Dig­i­tal Art Mas­ters: Vol­ume 9

A col­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful art from some of our best pals – with the added bonus of ‘mak­ing of’ in­sights

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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.

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