Ever since last year i have managed to get my hands on some of the coolest and inspiring design and reference books.
I recently ordered two books that had been on my Amazon wishlist for a few months, d'artiste: Concept Art and Digital Painting Techniques: Masters Collection Volume 1.
Both books have amazing visuals and cover a range of concept design topics. d'artiste focuses on showing the work of 4 concept artists showing their gallery of work and tutorials on how to achieve similar results. Digital Painting Techniques has a wider range of artists who each give various tutorials on subjects such as creating a custom brush and creating a painting of a realistic looking nose. Both books are pretty thick with over 200 pages and d'artiste comes in a hard box like cover case.
Although i tend to use Corel Painter for most of my work, I've found that most of the techniques and work flows shown in Digital Painting Techniques are Photoshop based but can be applied to both Photoshop and Corel Painter. As both books assume you have some basic prior knowledge of the software they use, its best you learn the basics before attempting some of the more complex tutorials.
If you're considering buying any of these books i'd say go for it. It only takes 1 small technique to have a big impact on your work.
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