Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5
Discover digital techniques from top artists in the new 3D Total book.
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.