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Art Fundamentals
Art Fundamentals
by Beloeil
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 26.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading For Any Artist & Any Level, 26 Oct 2013
This review is from: Art Fundamentals (Hardcover)
When creating artwork from scratch it can sometimes be a little daunting staring at a blank screen, wondering where to start, maybe you're lacking that inspiration or maybe you're still learning the basics of digital art and you're wishing to expand on it further, well then Art Fundamentals is the book you need!

As the name says it literally covers everything fundamental you need to know when creating your own digital artworks, this book takes you back to basics and showcases the fundamental knowledge of conceptual designs, conventions and theory every artist needs to consider when creating art.

With a clear understanding of these elements and insightful industry based advice & techniques from artists who've worked on some of the biggest and best video games & films such as Assassin's Creed & the Harry Potter series, this will encourage novice artists & refresh seasoned artists alike.

As with all 3D Total Published books this is a beautiful production, with glossy pages which make it a joy to read, it'll make a gorgeous art book for anyone's coffee table and an invaluable reference & source of inspiration for any artist across the globe.... don't delay, buy today!


Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5
by Sum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.


Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art
Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art
by Cummings
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy A Masterclass In Creating Manga Characters, 3 May 2013
What a beautiful book this is! This is a great resource for any fan of Manga or Anime style art. From the start this book gives you a little history about Manga and it's artists from over the years, this book is jam packed with awesome artworks. But you wanna know the best thing about this book? it actually teaches you how to draw in this style, and not just drawing.... there's colouring and character designing too.... and best of all they show you traditional methods as well as digital, so whichever method your comfortable with this book has it covered.

The book is fit to bursting with tips, tutorials and advice to help you draw, design, colour and create all manner of characters in a Manga style. This is a masterclass on creating this genre of artwork and is a joy to flick through for inspiration as well as education, don't delay buy yours today :)


Crafting 3D Photorealism: Lighting Workflows in 3DS Max, Mental Ray and V-Ray
Crafting 3D Photorealism: Lighting Workflows in 3DS Max, Mental Ray and V-Ray
by Jamie Cardoso
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb addition for any artist, 3 May 2013
Jamie Cardoso's Crafting 3D Photorealism is without doubt THE most in-depth making of/tutorial book i've seen for some time. This isn't a book for beginners but primarily aimed at intermediate/advanced users of 3D Studio Maxusing Vray &/or Mental Ray.

From the start you are guided through the creation of a full scene from conception to completion, at the end of the book you'll not only have a finished scene that looks superb but you'll also have the knowledge needed to put those newly learn't skills into your own works of art. There's project files included so you can learn with the tutor as he helps you craft this photoreal world. You'll develop new skills within the software and train yourself to judge colour balance & lighting workflow.

Creating photorealistic images is a challenge for any artist, and it's especially difficult managing all the elements to create a stunning final shot. Jamie discusses how to perfect these problems in an easy to manage & understandable way.

The book published by 3DTotal Publishing as always is of the highest standards with glossy full-colour pages & application screenshots to help you along the way.

With this extensive in-depth book you'll find a wealth of information and invaluable advice from one of the best artists in the world.


Prime: The Definitive Digital Art Collection
Prime: The Definitive Digital Art Collection
by 3DTotal Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: 35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Like A select Prime cut of beef, this is a prime artbook!, 2 Feb 2013
3DTotal's Prime is the pinnacle of digital artbooks currently on sale. This book showcases the superior artistic skillset, imagination & creativity from artists all around the world. From 2D paintings, 3D models and sculpted ornate artworks to everything inbetween, this unique set of five gloriously beautiful books are all housed into a single handy slipcase. Your eyes are overwhelmed with the very best sci-fi, characters based, scenic, fantasy and cartoon creations. These world-class works are courtesy of some of the greatest artists in the industry, this Prime selection brings together over 400 amazing and inspiring artworks that will please any art lover or indeed fellow artist or learner of this craft.

Whatever your favourite genre of art, this easily accessible set of books will serve as a timeless source of inspiration that you can return to time and time again, it's a beautiful collection that will adorn anyone's coffee table as a single source of truelly great art whenever you need it!


Elysium - The Art of Daarken
Elysium - The Art of Daarken
by Lim
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply beautiful publication!, 5 Nov 2012
This hardback book is an absolute joy to flick through, the artwork throughout is just exquisite, the sections are so inspiring and the colour and light used on every piece is just gorgeous. The pages are well laid out, glossy and a joy to read through. This is an artbook that every home should have it's just the kind of book that possible through 3D Total's publishing HQ. It still amazes me that someone can start with a sketch and then in no time at all end up with a masterpeice. There's also a fantastic tutorial/making of at the end of the book where Daarken shows you the process for choosing his front cover. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of 3D Total to publish these gorgeous artworks and I for one would be happy to see more from this & more artists. One side note also about the delivery, the book arrived very quickly & was packaged really well in a box built for safe transport of the book. You won't be disappointed in purchasing anything from 3D Total and can't wait for their next publication! :)


Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 4
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 4
by McQue
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent edition in a fantastic series, 4 Nov 2012
3D Total offers another fantastic addition to the series with this 4th edition. From some of the best artists around the globe, this book is littered with amazing tips, tricks and techniques that will inspire as well as astonish. The sectioned topics from Pin-ups, Cartoons & Vehicles to Droids & Environments are beautifully displayed throughout and would be a welcome coffee table book to adorn any home. As other reviews mention you should purchase the volumes before as they are just as brilliant and hey it's always nice to have the full set.

