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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful resource for all digital painters, 10 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 (Paperback)
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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
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 3
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 4
And Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful addition to the series, 26 Oct 2013
This review is from: Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 (Paperback)
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
This review is from: Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5 (Paperback)
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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