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Digital Painting Techniques, Vol. 2
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
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After years of skimming through issues of ImagineFX and other "digital painting and illustration" books, it is hard to find sources of information that will provide both original and thoughtful material. The reviews were strong for the first volume so I gave it a chance, and wow what an amazing book. Picking this volume up was a no brainer. These books are clearly geared for the entertainment designer, breaking sections into subjects like vehicles, matte paintings, character designs etc, but what this book does that others don't is provide extra little details that really help demonstrate how the artist achieved the final product. One complaint I have, as do many of my fellow friends at school, as well as other reviewers online, is that many digital painting help books skim over many crucial details and use generic blanketing statements that assume that the reader has a strong foundation in photoshop knowledge. Digital Painting Techniques, both volume 1 and 2 aren't completely guiltless here, but each artist does make a nice effort within there 4-5 page tutorial to either describe little details or show it. It is important that the reader look closely at the provided images to look at things like brush settings (opacity and flow) as well as blend mode, layer controls and brush type etc.

I don't subscribe to online magazine that this book is a reprint of because I love holding a book and being able to reference it when ever I want. This book doesn't just do Dragons, swords and spaceships that other less- than successful books do, it covers things like portrait painting, a little figure drawing and one of the most important sections- custom brushes.

At a discounted price of around $30, this is impossible to pass up, new learners might find some missing details that might frustrate, but read and read again, and it is important to get on Photoshop and play yourself to work out some key ideas to creating interesting art. Pick this one up along with Volume 1, because they don't repeat, this volume is a terrific continuation to what looks to be a very promising series
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2011
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Building on from Volume 1, Volume 2 is bigger and better with all new tutorials and stunning artworks!

From the beginning of this book you are treated to some of the most mesmerising, elegant, intricate & down right beautiful artworks i've seen for some time. The first 4 sections of the book are split into characters, science fiction, fantasy and vehicles, these pages are crammed full of tips, tricks and tutorials aswell as stunning artworks. The remaining 4 sections are dedicated to full tutorials, split into speed painting, the use of custom brushes, painting from a 3D base mesh & finally complete projects.

But what you get here is so much more than just a set of pretty pictures on glossy pages.
You get techniques, expertise, suggestions and advice from the best artists in this field of digital imagery.

Throughout this book there's just about every style known to man created and then explained in great detail with step by step full colour images to accompany the easy to follow tutorials.

Whether you are new to digital painting or a seasoned pro looking for inspiration or new tip and tricks, this book has it.

Buy this book and you'll have a wealth of Digital Painting knowledge at your fingertips to keep forever, you won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
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After getting the first volume of the series, I've decided to buy the second volume and I can say it totally worth any single euro/penny/dollar. Like the previous volume, the book is a collection of Digital Painting Tutorials, organized in chapters with different themes; each tutorial is wrote by a different author. They are all professional digital artists and each one has his/her own style. This leads to a discontinuity of the tutorials style in the book, which is a strong feature of this series: since there's no a unique way of painting something, it is great to have different point of view. The working process of the tutorial is step-by-step with colorful images and final thoughts of the author. There are also bonus free content download like brushes!

Digital Painting Techniques 2 is great like Volume 1, if not better. You still need the basis of drawing and painting because it will not teach you how to old a pencil (or a brush) nor how to start using digital art software. It will explain you amazing techniques to achieve different effects in your painting, it introduces you to the vehicles and characters design and deepen many of their aspects under different lights. It expands your knowing of environments painting introducing the use of a 3D base to achieve complex structures and perspectives. And it deepen some of the themes of Volume 1 like Fantasy or Custom Brushes with new, stimulating tutorials and tips. If I could come back in time, I would buy it again.

I truly suggest you this book if you are a digital painter, of whatever level because it can be useful both for beginners, amateur or pro, for the different styles inside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
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Digital Painting Techniques:Volume 2 had a few interesting pages that was not just about painting and drawing, but about the artists' thought process. The book was organized into different chapters specific to certain techniques, ie. creating brushes, painting on a 3d model, drawing spaceships, using photo references etc.

The con of this book was there were some tutorials that were not as detailed and thorough as the others. Unfortunately, some of the great artwork that was shown on the last few pages were not included for tutorials. Minor nitpicks were layout problems. The reader would have to keep turning the page to read what the artist was referring to on the previous page or vice versa. I preferred finished illustrations on one page rather than two pages in a book due to the fold in the middle of the illustration. It destroys it for me, but it's personal preference of course.

Overall, it was a somewhat informative book, but wish it was more indepth with the digital painting techniques, including a cd with brushes and videos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
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LOVE IT! This is the best book to use for learning now techniques in PS! I have been using the program for.... well a long time.. and even experienced as I am I am learning new things... allot of new things from these books. They are the most informative and easy to learn from then some of these other books I have bought in the past. I have recommended these to many of my friends and co-workers and they all seem to love it as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love it , a lot of projects , with tips and ideas from different artists, Vol 1 and Vol 2. teaches a lot!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
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Many of the artist in this book I have seen their work on forums and always wanted to know exactly their thought process to creating beautiful digital art. Now I feel like I'm sitting next to them watching their creation. Not only was I satisfied with the quality of the book, but I have already solved many of the "speed-bumps" while creating my own digital art. Excellent publication and will be buying Digita Painting Techinques Volume 1. My hope is to be able to have one of my own in the next volume. By far one of the best purchases that I have made on Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2011
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A second great volume from 3d Total! I enjoy the heavy page graphics that show clearly what the artists are doing, the concepts and directions they look at, and a good step by step on their technique. I can't wait for volume 3!
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on May 17, 2011
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I have been digitally painting for a few years now, have purchased many similar books, and have found this book to be one of my best references.
The walkthroughs and tutorials are well put together, and it seems like I learn something new every time I pick up this book. Whether it is just looking at the the process, through the pictures, or reading the explanations and techniques that the different artists provide for each piece. I highly suggest this book for the aspiring, and also the seasoned, digital painter.
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on January 24, 2012
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Love this series. I have both Vol 1 & 2. Tutorials are well written and easy to follow. This is a great source for inpiration and maybe to try out a technique that you havent used before. I am a Computer Graphics mayor with a Focus in Multimedia. Some of the techniques used here I have used for set design in green screen productions. So this is a good book to help explore techniques, you just need to find the time to do it.
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