Digital Painting Techniques Volume 2,
This review is from: Digital Painting Techniques: Masters Collection Volume 2 (Paperback)As a professional Concept Artist I'm always looking for ways to push my art further and develop my skills sets. Digital Painting Techniques Volume 2 is an ideal resource for any artist looking to hone their digital skills.
The book covers a diverse range of subject matter in a plethora of visual styles giving a great overview of the kind of techniques you'd employ as a professional. Despite the sumptuous art adorning the pages the publishers have also been mindful that great art is only created through having solid foundations. Along the way there are sections discussing subjects such as composition and dynamic anatomy as well as practical knowledge such as how to create custom brushes. These are some of the considerations that can make the difference between a good piece of art and great piece of art.
One of the many strengths of this book is that it sources opinions and tutorials from a broad range of artists, each with their own unique style. This is one aspect of the book that I enjoyed immensely. As an artist I'm mindful that there is no one right approach to image creation. With so many artists on display you start to understand the different techniques involved in getting to a finished image. This book doesn't try to push you in one direction, but instead encourages you to digest what you've read and choose what works for you and to build on it.
Artists of all skill ranges and experience will find something in this book that they can take back to their art. Whether it's inspiration from the eye catching images or a new technique from the many tutorials. Everything is very accessible in a book that has a good balance between image and text. The artists have been very generous in discussing with the reader their approaches to image making and hold nothing back. It's a joy to see the many sketches that lead up to a finished image, all of which are well documented.
From jungle critters to climatic space opera; zombies to heroic fantasy warriors; this book covers them and much more. It's a beautiful book which strikes the right balance between wowing us with gorgeous art and teaching us something about it. A worthy addition to any bookshelf!
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