Review: Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters (2015)

Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing

Year of Publication: 2015

The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters is a book authored by multiple digital artists and published by the UK- based company 3DTotal Publishing. The book, as the title stated, is a step-by-step guide on how to paint a character digitally in the Adobe Photoshop software. It begins with a chapter of on how to getting started, how to establish and create your character, then some tips ended with samples of artworks and their breakdowns.

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The book is suitable for people who do not have any experience in digital drawing, its clear and concise steps are easy to follow and understand. It also contains pictures that help the reader to understand further more. The book taught the reader techniques in using the tools of Photoshop, the colour usage and blending, and principles in character design. Pretty much covered all lesson you need in taking your first step as a digital character illustrator. The book not only helpful for the beginner, the experienced reader can also learn tips and shortcuts from it in order to improve their work or to be more efficient.

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However, I strongly suggest the readers who classified themselves as a beginner, to know the basics of drawing traditionally beforehand. Or you might have a hard time in following steps. The book authored by multiple artists who have different artwork styles. It’s good so that the reader knows the variety of styles. But it’s also a problem because some artists use different steps on doing the same thing, this could probably confuse the reader.

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