Malcolm Kelly

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Crafting 3D Photorealism: Lighting Workflows in 3D&hellip by Jamie Cardoso
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I was hoping this book would provide me with a big stack of technical hints on getting and tweaking the results I want from a full on render. I've used both mental ray and v-ray for production rendering many times over the years but wouldn't call myself an expert in the mechanics of either renderer - my background is 90% realtime so while I have a good deal of technical knowledge I'm not that well versed in the details of physically based lighting and shading etc.

I wasn't disappointed with regard to the technical stuff at all - it's all there and it's explained very clearly so I struggle to find fault in terms of what I needed from it.

The book assumes a certain… Read more
Elysium - The Art of Daarken by Mike Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this one, 16 Dec 2012
In a nutshell, this guy is awesome.

His work puts me in mind of old Dutch paintings with the use of heavy shadow and vivid, luminescent areas of light. His ability to suggest things happening under the surface of the deep, dark shadows lends a dark and brooding feel to the bulk of his work and the almost blatant dragging of the eye to his focal points creates compositions that are comfortable and easy for the eye.

Technically speaking, his handling of anatomy is extremely solid and his rendering of flesh in particular is superb which leads to very believable and emotive character work. Not that this is the only string to his bow - there's plenty of robots, landscapes… Read more
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 4 by 3DTotal
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 16 Dec 2012
It's a tricky one to review and I'll get straight down to why...

There are a couple of truly awful pieces of work that really distract from what is overall a very decent book.

This is a genuine shame because there are some extremely good pieces of work that are broken down into stages and explained very effectively by the artists responsible.
The highlight for me is probably Serge Birault's section in which he goes to great lengths to explain how he achieves his signature style and deals out some handy technical hints on painting materials such as glass.
What's particularly nice is that you're getting an insight into the artist's thought process more than… Read more

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