The Story of Inc
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