1/07/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books/Design Studio Press. 127 page illistrated softcover. Price: GBP 14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-85768-113-3.
check out websites: www.titanbooks.com and www.designstudiopress.com
As director Chris Sanders points out in the first introduction, artists tend to be born with an instinct of whether to go for paint or pencil, borne out by samples of the early work that the artists at Dreamworks brought in to show their earliest work as it matched their strengths in adulthood. I’m not too sure about that as I can switch between pencil and acrylics without too much effort but then, I can write as well. Even so, talent and interest still needs to be cultivated although like those of us with an SF bent, it goes hand-in-hand with not being part of any confined social group which must make things interesting when artists group up for such animation companies like Dreamworks.
This book is another of Design Studio Press releases through Titan Books in the UK and is a sample crop from 47 artists who all work at Dreamworks doing what they like best, mostly with paint, pencil and the occasional computer. The range is enormous, ranging from surreal to unusual paint palate and I’m not even touching on the subject matter. There’s certainly enough choices to fit everyone and is a remarkable sampler, including the means to seek out many of the artists’ websites, listed at the back of the book, to see more of their work.
To give a fully representative sample of pages here would mean using the entire book so it would be cheaper for you to buy it instead. If you love artbooks or even looking at a variety of techniques that you might want to explore yourself, then this is an interesting introduction.
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