Author: Isis Sousa and Guests
Published by: Mad Artist Publishing
Date published: 2013
Format: E-book PDF
Length: 116 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Digital Media, Educational
The synopsis: The Art of Isis Sousa & Guests is a highly inspirational tool for you who are a Fantasy Art lover and are developing your artistic skills. Take a learning and insightful journey through the dozens of tips, articles, tutorials, lectures, video classes and nonetheless, fantastic artworks which make this one-of-a-kind art-book experience. Read and watch video tutorials and workshops right from the book using QR technology barcode scanning. Get this book as an iPAD / PDF version and enjoy bonus video workshops unavailable in the printed version of the book!. This is the trade edition with non glossy pages, please get our Special Edition Hardcopy version from our website.
The review: I was keen to review this book as I am a huge lover of art and I always look for ways to improve my skills and try out new techniques. I'd of course come across digital media in art, but I must admit it was a very basic understanding of Photoshops and so forth. It was amazing to see how others had progressed with the media and the designs, photos and images in this books are breathtakingly good.
The book is a one-stop shop for digital painting techniques and development. Though it seemed to be an introduction to this field, you do need to have a background and a basic grasps of the systems and programs that are the foundations of digital artistry. From someone who doesn't have a good knowledge, there were certain instances where the book felt like I was reading a different language and that I was out of my depth.
That said, it didn't detract from the books overall value; if anything, the book made me want to start digital painting. The techniques and advice given is not solely exclusive to digital media. The information on how to build up texture can be applied to many art forms including painting, sketching, drawing and so forth. Certain articles such as 'Making Your Art Timeless' are further examples of how the book can be applied to other media.
There are many topics covered:
- Texturing with brushes
- Applying texturing with photos and blending
- Adding light effects to your character's staff
- Let's talk about eyes
- Tweak your painting with selection and distortion tools
- Let's talk about hair
- Painting grey wolf fur
- Practical tips to help you're artistic development
Throughout the book there are examples of Isis Sousa's work. Every 5 pages of so there are a collection of thumbnails, with production and completion information, a description by Isis, a tip and a recommendation for further reading. From these you get a feel for the passion and amount of time, effort and thought have gone into producing each piece.
I was surprised at the lack of explanation text and there was almost an overload with the pictures (albeit they are incredible to look at). What I would have liked to see is more print screen images and a step by step guide going through each process. There are QR codes, providing links to more guides, websites, videos and interactive exercises.
Around a third of the book is taken up with guest authors. This provides a platform for other arts in digital painting to give a short bio, example of their work and tips for fellow artists. Community is a huge theme throughout this guide; particularly given how specialist the field is.
Overall for readers with a genuine interest in developing their skills and knowledge in digital artistry the book is a great starting point. The book is definitely value for money, with tips, advice and links to further reading. For those whom have comparatively little knowledge in the field, it can be slightly confusing if you haven't used any of the systems or applications before. If all else fails, you can always sit and admire the pretty pictures :).