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Digital Beauties: 2D & 3D Computer Generated Digital Models, Virtual Idols and Characters Hardcover – December 15, 2001


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A mammoth collection by the world's best (and most obsessed) digital artists. 486 pages of pure fantasy and guilty pleasures. -- Dingbat Magazine, February 2002
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Product Details

  • Series: Specials
  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3822816280
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822816288
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book hoping to use it as a reference for my freelance pursuits in 3D human modeling and texturing. Some of the artwork offers stunningly realistic renders, and others close-up insights on modeling techniques. Examples are those by Robichaud, Dean, Koch, Stahlberg, and several Japanese artists.
However, I was disappointed to find that most works were created by the consumer-level Poser software, for which pre-made 3D models are readily available and simply need to be "posed"; there is no original creation of 3D models on the artist's part. Moreover, the Poser works in Digital Beauties rudely show the mediocre rendering capabilities of the software - the models are often defined by jagged edges. In short, the best works in the book are those with original modeling and attention to detail, not those primarily intended provide erotic gratification for the viewer.
The book itself was well-conceived and attractively designed. It could be condensed and even more appealing by excluding the less-than-professional artwork.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ramsey Hong on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I went through this book in a bookstore and was a little disappointed. It's a nice thick book that's beautifully printed and designed, but I'm afraid the majority of the content is just not that great. Being a graduate student studying in the field of 3D modelling I was looking for a good reference book full of today's most advanced professionals' work. I saw this book and thought it would be useful. This inch and half thick book is full of artists from all over the world, but unfortunately 9 out of 10 of them just don't have the quality in their work that would warrant they be included in such a book. Many of the artists in the book have work that almost anybody in possession of a copy of Poser (a human body rendering program which is what most of them use) could create or replicate easily (and do everyday). A lot of these artists clearly do not belong in the same book as some other artists. One such artist's images, who worked on the film "Final Fantasy", clearly make a lot of the other works in the book look amateurish.
That is not to say there isn't any good work in there. There are plenty of artists who are in the book that belong there, but some cursory editing of work evaluated by industry professionals could have easily cut the book down to a third of it's size (and hopefully a third of it's price). It would have made it a much more valuable book to have and I would have happily purchased it.
In short, it's not a bad buy for the price Amazon's selling it for, but if you are familiar with the world of 3D modelling be prepared to be underwhelmed by 90% of this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Manis on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found "Digital Beauties" to be surprisingly filled with some of the best 3D and 2D computer graphics artists and graphics of our time. Over 500 pages of full color quality prints fill this book with imaginative and colorful digital wonder. It was refreshing to read the auto biographies of the artists in there own words as opposed to biographies by critiques.
I highly recommend this book to any art lover as well as computer graphics fan from gamer to graphics
professional "Digital Beauties" delivers the goods!
Ralph Manis
Infinitee Designs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SeaCay on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The thing that occurred to me while perusing the digital beauties in this book was that 90% of the "artists" paid to be included. With the exception of 3 or 4 of them, they don't even measure up to talented amateurs. There is one guy that is embarassingly bad. I won't mention names.

If you want the cream of this crop, screen capture the book cover and let the rest go. Don't waste your money... I'm sorry I had to give it a star at all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Digital Beauties has a great premise, exposing the world to digital artists who create visions of women in dynamic, flattering or erotic representations. There are several high points in this book, Works by Daniel Scott Murray, Will Kramer and Frans Mensink top the list, but save for 3 or 4 other artists, the rest us very amateur at best. Some are downright questionable as to talent or design. However the work that is the top of the pile is just that, very nice.
Having been in the design world for some time, I know just how difficult it is to create the human form in a 3d environment and not have it look like a lifeless object. Some of the artists as mentioned, pull this off beautifully, others...eh. The book is laid out well from a design prospective with short but interesting bios on the featured artists.
Bottom line...10% of the work is beautiful, I just wish the rest of the book kept up.
I'd advise having it in hand to review before purchasing.
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Format: Paperback
OK, for the price, but FAR more and better is available on the net for free or for fee. This was current stuff at date of publication, but in the digital arts, all works get quickly out-dated. State-of-the-fast-evolvoing-arts.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Morin on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the book to be very informative because it not only featured some of the best artists in the world but it gave informative tips on how the artist's created their characters. There is also an excellent variety of artistry that shows what one can do with various programs.
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