Saturday, June 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Drawing: Science Fiction: Learn to draw step by step (How to Draw and Paint)

Title: Drawing: Science Fiction: Learn to draw step by step (How to Draw and Paint)

Publisher: Walter Foster

RRP: $12.99

ISBN: 9781600581724

Release Date: Dec 2011

Pages: 32


In this 32-page guide, talented fantasy artist Jacob Glaser guides readers through an artistic journey in the world of science fiction. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects include everything from aliens to robots—plus readers can discover fantastical “facts” along the way! Aspiring artists will also find tips and tricks for turning their pencil drawings into colorful, digital works of art.

About the Author

Jacob Glaser is a professional illustrator who lives in Long Beach, CA. After earning his BFA in illustration, he worked at several companies as a staff artist and art director before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. Jacob believes in aliens, ghosts, and all sorts of magical nonsense—possibly because he played Dungeons and Dragons too often in high school.


Drawing Science Fiction is a great little book in a series by well known artist and instructor, Jacob Glaser. I have collected four of these books and found the step by step instructions extremely helpful in gaining skills in drawing. There are around two hundred books in the Walter Foster series, so there are topics for just about every taste. The format of the books are such that you are given the finished picture to study, then images of how to create the picture through the different stages of drawing and painting.

Science Fiction is a great book for learning how to draw a range of futuristic characters, creatures and scenes. If you like space, robots and role-play games such as D20 Modern, and want to create your own images, and then this book will be a great tool for you to begin.

The lessons in this book are; Tools and Materials, The Elements of Drawing, Basic Pencil Techniques, Creating Textures, Perspective Basics, Gray Alien, Ray Gun, Brain in a Jar, Android, Space Hero, Space Pope, Starfighter Pilot, Alien Heroine and Space Sword Mystic.

I found the steps quite easy to follow and the basic skills in the first few chapters to be very helpful and would benefit beginner artists.

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