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
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.