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13 July 2007
Meet some of the finest digital 2D and 3D artists working in the industry today, from Patrick Beaulieu, Philip Straub, Benita Winckler, Alessandro Baldasseroni to Khalid Al Muharraqi, Marcel Baumann and Marek Denko and see how they work. More than just a gallery book - in Digital Arts Masters each artist has written a breakdown overview, with supporting imagery of how they made their piece of work.

With Digital Arts Masters you'll understand the artists' thought process and discover the tips, tricks and techniques which really work.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (13 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520858
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 21.4 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating glimpse into the working practices of the pros.”--3D World magazine, Nov 06

”This book not only exhibits the artists at the cutting edge of the digital art industry but also delivers valuable tips and advice that will usher in the next generation of Digital Art Masters.”--Tim Warnock - matte painter / concept artist. www.thenextside.com

”For those who are not satisfied with only a 'final picture' book and also want to know the techniques behind the images.”--Rafal Wojtunik - 'Fallen Art' BAFTA winning movie & Platige Image concept artist. www.platige.com

About the Author

3DTotal has grown from a student college project in 1999 to one of the largest online digital art communities on the Internet. With continual daily updates of CG news, tutorials, galleries, articles and resources, the site now attracts over 100,000 daily visitors. Based in the UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful 15 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
I also bought this book at Siggraph 2007, and am very impressed with my purchase. This is a tasteful and extensive collection at a very reasonable price. Section titles include Fantasy, Characters, Scenes, Cartoon, and Sci-Fi images. Each of these broad categories contains about 15 sub-sections that each focus in on one specific art piece, with several pages of in-progress work and discussion by the artist. Sections vary in length from 4 to 6 pages. Some are even longer. There are a few more 3d works than 2d, but this distinction is hardly noticeable.

The supporting 3d images include clay renders, wireframes, scene screengrabs (with lights, alpha planes, and other techniques displayed), and sometimes UI screengrabs. Supporting 2d images include reference images used by the artist, pencil sketches, and sometimes idea development before actual production began.

Unlike many other books, the binding of the Digital Arts Masters is surprisingly hardy. It has heft. I feel comfortable reading it without worrying about pages detaching from the spine.

I would recommend this purchase to those looking for some inspiration and technique ideas. After feeling a little frustrated with Ballistic publishing, I'm glad I bought this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The illustrations in this book shouldn't be unfamiliar if you're a frequent visitor of 3D Total. The artwork can be found in the art galleries over there.

This book has compiled the working processes of more than 50 artists. It is not a step-by-step tutorial book and it doesn't focus on any specific software. But the frequently used software are 3D Max, Maya and Photoshop. The art techniques used by the artists can be easily achieved using similar software.

One illustration from each artist is chosen. The workflow of creating the illustration is then explained in first person by the artists. They talk about the challenges, tips, techniques and inspiration they have. For example, on the subject of creating realism in scenes, different artists will take different approaches. All these are discussed non technically that every reader should have no problem following.

The book focuses heavily on 3D art. However, there's a small section with several artists featured on 2D digital painting as well. For 3D, you'll read about things like how textures are applied, how lighting is handled, the different approaches to modeling etc. For digital painting, it's basically on the process and how they achieve the look they planned out in the concept stage.

This book is highly recommended to 3D and digital painting artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of talent 24 Sep 2007
By Matt
Format:Paperback
Digital Art Masters 2 is a superbly printed and bound selection of works by a selection of artists from around the globe. For those whose frequent online art communities, some of the artists or works might be immediately familiar. Each section revolves around a main piece which is shown from concept to completion, giving an insight into how each was made. This is followed by a number of smaller images of further works by the artist.

Giving a fantastic insight into the process behind the works, both 2D and 3D (probably a little more 3D), this volume features a good range of subjects and styles from automobiles to fantasy to children's book-style illustrations.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For my Son In Law 3 Jan 2014
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He loved it. Has so much knowledge in it to help him with his graphics. Has bought all the other volumes now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful 15 Aug 2007
By Alex Bluesummers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I also bought this book at Siggraph 2007, and am very impressed with my purchase. This is a tasteful and extensive collection at a very reasonable price. Section titles include Fantasy, Characters, Scenes, Cartoon, and Sci-Fi images. Each of these broad categories contains about 15 sub-sections that each focus in on one specific art piece, with several pages of in-progress work and discussion by the artist. Sections vary in length from 4 to 6 pages. Some are even longer. There are a few more 3d works than 2d, but this distinction is hardly noticeable.

The supporting 3d images include clay renders, wireframes, scene screengrabs (with lights, alpha planes, and other techniques displayed), and sometimes UI screengrabs. Supporting 2d images include reference images used by the artist, pencil sketches, and sometimes idea development before actual production began.

Unlike many other books, the binding of the Digital Arts Masters is surprisingly hardy. It has heft. I feel comfortable reading it without worrying about pages detaching from the spine.

I would recommend this purchase to those looking for some inspiration and technique ideas. After feeling a little frustrated with Ballistic publishing, I'm glad I bought this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense wealth of experience from over 50 artists 27 Feb 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The illustrations in this book shouldn't be unfamiliar if you're a frequent visitor of 3D Total. The artwork can be found in the art galleries over there.

This book has compiled the working processes of more than 50 artists. It is not a step-by-step tutorial book and it doesn't focus on any specific software. But the frequently used software are 3D Max, Maya and Photoshop. The art techniques used by the artists can be easily achieved using similar software.

One illustration from each artist is chosen. The workflow of creating the illustration is then explained in first person by the artists. They talk about the challenges, tips, techniques and inspiration they have. For example, on the subject of creating realism in scenes, different artists will take different approaches. All these are discussed non technically that every reader should have no problem following.

The book focuses heavily on 3D art. However, there's a small section with several artists featured on 2D digital painting as well. For 3D, you'll read about things like how textures are applied, how lighting is handled, the different approaches to modeling etc. For digital painting, it's basically on the process and how they achieve the look they planned out in the concept stage.

This book is highly recommended to 3D and digital painting artists.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 5 Feb 2008
By Andrew Grant Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, lots of artwork. Granted, about half of the artwork you could find with a quick google, but its nice to have something real that you can hold. Its also great for the upcoming digital arts apprentice like myself who wants to see how other people's art came to life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating and Informative Book! 1 Jan 2008
By Matthew R. Dale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this book as a Christmas present about 7 days ago, and havent put it down since. I find myself reading and re-reading the artists procedures and techniques, many of which I plan to try and incorporate into my own workflow. All of the images are masterpieces and have inspired me greatly. Anyone interesting in the realm of digital art, from seasoned artist to novice, should pick this book up for your personal library, you wont be sorry!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dreamy 27 Oct 2007
By A. Tamadondoost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a golden key. If u are an animator or a animation student, U have to read it. :) I bought it & LOVE it.
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