The Story of Inc

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If you’ve ever been at the point of cre­ative block, you’ll know that turn­ing your at­ten­tion else­where can be the key to re­newed en­thu­si­asm and ideas. Some­times look­ing to the work of oth­ers, read­ing some fic­tion, or pour­ing over tu­to­ri­als can spark some­thing.

Well, The Story of Inc of­fers to cover all of th­ese bases, be­ing part nar­ra­tive, part art book and part mak­ing of/ train­ing guide, and suc­ceeds in all those ar­eas.

The phys­i­cal item it­self is printed on high-qual­ity stock, which feels good and suits the im­agery very well, espe­cially in the wide for­mat cho­sen. There’s also a dust sleeve which du­pli­cates the cover art, which is worth not­ing to col­lec­tors of ‘Art of…’ books.

The cre­ative team, led by Neil Blevins, is a run­down of some fan­tas­tic artists, in­clud­ing Do­minic Qwek, Chris Stoski and many oth­ers, who have pooled their tal­ent into a rich ex­pe­ri­ence that truly does cater to many dif­fer­ent types of reader. The story, about a hu­man and a ro­bot’s re­la­tion­ship, is just one el­e­ment and is sup­ported strongly by the art, which it has to be said is the main draw of this book. The art is stun­ning and show­cases the im­pres­sive skills of some ex­pert artists, who then go on to share their process via wire­frames, mo­ti­va­tions, 2D con­cepts and more.

The only pos­si­ble down­side is that if you are look­ing for a solid train­ing book, then look else­where. You won’t find much step by step here but in truth that is a good thing, as it of­fers so much more. Af­ter some time with this book you will be in­spired and en­ter­tained, freshly in­vig­o­rated for your own cre­ative en­deav­ours.

Beau­ti­fully de­signed and full of rich con­tent, this is a lovely ap­proach to train­ing and story pre­sen­ta­tion, by a skil­ful team

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