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Digital Art Masters: Volume 4: Volume 4

Digital Art Masters: Volume 4: Volume 4 [Kindle Edition]

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"It's a showcase, it's behind the scenes, it's two great tastes in one! Kudos to 3dtotal for jumping in with style."
Tom Warnock, Matte Painter, concept artist,

" With truly the best collection of digital artists, thus book stands out from the masses with its elegant layout and explanatory content fit for any artist of any genre or level. This beautiful art book jump started my inspiration and muse and I found myself doodling along after reading through it."
Henning Ludvigsen,

"Definitely one of my favorite art books of the year. It contains an incredible source of inpsiration from amazing digital artists all around the world. The high quality of this book is outstanding to say the leastl it will become a part of my personal collection for sure." Frederic St. Arnaud,

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Meet some of the finest 2D and 3D artists working in the industry today and discover how they create some of the most innovative digital art in the world. More than a gallery book or a coffee table book- Digital Art Masters Volume 4 includes over 50 artists and 900 unique and stunning 2D and 3D digital art. Beyond the breaktaking images is a breakdown of the techniques, challenges and tricks the artists employed while creating stunning imagery.

This volume, much like the previous volumes is not your standard coffee table book nor is it our usual how-to-book. This book offers inspiration and insight for the advanced amateur and professional CG artists. The Digital Art Masters series has expanded upon the competition's gallery book concept and has added the insight and experiences of professional CG artists worldwide.

Divided into 5 sections, Sci-Fi, Scene, Fantasy, Character and Cartoon, Each featured artist segement will include the thought processes behind creating unique digital images and an artist portfolio for further inspiration. Find your inspiration and discover the tips, tricks and techniques that really work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 222877 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (12 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W35LAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #565,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at the workflow of 50 top artists 6 Aug 2009
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Digital Art Masters is a series of art books that feature the workflow of digital artists, both 3D modelers and painters. Having this book in hand is no different from looking over their shoulders while they work. It's a great opportunity to learn from the top artists (full list below) in the art industry.

In the fourth volume, we get to see new artists as well as returning artists with their new projects. If you're a frequent visitor to 3DTotal or CGSociety, you have probably seen their work. This book has 50 artists providing valuable insight into how they work, be it matte painting with Photoshop, 3D modeling with Maya or even digital sculpting with Zbrush.

All the illustrations featured have their workflow explained concisely, from conception, execution to post production. Included are multiple screenshots of their work in progress. Note, however, that this is not a step-by-step tutorial book that tells you which button to click on screen.

Although a lot of software titles are mentioned, the techniques used can be easily replicated in other similar softwares. For example, in the case of 3D workflow, commands like Extrude, Bevel, Chamfer or Cut are pretty much the same in 3D Studio Max, Maya or even the open source Blender. Techniques are also not tied to specific versions of software so the book is pretty timeless.

Plenty of art is featured in the galleries as well, making it a wonderful resource. There are different styles and genres, ranging from fantasy art, interior and exterior architecture, character designs, etc. There is something for everyone. At 288 pages, this book has a very satisfying thickness.

I would highly recommend it to 3D modelers, digital painting artists and art lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My review 31 Mar 2011
By Jimmy D
I do love these books... they go in to great depth about the techniques used by the top professionals in the field of digital art. I bought another of these (the one with the portrait of a man on the cover, can't remember the volume number) and it is great for anyone interested in furthering their skills in digital painting with photoshop as it has tons of examples.

This book, though still very good, concentrates far more on 3D. In fact 75% of the examples in this book are 3D based so there's a lot of info on texture mapping and modelling. Unfortunately for me this is not something I work with so although an interesting read and of typical high quality from this publisher, it isn't something I'm going to get as much use from.

I don't think it detracts from the quality of the book but if, like me, you are looking to expand your reportoire of photoshop skills, you would be best looking at another book in this fantastic range. Just trying to save my fellow painters a few quid, if you're a modeller/3D guy, get involved... I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

EDIT: It's not 75% 3D, probably more 60-65%. Still some great photoshop painting tutorials contained within
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great images and instructions 30 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Some brilliant images are backed up with detailed explanations as to how to get the effect('s). If you subscribe to their digital magazine then you may have seen a lot of the images before but they still look a lot better printed in such a well designed and made book
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