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Exodyssey: Visual Development of an Epic Adventure [Hardcover]

Steambot Studios , Scott Robertson , David Levy , Sebastien Larroude , Thierry Doizon
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April 1 2009
In its first installment of their own Intellectual Property, Steambot Studios, a collective of six digital artists working in the world of visual Entertainment, takes us aboard an epic science fiction journey. In "Exodyssey" - created in parallel with a series of educational DVDs - the group demonstrates their creative production art techniques developed through many years of experience in the field (E.A., Activision, Unisoft, Epic, Digital Dimension, Canol Plus...). Follow the Steambot crew through an original but also realistic point of view on futuristic civilizations, space transportation and society.

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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.


Robertson is a professional industrial designer and educator who has worked with several top sports and automotive manufacturers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exodyssey. SO good ! May 30 2009
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I'm an artist and I use a lot of reference in my day to day job, This book is so well thought out and the storyline behind every image is so relevant. Good job Steambot Studios, you guys rock ! Sign me up for the animated filma when there done ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great showcase of effort and talent April 20 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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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. As a whole, this book looks a lot like a movie visual development book, especially with the tons of background paintings.

Without reading the text, no one would have believed that this 176-page book, filled to the brim with art and concept, is created by only six artists. It's a tremendous piece of effort and great showcase of talent.

Oh, there are both hardcover and paperback versions for the book. Without doubt, I recommend getting the hardcover. Why not?

One final note is the 4 small blurbs that appear in the book. They promote training DVDs and should probably go to the back of the book so as not to break the flow.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing world created Aug. 3 2009
By Robby the Robot - Published on Amazon.com
If your looking for amazing fantasy art this is the book. You loose the supposid story line a bit, but the art makes up for it. This goes right up there with sparth art, goodbrush, and skillful huntsman. Steambot rocks! They also have how to videos advertised in the book. You can pick them up on amazon.

Cheers and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Book! Aug. 10 2009
By Dwayne Vance - Published on Amazon.com
This book is very well done and the guys at Steambot are an epic concept crew.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing combination of skill, talent and self-motivation June 13 2009
By M. Matczak - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great resource for every concept artist, working professionally as well as hobbyists - it's filled with great and inspiring artwork. On 175 pages there are environment, character and vehicle designs made in a unique style of guys at Steambot Studios; my favourites are Feerik and Vyle - I'm an environment concept artist myself and I value their enviros very much.

In short - a must-have for every concept artist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sci fi art book June 8 2009
By Tu Bui - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a concept artist working for Film production. I bow down to these talented artist. This is now currently my fav/best art book collection. It has tons and tons of cool designs, very nicely painted.
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