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d'artiste Matte Painting: Digital Artists Master Class [Hardcover]

Dylan Cole , Alp Altiner , Daniel P. Wade , Chris Stoski
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June 7 2005 d'artiste

d'artiste Matte Painting presents the skills and techniques of leading Hollywood matte painters Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole, and Chris Stoski. The book takes readers through the matte painting techniques used to create breathtaking, photo-realistic sets and backdrops for films including Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tips from inside the art industry pros Feb. 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Matte Painting is the third book in the d'artiste Digital Artists Master Class series. The series is actually a look at the process of creating art in tutorial style. This book presents Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski.

Each artist has a biography written by themselves on their beginnings, education, inspiration, life and career in art. The tutorials that follow are very well captioned. They explain the style, idea and the execution. Each comes with a still from the work in progress. There are lessons on using photo reference for compositing and texturing, fixing perspective and other useful tips.

Right after the tutorials is an invited artist gallery. That's where the 4 artist choose some of their favourite paintings from other artists and talk about them. This gallery is impressive. Let's just say talent shortage in the art industry is not a big problem.

This book is fairly pricey, as with all Ballistic books. I think it's pretty worth the money, considering that finding tutorials like this on the Internet is nearly impossible.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book Dec 13 2013
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I thought it would more of a walkthrough techniques but it is a very nice reference book for matte painters. Would recommend as a reference book for art image, but not necessarily for a tutorial book to matte painting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, expensive, no content Aug. 30 2009
By R Round - Published on Amazon.com
This big glossy, expensive book on matte painting using Photoshop is high on fancy images but low on instructions and details. I'm not surprised.....given that these guys are not going to give up their trade secrets to just anyone. Don't expect any detailed instructions on how they achieved those gorgeous special effects. All you get are high level comments from each artist on how these panoramas were created in Photoshop. Basic techniques and how to achieve the final details are literaly glossed over. Something as basic and essential as the cloning tool was not even mentioned. No mention of filters or custom Photoshop brushes used, nor Plug-Ins. Great coffee table picture book but a waste of money for me....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the book, watch the video Oct. 29 2010
By John Marc Green - Published on Amazon.com
This gorgeous book has a lot of really great material, but as several reviewers have mentioned, it does not have step-by-step tutorials on how to replicate their work. It also assumes a good deal of knowledge and skill on the part of the reader. Fortunately, one of the authors has also put out a DVD that you can order or download from the Gnomon Workshop, which does offer professional training for artists. It is expensive, but is designed for "beginner to intermediate" artists, and looks like a great place to start if you want to learn how to do matte paintings for productions. Look for the Matte Painting Production Techniques by Chris Stoski, an excellent companion video to go with the d'Artiste book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative March 19 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
This is my first d'artiste matte book, and I'm planning on buying the next two I liked this so much. I do agree with some other reviews that point out that some aspects are not covered, but I would counter by saying that this book is not for the beginner. And maybe the publisher should indicate experience level needed. The parts of the tutorial that some feel have been left out are simply too basic to warrant real estate. If you are an advanced Photoshop user you will have no problem filling in the gaps, in my opinion. Dylan Cole's tutorial on the Tower of London was fantastic. And in addition to the tutorials you get lots of beautiful concept art from each artist. There aren't many books out there on matte painting and this is a must have for those interested in this subject.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips from inside the art industry pros Jan. 12 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Matte Painting is the third book in the d'artiste Digital Artists Master Class series. The series is actually a look at the process of creating art in tutorial style. This book presents Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski.

Each artist has a biography written by themselves on their beginnings, education, inspiration, life and career in art. The tutorials that follow are very well captioned. They explain the style, idea and the execution. Each comes with a still from the work in progress. There are lessons on using photo reference for compositing and texturing, fixing perspective and other useful tips.

Right after the tutorials is an invited artist gallery. That's where the 4 artist choose some of their favourite paintings from other artists and talk about them. This gallery is impressive. Let's just say talent shortage in the art industry is not a big problem.

This book is fairly pricey, as with all Ballistic books. I think it's pretty worth the money, considering that finding tutorials like this on the Internet is nearly impossible.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Feb. 18 2013
By Kenneth Riggins - Published on Amazon.com
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Product was well worth it! I bought this book for school and I have learned tons from this book already. I will by other books in this series.
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