Visions of future worlds have always exercised a powerful fascination. From the pulp artists of the '30s, through the airbrush artists of the '70s and '80s, to today's CGI animators, science-fiction has always provided the artist with a blank canvas on which their imagination could run wild. Today, as more artists enter the digital arena, these alien vistas, towering cityscapes, vast spacecraft and strange lifeforms are becoming breathtakingly realistic. With the right tools, you can bring your wildest dreams to virtual life. At the heart of Digital Sci-Fi Art is a detailed survey of the key techniques involved in creating these visionary masterpieces, with step-by-step workthroughs showing in detail how science fiction art takes digital form. These examples sit alongside a showcase of some of the best contemporary sci-fi illustration being produced anywhere in the world. With users of both 2D and 3D graphics applications catered for, Digital Sci-Fi Art is an inspirational as well as practical volume for digital artists at every level.
Michael Burns is a freelance journalist with eight years' experience of writing about the creative computer graphics, digital technology, and new media and design industries. He contributes regularly to Computer Arts, Digit, Televisual, PC Pro, Macworld and Macformat, among various other publications. Michael's previous books include Digital Fantasy Painting and Femme Digitale.