If there's one thing that I've learned about Ballistic Publishing, it's their commitment to putting forth the finest quality publications that are a sheer joy to hold in your hands. Flipping through the latest in their Exposé series, it is a wonder to behold. So much brilliant artwork contributed by digital artists from around the globe, neatly contained in one book perfect for anyone's bookshelf, or better yet, coffee table! Daniel Wade and Paul Hellard have once again done an incredible job of putting this all together.
Jeffrey M. de Guzman,
Now, let's take a look at the categories (twenty of them!). Most of the categories remained the same as in previous editions, but there were a few alterations, as well as a few additions this time around. The categories in Exposé 6 are:
Books of the South
Client: Tor Books
Art Director: Irene Gallo
Raymond Swanland, USA
My particular favorite pieces fell into the categories of Architecture, Matte Painting, and Abstract and Design. But, of course, that's merely my taste and there is definitely something for everyone here.
Lukasz Pazera, GREAT BRITAIN
While everyone appearing in this book could truly carry an award, there were two classes of award given for each category: Master and Excellence. While only one Master award was given in each category, there were also 1-3 Excellence awards given. Furthermore, there was one Grand Master award given over all. This went out to Syd Mead, who is appropriately highlighted at the beginning of the book with a look at his work, as well as some great food for thought from the man that worked on movies such as Aliens and Bladerunner.
Woodall Rodgers Park
3ds Max, V-Ray, Photoshop
Client: Lincoln Property Centre
Green Grass Studios, USA
So, if you haven't gathered by now just how well I think of Exposé 6, then you definitely missed a big something, or perhaps you fell asleep after reading the first line of this review. In any case, I highly recommend this book. Wait...scratch that. I highly recommend this fine collection of outstanding digital artwork in high quality print. Dare I say that you may even look into collecting previous editions if you don't have them already.
Audi R8 Spaceframe
3ds Max, Photoshop, V-Ray
Client and Art Direction: GT
Ben Robins and Jon Clayton,
RealtimeUK, GREAT BRITAIN
About Ballistic Publishing
Ballistic Publishing is the leading, award-winning, independent publisher of books for the digital arts industry. Dedicated to producing the highest quality publications celebrating the talents of digital artists worldwide, it is setting high standards in all areas of publishing from the quality of content, design and delivery to its responsiveness to the market. Ballistic Publishing shares a strong affiliation with the digital arts community through its sister organization The CGSociety (The Computer Graphics Society). Ballistic Publishing is based in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, with offices in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) and Tampa (Florida, USA).
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Nick C. Sorbin is a digital artist, sculptor, writer, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's Front Page News.
June 2, 2008
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