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Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 [Paperback]

3DTotal , Brian Sum , Shaddy Safadi , Levi Hopkins
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4 Sep 2013 Digital Painting Techniques (Book 5)
Brush up on the latest digital painting techniques with the fifth volume in this essential series for any digital artist. Celebrating its fifth year, Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 continues to present the latest digital painting trends and techniques, courtesy of industry experts including Brian Sum (Mass Effect series), Shaddy Safadi (Uncharted: Drake s Fortune) and Levi Hopkins (Guild Wars series). This year s volume features such diverse topics as weapon design, cartoon characters, creatures from mythology and battle scenes, as well as looking at concepting using basic shapes, speed painting cinematic mood shots, and painting and aging materials. A worthy addition to a ground-breaking series, Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to surround themselves with the latest inspiring artwork while benefitting from the invaluable advice on offer.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing; 1st New title edition (4 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909414018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909414013
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Sum is a concept artist at top video games developer BioWare and his credits include the award-winning "Mass Effect" series. Shaddy Safadi specializes in concept art and counts popular Playstation 3 game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" among the projects he has been a part of. Levi Hopkins is a versatile artist who has worked in a variety of different positions on the bestselling "Guild Wars" series. 3DTotal Publishing3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects. In 2006, 3DTotal entered into partnership with Focal Press and launched the popular book series Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques. The premise for these books was to provide high quality content that would inspire and educate the next generation of digital artists. Featuring the work of top industry professionals, detailed tutorials and image breakdowns, these series have become firmly established as indispensable resources for any digital artist. After five successful years working with Focal Press, 3DTotal Publishing was launched in early 2010. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has launched a number of new titles including: "Photoshop for 3D Artists: Volume 1," "Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop," "ZBrush Character Creation" and "Elysium - The Art of Daarken."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful resource for all digital painters 10 Dec 2013
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Volume 5 of the Digital Painting Techniques series. This is yet another insightful learning resource for all digital painters. I probably can say that for all volumes after the first one came out.

The topics in this volume focus on weapon design (sci-fi guns), creatures from mythology (think Magic The Gathering), cartoon character styles, battle scenes, painting materials, custom Photoshop brushes and digital painting over 3D models.

The artists are each given a project and they talk about the process of creating their artworks from conceptualisation, creation to completion. The commentary is insightful, informative and filled with useful tips and tricks.

Using their own artworks as examples, they touch on things like researching, the handing of foreground background, creating areas of contrast, leading the eye or the handling of colour. It's a very artist-centric approach. The tutorials are quite detailed, as usual. They are mostly using Photoshop but the techniques can probably be used with other painting softwares, with the exception of those Photoshop custom brush tutorials. Tutorials files can be downloaded from publisher 3DTotal's website.

It's a great instructional book on digital painting. It's invaluable to learn from the pro artists featured. The book has 288 pages.

Other books in the series so far:
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 1
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful addition to the series 26 Oct 2013
Now in it's 5th volume.. Digital Painting Techniques 5 promises unique, interesting, informative, and exquisite artworks from some of the greatest artists in the industry.

Within these beautifully glossy pages you can study subjects & styles for the creation of weaponry, creatures from mythology, stylized characters and battles scenes, to cartoon characters, environments and speed painting.

Further on into the book you get to learn the techniques involved in creating other artworks such as the implementation of 3D with Sketchup and how it can benefit blocking out designs for vehicle creations, you'll also learn techniques for conceptual art with simplistic brushes, custom brushes for character work, painting materials, ageing materials and project overviewing.

Every new volume in this series continues to deliver the highest quality of artist the industry has to offer, volume 5 has expanded & flourished and in this new volume with new tips, tricks & techniques, helps the reader explore & create new artworks at their own pace and encourages development into creating artworks just as fantastical as the artworks within.

3D Total has delivered another quality production, this book is a must for admirer of art books or any enthusiast wishing to educate themselves further in the creation on digital artworks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 21 Sep 2013
By Jay
I would have called this book Concept Painting Techniques, as reading through this book it uses all the tricks of the trade used by a lot of concept artists within the film and game industries. This is a fantastic book show casing different artists and their work and the techniques used on each piece. The software used is naturally Photoshop for each piece, but theres also an added dimension in a couple of pieces in which Sketchup 3d software is introduced and put to great use. The results speak for themselves and I think you'll find these particular areas of the book more inspiring as I did. I have a background in 3d, so to see a really fast way to model and add textures to models in scenes without the fuss of traditional uv mapping in a 3d software is a god send and a breath of fresh air in that department. If you want to get to grips with digital painting techniques and require advice on the way, then this is one book I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for your library! 8 Feb 2014
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I was totally delighted by the content of this book, very nice paper/print quality too! Really a must have in your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 8 Oct 2013
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I'm really satisfied and happy with this purchase.
I can't stay one day without reading a little of it.

Thank you so much!
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