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Delving into the concepts as much as the skills and illustrated with page after page of his ever more complex creations, if offers many helpful and often quite ingenious methods to approach this popular, but hard to master corner of fantasy art.” ImagineFX magazine

…we would recommend it a dream resource for those of you already with a keen interest in the conceptual topic, either in a professional or enthusiastic capacity…. the title is a real inspiration through sensation of the visual variety.” Advanced Photoshop magazine

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  1. Evan Sorrell
    May 25th, 2009 at 20:13 | #1

    Hi, just wanted to say I recently purchased your book and it is helping me to improve immensely! It is well written and easy to understand so thank you for all of the effort you put in to it!

  2. Francis Tsai
    May 26th, 2009 at 21:41 | #2

    Thanks Evan! I’m glad you are enjoying the book.

  3. September 1st, 2009 at 23:46 | #3

    Hey, really like your book. I’ve just bought it.
    It improves my view for fantasy pictures, as well as giving few sight about new ways to cerate fantasy art.
    Really like the Lumengrid Warden art =)

  4. September 23rd, 2009 at 09:06 | #4

    Hi, First I want to thank you a lot for publishing this amazing book. As an engineering student and part time photographer, I was looking for something to improve my drawing skills. Your book Is just what I was looking for. By the way I always appreciated my “Magic The Gathering” cards for their illustrations ! So I want to thank you too for the influence you had on my “artistic” Vision.

    Congrats for everything.

  5. Francis Tsai
    September 25th, 2009 at 08:00 | #5

    thanks John!

    Jean-Sébastien – I appreciate the kind words! My new book Extreme Worlds will have more step-by-step material, including drawing and painting demos.

  6. March 1st, 2010 at 18:14 | #6

    Hi again, I got your Extreme Worlds book and it is awesome. It will improve my vision for sure in arts. I am very glad I found your work in this vast world of art. Thanks again francis. I Wish you best with contracts, vision and everything that you cherish.


  7. Sal otero
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:14 | #7

    As an aspiring comic book artist i felt i needed some help with my mental block. I was walking thru barnes and nobles and came across ur extreme worlds book and i never looked back. Great read and good help with my tablet skills. Thank you Francis

  8. Francis Tsai
    May 27th, 2010 at 15:50 | #8

    thanks Sal!

  9. Tom Traver
    June 18th, 2010 at 20:01 | #9

    Just picked up your book “Extreme Worlds” I have to say its a fantastic book, learning quite a few things from it that have changed my ways in doing concept art and the such. Thank you for writing such a helpful book.

  10. sander
    June 24th, 2010 at 00:47 | #10

    Hey Francis, serieus bedankt voor het uitbrengen van extreme worlds en fantasy creatures! ik kan je boeken goed gebruiken bij het leren van nieuwe stijlen en het algemeen beter leren van tekenen. Ik kan niet wachten tot je een nieuw boek uitbrengt. :]

  11. sander
    June 24th, 2010 at 00:50 | #11


    whoops sorry my internet explorer translated everthing into dutch so I thought you where Dutch. But I wanted to thank you publishing youre two books. they help me a lot in my studies. I can’t wait for a new book. ;)

  12. July 30th, 2010 at 00:06 | #12

    Hi Francis, just letting you know, that I have both the books, have been living here in Sydney for about a year, trying to improve my drawing skills, while I work on the side.

    Last week after about 4 months of waiting, I finally got “100 ways to Create…” and It has given me ALOT of valuable information!
    I have also recently been expanding my female drawing techinques and I really, really wish to work with what I love and am best at doing, drawing!

    Your books have really helped me ALOT and it was out of pure accident that I found Extreme Worlds, went through it quickly and told myself: “Well what the hell this is freaking awesome!”

    I have always loved the scifi genre and hope to become to such an expert level very soon that I will be able to make a living out of drawing.

    I am currently just drawing without any programs, hands on paper etc.

    Thank you so much again for publishing your books and I look forward to buy more amazing and helpful books you will publish in the near future! :)

    Oh and I freaking loved playing Magic the gathering when I was a teenager, freaking awesome art work on those cards! :)

    Looking forward to see your future drawings! :)

    Best regards – A fellow drawer

  13. Francis Tsai
    August 28th, 2010 at 13:47 | #13

    @Tom Traver
    thanks Tom! it is my pleasure..

