouton, Gary David. CorelDraw X7: The Official Guide. McGraw-Hill Education 2014. ISBN:0071833145.[The author is an Award Winning CorelDRAW illustrator with over 20 years experience with CorelDRAW. Also note that with every version change of CorelDRAW, he produces a new edition of this book. So regardless of the version you might use, you can find an edition of this book which covers it.]
- Brilliant, Ken. Building a Digital Human. Charles Media Graphics, 2003. ISBN: 1-58450-285-1 [ Good basic book on how to draw 3D human figures with digital software. Includes old versions of Amapi (v5.15) and Project Dogwaffle 1.11b software; both now have newer versions. NOTE: the book pertains to digital techniques in general, and never talks about or focuses on one or the other software products that are available.]
- Burns, Michael. female digitale: Perfecting the female form on your computer. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications. 2003. ISBN: 0-8230-1653-6.[This book discusses, in some detail, the creation of female characters using various software products (e.g.,Poser, Painter, etc.)]
- Burns, Michael. Digital Sci-Fi Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Stunning, Futuristic Images. New York, NY: Harper Design International. 2004. ISBN: 0-06-072433-1. [Very artsy text that discusses the use of various software products in creating SF/Fantasy art. Some discussions of technique; but basically this is an “overview” book. The art shown in the book is quite nifty.]
Danaher, Simon. Creating 3D Worlds. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 2005. ISBN: 0-7641-7843-1. [This is a very short , but interesting book on creating and rendering photo-realistic 3D landscapes. Discusses texturing, lighting, and using Photoshop to apply finishing touches.]
- De La Flor, Mike Carrara 5 Pro Handbook, Hingham, Massachusetts: Charles River Media, Inc. 2006. ISBN:1-58450-463-3. [Includes demo versions of Carrara and Hexagon. Covers–using hands on examples–3D modeling, 3D texturing, animation, spline modeling, vertex modeling, advanced rendering, importing figures from Poser, and Carrara Plugins from Digital Carver. It really helped me get up to speed with Carrara Pro. My first significant Carrara project was the 3D rendering of the ironclads above. Highly recommended.] NOTE: Carrara Pro is now at an 8.5 version, but this book still covers the essentials and will get you started
- Demers, Owen; Urszenyi, Christine. [digital ] Texturing & Painting . New Riders Publishing, 2002. ISBN: 0-7357-0918-1. [ A very good book covering 3D texturing and painting techniques used by professionals. ]
- Iijima, Takashi. Action Anatomy: For Gamers, Animators, and Digital Artists. 2004 ISBN: 0-06-073681-X. [Very detailed book on animating the human figure.]
- KItchens, Susan A.; Gavenda, Victor. Real World Bryce 4: Industrial-Strength 3D World Creation Techniques4;. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2000 ISBN:0-201-35438-1.[Despite the fact that Bryce is already up to version 7.0, this book remains “The Bible” for advanced Bryce Users. If you can get a copy of this 976 page behemoth, you won’t regret it. In this book you’ll find techniques you can’t find in very many other books on the product. Very Highly Recommended. ]
- Murdock, Kelly M… Poser 8 Revealed: The Official Guide. Boston, Massachusetts::Thomson Course Technology, 2007. ISBN:1-59863-970-6. [Good beginner’s book from the people who created Poser. This is the last version of this book that seems to be available, even though Poser is now at version 11. Still highly recommended.]
- Threinen-Pendarvis, Cher. The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the IPad 2nd EditionBerkeley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2013. ISBN:0-321-190335-8. [I can’t speak to the Photoshop parts of this book; however, the Corel Painter discussions on how to use various features of the software with a graphics tablet are very useful.]
- Tyler, Denise. Practical Poser 7. Cengage Learning. 2006. ISBN:1-58450-478-8. [Very good and comprehensive beginner’s book; covers the various “rooms” (e.g., Pose Room, Face Room, Hair Room, etc.) and their roles in creating Poser characters as well as how to create Poser scenes, how to add realism to Poser characters, how to make your own Poser clothing, how to use lights and cameras, etc. Even though Poser is now up to version 11.0, this seems to cover the basics very well. Highly Recommended. ]
- Wilkes, Phil. Learning Carrara 8.5 . Infinite Skills, 2015. ISBN: None. [ This is actually a video training series of 129 lessons lasting 11.5 hours. It’s one of the few training videos available on the 8.5 verion ]
Cartooning/Drawing–Some nifty books for the beginning drawer/cartoonist
- Birch, Linda. How to Draw and Paint Animals. UK: David & Charles. 1999. ISBN:0-7153-0930-7
- Hamm, Jack. Drawing Animals. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. 1982. ISBN:0-399-50802-3
- Hamm, Jack. Drawing the Head and Figure. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. 1983. ISBN:0-399-50791-4
- Hamm, Jack. Drawing Scenery: landscapes and seascapes. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. 1988. ISBN:0-399-50806-6
- Kuramoto, John; Leib, Gary; Gray, Daniel. The Art of Cartooning with Flash. Almeda: Sybex Inc. 2001. ISBN:0-7821-2913-7 [For those of you who have Flash and would like to try your hand at cartooning on the computer]
- Maddocks, Peter. How to Draw Cartoons. New York: Guild Publishing. 1991. ISBN:1854790781
USEFUL WWW LINKS
- DAZ–The Digital Art Zone–The foremost site for high quality 3D graphics on the web. Their flagship products are: Carrara, Bryce, DAZ Studio and Hexagon. On the DAZ site you'll also find all sorts of characters, objects, textures, and poses for your 3D scenes, plus many tutorials on various aspects of digital art. Be sure to pick up their DAZ Studio product–it's very powerful . . . and free. Also check out their Platinum Club; it's the best way to pick up software and other products very inexpensively Very Highly Recommended.
- Smith Micro–One of the premiere sites for graphic software on the web. Their flagship products are Poser, Shade, Manga Studio, Amapi, Motion Artist and Anime Studio. Periodically, they run various promotions which significantly reduce the price of these products. Also check out their tutorial library. Very Highly Recommended.
- e-on Software–Home of Vue, a major competitor to Bryce. Since I started with Bryce and find it easy to use, I don't have any experience with Vue, but others speak very highly of it. Check out both products and check out their interfaces and features to see which one will fit your needs better. e-on Software has a personal learning edition you can download for free.
- Content Paradise–In my estimation this is the best digital art site after DAZ. Check out their "Passport" membership program; it's similar to DAZ's Platinum Club. They have forums. If your main interest is anime or manga, this site is for you. Site is associated with e-Frontier; official forums for all their products are found here..
- Renderosity–Lots of free and commercial products for many of the major graphics tools. Has forums and a tutorial section.