Available for purchase from The Pithy Python
Depicts two types of ironclads present at the Battle of Mobile Bay
during the American War Between the States
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USEFUL BOOKS (an annotated Bibliography):
(double click the title link if you want to buy the book from Amazon.Com)
- 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. I'm still in the middle of this book, so I'll let you know more when I'm finished with it.]
- 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.]
- Coburn III, Foster . CorelDraw 12 Unleashed . Unleashed Productions, Inc. 2004. ISBN:0-97-498010-2.[This is actually a CD training course which also contains a book. Probably the single best way to learn all the nuances of the Corel Draw package. Very Highly Recommended.]
- Danaher, Simon. Creating 3D Worlds. Hauppage, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 2005. ISBN: 0-7641-7843-1. [This is a very short , bu 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.]
- Huss, David; Priester, Gary. Corel Draw Studio Techniques. Berkeley, CA: Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1998. ISBN: 0-07-882450-8 [This book actually focuses on Corel Draw versions 7 and 8. It walks you through various activities (e.g.,creating a clock face, filled wine glass, various textures,logos, etc.) using Corel Draw and Corel PhotoPaint. Very instructive.]
- 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 6.1, 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 7 Revealed: The e-Frontier Official Guide. Boston, Massachusetts::Thomson Course Technology, 2007. ISBN:1-59863-296-5. [Good beginner's book from the people who created Poser. Highly Recommended.]
- Sumersby,Alex. The Ultimate Paint Shop Pro User Guide. Bath, UK: Future Publishing, Limited. 2004. ISBN: 1-85870-177-5. [A really nice collection of tutorial articles covering not just photo manipulation, but the more basic paint functions of Paint Shop Pro. Highly recommended.]
- Threinen-Pendarvis. The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2005. ISBN:0-321-16891-7.[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; Wysniauskas, Audre. Practical Poser 6. Hingham, Massachusetts: Charles River Media, Inc. 2005. ISBN:1-58450-443-9. [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. Highly Recommended. ]
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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.
--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.
- 3D Commune--Lots of objects, characters, textures, etc., for most of the main stream digital arts tools. Check out their tutorial section.
- 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..
- PoserPros--This site's main focus is Poser; however, its forums have sections for Poser, Bryce, DAZ Studio, Lightwave, et al. Some free stuff is available. Site is run by DAZ.
- Renderosity--Lots of free and commercial products for many of the major graphics tools. Has forums and a tutorial section.
- Runtime DNA--Support for DAZ and Poser products. Has a lot of tutorials, forums, etc.