3D Total are fast becoming one of the best publishers the UK has to offer especially with this any many more absolutely gorgeous publications.

Don't delay, buy yourself a wonderful artbook today, you won't be disappointed.


Digital Art Masters: Volume 7
Digital Art Masters: Volume 7
by 3DTotal Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series Just Keeps Getting Better & Better, 12 Jun 2012
I had the fortunate chance at getting an advanced copy of this book & what a book it is, 3D Total has created a standard of excellence with these books, setting a bench march for established artists to create their very best work & have it showcased within these delightful glossy pages.

This book in it's seventh series now has allowed 3D Total to publish some of the best artists work from across the world, but also they've managed to be consistent throughout the series to create a book with some of the very best artworks you're ever likely to see.

Within these pages, the Digital Art Masters Vol 7 delivers the best 2D & 3D artists from around the world, as in previous books in this series there's plenty of differing subject matter to both amaze & inform. With insights from the worlds top leading artists, there's tips, tricks & tutorials into creating your own artworks with similar themes it's truly inspiring stuff which is sure to get your own artistic juices flowing.

If you are a beginner into the world of digital art or even a seasoned professional this book more than delivers, the majority of the artists in this book are from well known film/video-game companies whereas others are just incredibly talented hobbyists.

Whether you have the previous books in this series or not it's the kind of publication that can add glamour to anyone's living room table, this book is designed to be enjoyed as well as being informative for budding artists both new & old, the full colour pages are printed on beautiful glossy paper and feel good to flick through, this is without doubt an excellent publication & a must have for collectors of the series or indeed lover's of art, purchase your copy as soon as you can you won't be disappointed


ZBrush Character Sculpting: Volume 1
ZBrush Character Sculpting: Volume 1
by Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding Book, Can't Wait For Vol 02!, 20 April 2012
From start to finish this is a quality book, within it's glossy high finish pages you have just over 230 pages of every kind of style Z Brush can create for you.
There's hard surface techniques, set by step projects, classical sculpture, monsters, mercenaries, speed sculpts, a full gloriously beautiful gallery and even a cartoon Armadillo!

Since Z Brush came into the public's consciousness it's very quickly became the priority tool for budding artists both in the entertainment industries and freelancers alike, from it's inception the learning curve was quite steep... with the arsenal of tools viewable in Z Brush's interface you could be forgiven for feeling a little lost, however once you have a grip of this toolset the choice of what you can create is only limited by your own imagination.

That's where this book is so good, as there are so many outstanding artists within these pages you'll be spoilt for choice for inspiration. Z Brush has it's roots firmly set into the film & video game industry now and epic characters such as Marvel's Ironman, War Machine, The Incredible Hulk, and others like The Lord Of The Rings, & The Pirates of the Caribbean & of course many elements of Harry Potter! These characters would still have been possible of course without Z Brush, but wouldn't have looked anywhere near as fantastical, magical and realistic as they do with the help of this sculpting software.

One of the best step by step tutorials in this book is the cover featured Armoured Rhino by the multi-talented Jose Alves De Silva, this teaches you to combine hard surfacing techniques with organic sculpting and with this kind of knowledge under your belt you'd be hard stretched to find anything you couldn't create yourself with some practice.

Literally everything has been covered in this book, if you're a video game fan and want to create you favourite game character you can learn how to in this book, if you are a traditional sculptor making the switch from clay to digital everything is here to speed up your current workflow and best of all no mess, you can learn to create photorealistic monsters, humans, animals, clothing, boots, backpacks, guns and everything in-between.

Whether you are a novice looking to improve or a professional seeking inspiration this is the book for you, I can't wait for Vol 02!


Digital Art Masters: Volume 6
Digital Art Masters: Volume 6
by 3DTotal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D Total's Midas Touch......, 9 Aug 2011
Every book that Worcestor's 3D Total has created became a solid gold publication, very quickly establishing them not only as solid publishers, but also able to create a fantastic book with some of the very best artworks you're ever likely to see, the same can be said of this 6th installment.

Within these pages, the Digital Art Masters Vol 6 series showcases the crem de la crem of 2D & 3D digital atists from all over the world. This book and it's predecessors are gems to flick through, study, learn and draw plenty of inspiration from.

If you are a beginner into the world of digital art or even a seasoned professional this book delivers 50 of the very best artists around the world today, some artists are from well known film/video-game companies whereas others are just incredibly talented hobbyists.

To say that this book is just a gallery flipbook would be selling it very short. This is so much more than that, there's in depth tutorials, making ofs and written information that normally only one to one sessions with the original artist could be as detailed.

As for the quality of the book itself it's of a very high standard, the pages are large, the screen shots and tutorial/making of pictures are in full colour which help a great deal when trying to understand the processes that have gone into the creation of these masterpeices. The paper is glossy and pleasant to the touch, there's no tiny black & white pictures here, they can be left for the lesser quality book publishers.

There are individual artists that for me stand out amongst the others, most notably would have to be Meny Hilsenrad's Classroom, Meny works at Studio Aiko and displays a level of detailing i've not seen before, there is literally everything you could ever think of modelled, lit and rendered into this scene and all 100% photoreal..... in fact you'd be hard pushed to realise it's 3D unless you knew. The same could be said of Luc Begin's Portrait these artists are enthusiastic about their artworks and the sheer amount of effort that has gone into all of these artworks is mind boggling....... this will make a fantastic addition to any library, so go get your copy now!


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