Digital Art Masters is a series of art books that feature the workflow of digital artists, both 3D modelers and painters. Having this book in hand is no different from looking over their shoulders while they work. It's a great opportunity to learn from the top artists (full list below) in the art industry.
In the fourth volume, we get to see new artists as well as returning artists with their new projects. If you're a frequent visitor to 3DTotal or CGSociety, you have probably seen their work. This book has 50 artists providing valuable insight into how they work, be it matte painting with Photoshop, 3D modeling with Maya or even digital sculpting with Zbrush.
All the illustrations featured have their workflow explained concisely, from conception, execution to post production. Included are multiple screenshots of their work in progress. Note, however, that this is not a step-by-step tutorial book that tells you which button to click on screen.
Although a lot of software titles are mentioned, the techniques used can be easily replicated in other similar softwares. For example, in the case of 3D workflow, commands like Extrude, Bevel, Chamfer or Cut are pretty much the same in 3D Studio Max, Maya or even the open source Blender. Techniques are also not tied to specific versions of software so the book is pretty timeless.
Plenty of art is featured in the galleries as well, making it a wonderful resource. There are different styles and genres, ranging from fantasy art, interior and exterior architecture, character designs, etc. There is something for everyone. At 288 pages, this book has a very satisfying thickness.
I would highly recommend it to 3D modelers, digital painting artists and art lovers.
Here are the artists featured:
* Alexey Kashperskey * Andree Wallin * Andrei Kashkin * Andrew Hickinbottom * Andrius Balciunas * Andrzej Sykut * Blaz Porenta * Bradford Rigney * Bruno Melo De Souza * Cesar Martinez Alvaro * Craig Sellars * Daarken * Daniel Lieske * Denis C. Feliz * Eduardo Pena * Fabricio Moraes * Gerhard Mozsi * Gregory Callahan * Hao Ai Qiang * Iker Cortazar * James Paick * Jelmer Boskma * Jonathan Simard * Kekai Kotaki * Leonid Kozienko * Loic E338 Zimmermann * Marciej Kuciara * Marc Brunet * Marek Denko * Marek Okon * Martin Carlsson * Michal Kwolek * Nicolas Miles * Nykolai Aleksander * Piotr Luzinski * Roberto F. Castro * Rudolf Herczog * Ryohei Hase * Sarel Theron * Sebastien Haure * Sonke Maeter * Stefan Morrell * Thibaut Milville * Till Nowak * Titus Lunter * Tomas Kral * Tomas Muller * Viktor Fretyan * Viktor Titov * Weiye Yin
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
I do love these books... they go in to great depth about the techniques used by the top professionals in the field of digital art. I bought another of these (the one with the portrait of a man on the cover, can't remember the volume number) and it is great for anyone interested in furthering their skills in digital painting with photoshop as it has tons of examples.
This book, though still very good, concentrates far more on 3D. In fact 75% of the examples in this book are 3D based so there's a lot of info on texture mapping and modelling. Unfortunately for me this is not something I work with so although an interesting read and of typical high quality from this publisher, it isn't something I'm going to get as much use from.
I don't think it detracts from the quality of the book but if, like me, you are looking to expand your reportoire of photoshop skills, you would be best looking at another book in this fantastic range. Just trying to save my fellow painters a few quid, if you're a modeller/3D guy, get involved... I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
EDIT: It's not 75% 3D, probably more 60-65%. Still some great photoshop painting tutorials contained within
Some brilliant images are backed up with detailed explanations as to how to get the effect('s). If you subscribe to their digital magazine then you may have seen a lot of the images before but they still look a lot better printed in such a well designed and made book
A superb book filled with informative, imaginative work, which although it left me totally impressed with the things that can be done with digital art, it also made me very aware of the magnitude of my limitations.
Only the book had a little problem in two interior pages, of impression. but it nothing had involve Amazon, just a little fail of impression. But the book is very fine, and the price is very good!It came in a very good package, and time of delivery was very good too!