Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams (Adobe Master Class) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/5/18
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Maggie Taylor's digital photo collages have been described as a contemporary exploration of the Surrealist world view. In Taylor's strange, parallel universe, birds ride bicycles, ideas materialize in the shape of clouds, and wings sprout from the backs of prim Victorian women. Starting with objects that she finds on eBay, in flea markets, and in her own surroundings, Taylor then uses her flatbed scanner, Adobe Photoshop, and an Iris printer, to produce images of surprising beauty and emotional impact.
Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams offers a close and richly illustrated examination of Taylor's practice, tracing her images from inspiration through execution. Taylor explains her influences, both in art and in her own life, and takes the reader inside the making of some of her intriguing, painterly work. Along the way, we hear from respected artists and critics familiar with Taylor's work, and from the artist herself, in conversation with the author.
Illustrated with more than 65 color plates, Landscape of Dreams is essential reading (and viewing) for all those interested in applying technology to a creative personal vision.
Amy Standen is a journalist who works in both print and radio. Formerly a technology editor for Salon.com, she is a senior editor at the environmental quarterly Terrain as well as a producer for "Philosophy Talk," a syndicated public radio show. She also works as an oral historian.
Imagery like this uses not only technical skill and PhotoShop knowledge, but artistic sensibilities and aesthetics. It would be like buying a Monet in a paint-by-numbers kit and thinking it will help you paint like the Master.
The book is about inspiration, and inspiring you to create amazing ethereal and surreal images like Maggie Taylor. There are some images and text that briefly explain how some of her pieces were created. But all in all, this book is more about inspiration than education. So get another PhotoShop book to learn how to use the program...then buy this book to be inspired as to WHY you want to use it.
While there is some exquisite imagery and artwork within, this book is written with much of the hyperbole of art criticism today i.e. "Isn't this artist wonderful and completely groundbreaking and influential, oh my!". This is not to say Maggie Taylor isn't a talented and provacative artist but I don't feel she is re-creating and re-directing the surrealist movement as we know it as this book might begin to lead one to believe.
The author, Amy Standen, writes much more about Maggie Taylor's life and inspirations than her actual work and even less about her creative process involving photoshop. There is one step-by-step tutorial (which is available as pdf dowload with a little searching on the internet, I had it before I bought the book, actually it's why I bought the book) and even then it assumes much about the knowledge of the reader. There are several in-process works which show images of each in various stages of completion but talks little about the down and dirty photoshop techniques used to create them.
I would have liked to seen much more in the way of tutorials and creative process in the literal sense. It's more than acceptable as an "art" book rather than a "photoshop master class" book but let's call it what it is...