Digital Art Masters: Volume 9
A collection of beautiful art from some of our best pals – with the added bonus of ‘making of’ insights
The ninth edition of the Digital Art Masters series comprises 50 pieces of work, including imagery from Serge Birault, Ioan Dumitrescu and Levi Hopkins. The selection of art here is worthy of a compilation such as Exposé, albeit with fewer pieces.
Where this tome gets one up on others is that each piece is accompanied by a breakdown written by the artist in question. You can admire the art – most of which is presented on double-page spreads – and it becomes something of a game as you try and guess which tools and software were used to create it, and even which studios the artists work for.
There’s a nice blend of 2D and 3D work on display, too, with Maya, ZBrush and 3ds Max rubbing shoulders with Photoshop and Painter. The breakdowns are great if you’ve yet to make the leap into 3D software: Peyman Mokaram explains how to use Maya’s fluid settings to create a serene lake, and Rouhollah Toghyani adds a ginger beard and hair to his barman character with ZBrush’s FiberMesh.
Of course, it’ll never be quite as good as our own in-depth workshops. But it’s still a quality book that delivers an insightful glimpse behind the scenes.
Over four pages, Akim Fimin explains how he created this futuristic landing pad using Photoshop and MODO.