on 22 May 2011
This is a one stop shop for the creation of a matte painting for film and television. David (Author) has written a concise and realistic guide to the creation of a matte painting using industry techniques. No step is hidden and all the common matte requests from a director are covered in this volume. The chapters are designed to walk you through the basics to advanced work in a clear legible manner. This is not a ego driven art reference book, it is the equivalent to a haynes manual for matte painting.
If you are serious about matte painting this reference book should be bought, I have even tabbed the pages and it is the most used reference book that I use, it will compliment Craig Barrons Invisble Art and the Digital Artiste books on matte painting from ballistic media.
Sybex are renowned for producing books that help and make a difference, this is one of them.
on 25 January 2015
Only read the first quarter but so far this book is brilliant, it covers some great techniques to add depth to digital paintings, basics of perspective and composition plus many usage of many Photoshop tools and manipulations. I would say getting this book and working through it would be a must for any aspiring matte painter or digital artist in general who's interested in doing environments and scenes.
on 1 June 2013
I'm slowly getting into my digital art work, as I use to enjoy doing allot of art back in my school and college days. But the ideas and potential for what you can do in the digital art world now is just amazing. If you want inspiration or any possible ideas for good concept pieces, then you need to buy this book. It's a massive book and full of fantastic designs from various artists, and this includes examples as well as tutorials. I'm by no way finished with this book, as there is so much to do, it really is a working progress. Besides, the old saying is, it's not a sprint, you have to take your time with this and make sure you understand what your doing before moving on to the next chapter.
Is this a book for beginners? NO. It's more for someone who does have a basic knowledge of Adobe After Effects, as well as Photoshop. Both of those program's can take a year at least to get to know the basic fundamentals of how and why they work the way they do. Believe me, when you get the basics down, you will love this book, and then the world is really your oyster.
Buy it, you'll love it.
on 16 March 2013
This book is definitely up there near the top of my most useful books.
Half the book covers painting a Castle with a drawing tablet and importing it into Maya.
There are some great Photoshop exercises and some animation techniques in After Effects.
You are basically told the "correct" way to do things, with tips from an Author who obviously knows what he's talking about.
Buy this book.
My only problem has been with the DVD, My windows PC had problems loading the disc at first. Then I had more problems trying to copy the resource files from disc. I tried it on a different computer and managed to copy half the files before getting error messages and Windows crashing. Has anybody else had these issues?.