  14. Francis Tsai
    August 28th, 2010 at 13:47 | #14

    whoa crazy! thanks man, glad you enjoyed the books.

  15. Francis Tsai
    August 28th, 2010 at 13:48 | #15

    thanks Jean-Sébastien!

  16. Francis Tsai
    August 28th, 2010 at 13:49 | #16

    Hi Robin

    Pencil and paper is the best way to start! Those were my only tools for the first 25-30 years of my life.

  17. Jay
    March 22nd, 2011 at 13:33 | #17


    I have both your books and enjoyed them very much..
    question.. I am sure I saw another book on Amazon which was available as pre-order but it is no longer listed.

    Are you still working on another book ?



  18. Francis Tsai
    March 26th, 2011 at 09:15 | #18

    Hi Jay
    I was but it’s on hold at the moment…

  19. Alpesh Mistry
    February 9th, 2012 at 10:25 | #19

    Hi Francis,

    I’m really enjoying your work and looking to purchase yours books. Like yourself I have come from an architect background But after 8 years of study I never received no enjoyment. After researching this concept artist role it has become clear this is the job I would love doing,

    I’m now in the process of trying to develop my existing skills of 3d design and rendering to help produce a portfolio. Have you got any advice or tips to help me develop my work to get recognized for a dream job? Also I’m used to sketch up and vray along with photoshop… Could I still use these programs in the industry or shall I learn more programs?

    Would be great to hear from you.

  20. verg
    March 8th, 2012 at 09:24 | #20

    I’m really feeling the treatment you did for raydeen, galactus, and iron-man. And would love to purchase posters/prints of the whole series. Are they for sale anywhere? Thanks.

  21. Francis Tsai
    April 21st, 2012 at 10:08 | #21

    Thanks! I’d love to sell prints but they are all intellectual property I don’t have print rights for.

  22. Francis Tsai
    April 22nd, 2012 at 10:39 | #22

    @Alpesh Mistry
    Hi Alpesh
    Both books talk a bit about the skills needed for concept art work. The Extreme Worlds book is more practical and also talks a bit about 3D. For an aspiring concept artist however I’d say concentrate on drawing and painting skills.

  23. Jamie Goodman
    August 13th, 2012 at 19:58 | #23

    Love your books! I haven’t seen any updates in quite some time. Are you stiil in the art making business?


  24. Inspired
    November 5th, 2012 at 21:51 | #24

    Man you’re awesome! You totally inspired me to get back into art. Never Give Up :)

  25. Fahad
    January 24th, 2013 at 02:03 | #25

    Hello Francis Tsai, I find it extremely inspiring the way you have drawn imagery just by using your eyes alone. I have always had the passion towards digital art, but I unfortunately do not know how to sketch and which is why I feel let down at times due to my inability to do so. If you can kindly guide me how I can start from scratch and draw better. I would really appreciate your help and if you could also suggest which book I should purchase of yours that can help me in these beginning stages as well. And keep going! You are an awesome artist, and might I add that your architectural designs are also pretty awesome!

  26. January 24th, 2013 at 02:04 | #26

    This is also my site, your input would be gladly appreciated, actually everyone’s input would be gladly appreciated

  27. Mary-Q
    September 3rd, 2013 at 13:58 | #27

    Just clicked home both of these books, can’t wait until they drop down in my postbox :D

  28. Greg
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:10 | #28

    I own both of your books and they have helped me out immensely. But I’m not just posting this to thank you for your books but also to say that after reading the article about you in the August 2013 issue of ImagineFX you have now become a major inspiration to me.
    Never again will I say that I can’t do something because I don’t have the time.

    Thank you

  29. Hydra Yang
    September 23rd, 2013 at 01:19 | #29

    Hi, Francis,

    I’m a editor of Morning Star Publisher in Taiwan. I heard that your friends are gonna to write a book about your story which named Re-Invent. We are interested in it, but we can’t find any further detail of it. If you are interested in publishing it in Taiwan in complex Chinese by us, please let me know.

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