Actually I have downloaded it and read several chapters. By looking at the book I meant actrually reading some of it, that's what books are for reading not looking at pretty pictures(well for anyone over 8 years old anyway).
give me a break, your talking about artists here, who are HIGHLY visual people, I'd rather see a picture then read a line of crappy non-stimulating text any day. I've learned over the years you cant learn crap from books, I've learned everything I know from a combo of trial/error and the internet. And looking at the job position I have right now, it was like getting a free college degree that would have cost me like 50k or something.
I havent seen tsu's tutorial. ANd I read plenty, mostly pixelation forums and when I'm writing code, although reading code I dont think is really considered reading. Anyway, technical info about palettes and "such" isnt going to teach anyone about being an artist, and making beautiful graphics for games/anything, you would be 1000x better off picking up a book about art, FULL of pictures, and read descriptions of what inspired the artist, how they felt, etc.. All that touchy feely stuff is where true art comes from, not from knowing technical information. When I draw a face, I envision it in my head, my finger running across the curves of the skin, the texture of the skin, how the light hits it, etc.. I dont grab a technical manual about anatomy and break out the drafting table to draw a perfectly symmetrical face. The first thing you need when doing any kind of art, is the inner inspiration to create what you envision. Perfect example where I work, we get cd's in daily, and you can tell these morons that created the pieces arent artists. Rather they're college trained goons, trained to know photoshop and illustrator on a MAC only, no art talent, just the knowhow to semi-work a program decently. Why? Because they were trained on technical information, not to use the "force" to pick colors, and let lines flow on paper. Anyway I'm ranting.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2003 17:38:05 GMT -5 by Dogmeat
Well of course reading traditional art books helps. I have a huge collection of them along with ton's of bookmarked tutorials and art galleries on everything from oil painting to pixeling to 3d work. All those things of course help, so do taking drawing classes or other art courses in highschool of college, any type of art experience or nowledge helps. While a book like this might not help with the actual laying down of pixels, the information it has is useful for the techinical side of things.