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Exodyssey: Visual Development of an Epic Adventure by Steambot Studios Paperback – Apr 1 2009


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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press; Export ed edition (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492391
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.6 x 30.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Levy is an internationally recognized expert on artificial intelligence. He is president of the International Com-puter Games Association and in 1997 led the team that won the Loebner Prize--the world championship for conversational computer software. In 2006 he became the first person ever to present papers on intimate relationships with robotic partners at an international conference. He is also the author of "Robots Unlimited". Levy lives in London with his wife, Christine, and their cat.


Steambot Studios is a collective of five digital artists - David Levy, Nicolas Ferrand, Thierry Doizon, Joel Dos Reis Viegas, and Sebastien Larroude - working in the world of visual entertainment. The label is based in Montreal, Canada, and benefits from 10 years quality experience.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 20 2009
Format: Paperback
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A little background first. Steambot Studios consists of six artists who have worked in the visual entertainment industry for more than a decade. Clients include EA, Ubisoft, Disney, Blue Sky, Hasbro etc. Pretty impressive client list for six artists, namely Sebastian Larroude (Rainart), Nicolas Ferrand (Viag), Thierry Doizeon (Barontieri), Joel Dos Reis Viegas (Feerik), David Levy (Vyle) and Patrick Desgreniers.

I was expecting Exodyssey to be a portfolio art book. To my surprise, it's not. It's actually a series of concept paintings created off a story concept. Which means that these are created specifically for the book, for the artists themselves.

Here's an excerpt from the overview:

Exodyssey is the name given to the long and war-filled period of time during which humans departed for exo-planets in order to survive their own destruction. -- excerpt end

The book follows the journey of main protagonist Harry, a descendant of colonists who have left Earth. We'll get to see what he sees and experience as he travels on alternate Earth, Moon, Mars, space stations and discover new planets.

The concept art is based more on the environment of these planets, the architecture, vehicles and landscape. There are also quite a few elaborate character designs and, towards the back, alien lifeforms (spoilers!!). I would guess that most of them are digital paintings since the captions don't indicate, although a few pieces look very close to traditional medium. Also included are a few intricate 3D models that are painted over. The details are astonishing.

There's not much story per se as the captions by each of the artists really talk more about the scenes and concepts rather than the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucian B. Boicu on Aug. 11 2009
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Off the start, i must let everyone know this is not a "How to" book in any sort of way. Its purely painted/3D modeled/etc and the text is written in a very sparse graphic novel type. Think of 1 paragraph every 1-2 pages of images. The best part being it fits the book.

Its great for reference and inspiration purposes in terms of sci fi/tech and even fantasy type art to a degree.I bought the paper back but if i knew it was this great, i would've grabbed the hard cover because its a book you'll wanna have very long term.

Also one last thing, the colours involved overall are brilliantly chosen for the paintings and work together really well. Recommended buy if you like concept art and/or love really colourful artwork.
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By Thomas Deer on Aug. 19 2009
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I was thoroughly impressed with Exodyssey. Although I expected nothing less from the ingenious creative team of Steambot, they not only dazzle us with beautiful imagery - they improvise a pretty awesome story to go with the concept art. This is not your average "Art of" book.
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