Dig­i­tal Paint­ing Tech­niques: Vol­ume 5

Dis­cover dig­i­tal tech­niques from top artists in the new 3D To­tal book.

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Au­thor Var­i­ous Pub­lisher 3D To­tal Price £30 Web www.3dto­tal.com Avail­able Now

Dig­i­tal Paint­ing Tech­niques hits Vol­ume 5 and of­fers more of the same step-bystep tu­to­ri­als from artists around the world on dif­fer­ent sub­jects. There’s some­thing to be said for the sim­plic­ity of the de­sign – the steps are easy to fol­low. How­ever, the lay­out can feel slightly bland in places, even with a few paint-splat­tered tips boxes.

The book it­self is di­vided neatly into four chap­ters: sub­jects, styles, tech­niques and the oblig­a­tory gallery. Sub­jects cover weapon de­sign, crea­tures from mythol­ogy, char­ac­ter por­trayal and bat­tle scenes. Work­shops from Si­mon Kopp and Michal Lisowski run you through paint­ing an alien-world scene and a street riot. These give nice start-tofin­ish in­sight into the artists’ pro­cesses.

It’s the tech­niques chap­ter where the book be­comes more in­ter­est­ing. Work­shops on con­nect­ing us­ing sim­ple brushes give a good in­tro­duc­tion to rough­ing out form, and the ag­ing ma­te­ri­als sec­tion has some good ad­vice on mak­ing your build­ings and ve­hi­cles look older and worn.

For £30 DPT Vol­ume 5 is de­cent value and if you’re keen to dis­cover tech­niques from bril­liant artists it’s worth a flick be­fore you com­mit.

Ivan Smirnov, who painted this cartoon en­vi­ron­ment, likes adding colour early on.

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