d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling

Review by Dee-Marie

Ballistic Publishing recently released a second book in their Digital Artist Master Class series: d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling. The Master Artist's interviews are entertaining and informative to both budding and professional artists. The high quality glossy artistic pages are exquisite. The detailed comprehensive tutorials are aimed at digital artists, yet they are easy to understand as well as beneficial to all artists — traditional or digital.

If you purchase d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling just for the interviews with the three Master Artists [Francisco A. Cortina, Pascal Blanche, and Steven Stahlberg] it would be an outstanding buy!

Each Master Artist delves into his individual background, revealing the everyday secrets of a professional artist’s inner-soul. They each answer the question, “When did your artistic drive emerge, and how was it nurtured?” They also give inspiring advice that all artists, new and seasoned, should take to heart.

Although the book is geared to digital artists — the interviews had me yearning to dig-out my sketchpad and get-back to the basics of art!

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If you purchase d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling just for the artwork, it would be a worthy addition to your art book collection.

Nestled within each Master Artist’s “section,” is an Invited Artist Gallery, featuring images from some of the greatest digital artists of our time. Accompanying each of the invited artist’s gallery images is a short blurb, with insightful thoughts from the Master Artist on why that specific artist was chosen.

The Invited Artist Galleries make Character Modeling a must have coffee table book, that should be in every artists’ personal library.

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However, if you purchase d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling just for the in-depth character modeling tutorials, and you are a digital artist [or have a life-long passion to make a living as a character modeler], this book could be a life-altering experience.

Francisco A. Cortina teaches modeling techniques, through his comprehensive tutorials — Human Modeling: Young Girl’s Face, Human Modeling: Crouched Figure, and Human Modeling: Hair. Even if you are not an expert modeler, the tips and tricks on hair and eyes will hold even the traditional artists’ interest.

Pascal Blanche looks at face modeling from a fresh viewpoint, exploring the theory of “what is hidden is as important as what can be seen; as he explores how muscle, skin texture, and lighting can impact the final imagery with his classes in: Human Modeling: The Face and Human Modeling: Skin Shading. Ending his series with a behind the scenes close-up look into the creation of his image One Last Time.


Steven Stahlberg's Creature Creations


Steven Stahlberg takes modeling beyond reality with his classes in; Creature Modeling: Mermaid, Anatomy Study: Steel, and Creature Modeling: Refueling. Stahlberg’s series of classes take you into the realms of Sci-Fi and Fantasy with insights on birthing creatures from the figments of your own imagination.

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If you are a modeler [novice or advanced] I highly recommend d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling. For those who are not “into” modeling, or have not yet experienced the beauty of digital art - I would still highly recommend d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling.

From cover to cover, Ballistic Publishing takes great care in creating a superior quality publication — d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling is truly a work of art! Add it to your library for the outstanding learning experience, and enjoy it for years to come for the imagery!

d’artiste Digital Master Class: Character Modeling

Soft Cover $55.00 [USD]
Limited Edition Hard Cover - $145. [USD]


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October 3, 2005