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Fantasy Genesis: A Creativity Game for Fantasy Artists

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Get rolling on your most inventive artwork ever! What lurks in the shadows of your imagination? This book takes you deep into the dusty corners and dark recesses where your most original ideas lie in wait, showing you how to lure them out into daylight, and shape them into fantastic yet believable concept art. Experimentation is the cornerstone of Fantasy Genesis. A series ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by IMPACT (first published January 1st 2010)
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Parka
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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This is one of the more unique instructional art books that I've seen, and it's incredibly fun.

Fantasy Genesis is based on the familiar dice-rolling type of games. Using a series of dice rolls, you'll pick subjects from one the many themed sets, mix and match to come up with your own ideas, creation and drawings.

Here's a quote from the book, "The challenge (and the fun) is to meld seemingly unrelated and everyday elements such as a caterpillar, seashells, fire o
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JoeyRose
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really kind of a genius idea. I kind of want to send copies to several of my artist friends.

The book is first and foremost a way of getting creative juices going and of helping to come up with some very original combinations, and it's quite fun in the way it goes about it. Lukacs is impressive as an artist, and if you really read through the book he has a lot of good tips. I actually wish there was even more instruction in it. He has a lot of good observations and notes about drawing some of th
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Hannes Steyn
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite artistic resources. A book that focuses not on how to draw, but what to draw. using a dice rolling system it helps artists think of new and interesting fantasy subjects to create. It's great for getting through art blocks.
Jim Street
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This provides a pretty good framework for generating interesting art briefs/concepts, especially when "inspiration" is lacking. The bulk of the book is Lukacs demonstrating how to use the generation tables with notes about how to handle certain elements that pop up by using the tables. There are some good nuggets of art instruction in there. I found the information about eyebrows and emotions very helpful, I've heard and read it before a number of times - but something clicked this time. The tea ...more
Ryan Beck
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book presents a novel game for artists to defeat a creative block. The game has artists roll dice to come up with interesting fantastical creatures to draw. By rolling to decide a way to combine an animal, a vegetable, an elemental/mineral, and technological device and attempting to combine them with a creatures major and minor form. The game can encourage a new way of combining concepts that the artists might not do if they were not playing the game. It is a fun exercise and a good way to ...more
Jennifer
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE THIS BOOK! It's fantastic for sketch exercises and for when you need to come up with something absolutely wild. I've seen it used with great success in a teaching environment, too, as an aid to help kids broaden their outlook on what a fantasy creature can be.
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BFA 1993 College for Creative Studies (Illustration)
Chuck Lukacs has been illustrating for the science fiction and fantasy gaming markets for over twelve years, and has also spent a number of years studying sculpture, bookarts, letterpress, and wood engraving. Lukacs’s paintings and prints have won awards and appeared in conventions, galleries and museums internationally. He's appeared in Spectrum
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