Be­hind the Pix­els

Video game artist Mark Mol­nar’s new art book is a trea­sure trove for any­one cu­ri­ous about the world of con­cept art

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Inspiration Books - Author Mark Mol­nar Pub­lisher Mark Mol­nar Price From £33 Web www.be­hindthep­ix­els.net Avail­able Now

To any­one new to the world of con­cept art, in a nut­shell, get your hands on this book. If you’re just start­ing out at art col­lege, pester your lec­tur­ers to buy a copy to­day. There re­ally is a ton of con­tent here, in reg­u­lar Imag­ineFX con­trib­u­tor Mark Mol­nar’s trea­sured art book.

Not all of it is brand spank­ing new. A fair share of the art can be found on­line, but not nec­es­sar­ily for free, and reg­u­lar Imag­ineFX read­ers may al­ready be fa­mil­iar with some of it. What this book does well, though, is not only show you the How, but fill in the Why gaps, cru­cially ed­u­cat­ing the reader on industry ex­pec­ta­tions, core skills and best prac­tices. His art is, of course, very in­spir­ing too.

In his in­tro­duc­tion Mark talks about hav­ing to dis­cover all of this for him­self, which is why he felt com­pelled to author this book, and why he should be com­mended for do­ing so. In­deed Be­hind the Pix­els de­serves to be on the book­shelves of art and de­sign col­leges every­where. This way, young, cu­ri­ous minds can be ex­posed to a po­ten­tial art ca­reer and use it as a ve­hi­cle to nav­i­gate the con­cept art land­scape for the first time.

Mark talks through how he cre­ated a video game mag­a­zine cover for Ninja The­ory’s up­com­ing Hell­blade.

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