Tuesday, October 18, 2016
EXPOSÉ 12 from Ballistic Books has been announced with the company going back to it roots. In their own words "Ballistic Media started as a crowd funded company long before the term "crowd funding" was invented." All Ballistic projects going forward will be released in this way meaning that there will be a certain exclusivity to owning one of their books. The books have become a part of my cg and imaging library so I look forward to seeing more of their excellent publications. Order your book now Expose12
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The work of 215 highly-talented artists fills EXOTIQUE 4 with 322 pieces of inspiring character art in genres from science fiction, fantasy, and anime, to photorealism and stylized realism.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
All editions of EXPOSÉ 6 are available for immediate shipping.EXPOSÉ 6 is available in three editions: Hard Cover (USD$64); Soft Cover (USD$75); and Limited Edition (USD$170). The Limited Edition release includes an additional 16 pages of artist profiles and 8 Limited Edition prints. Go to the Ballistic website to flick through the book at
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Comic artists have come a long way since the styles established in the early days of Batman, Superman and The X-men. Alex Maleev is one of a number of eastern european artists whose fine art inspired and highly graphical style of art has graced the covers and interiors of many high profile characters from Marvel, DC and other publishers. His work on titles like Daredevil and The Crow has drawn a lot of attention. His highly regarded work on Daredevil is considered to be the best work on the title since Frank Millers run in the 70's. His work was also used as Sylars Paintings in the hit television series Heroes. Check out his work at Maleev.com and The Comic Art Community.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sketchfeed is a blog based community dedicated to covering art and artists who work in concept art and digital illustration. The blog covers the work from artists such as Jason Chan, Xavier Marquis and Andrew Jones. Pop on over to Sketchfeed.com/ and have a read.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
His artwork if bright vibrant and reminds me very much of a fantasy version Tim White's work in it's luminosity and colour sense. Check out Todds Work at his personal web-site.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Preston Gannaway is an award winning photojournalist, who works for the Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire. I came across her work, after reading a recent post on one of my favourite sites - http://theonlinephotographer.com/. Prestons work is beautiful, challenging, insightful and inspiring. She tells stories with her images, that hold you and make you want to see more.
A lot of her images have a peek-a-boo quality without the feeling of being voyeuristic. Many of her images use off centre compositions which are framed in unusual ways by the objects and environments in which they are shot. Her Photo-essay "Remember Me" was the first to draw my attention because of the Pulitzer Prize it won, however the rest are equally of note. Visit her personal site at prestongannaway.com it'll be well worth your time.
Friday, April 11, 2008
I was shocked to find out today that Dave Stevens passed away at the age of 52 on March 11th 2008, from complications due to leukemia. The creator of the Rocketeer and popular cover artist during much of the 80's and 90's, will be missed, greatly. Dave Stevens is survived by his mother, Carolyn; his sisters, Jennie and Melody; and his brother, Dan. There is a memorial page at the Dave Stevens official website.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Marting Evening is a photographer and imageer who specialises in creating images for the fashion industry. His work is often vibrant, colourful and eyecatching. Hew also produces some of the best books for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He is also a partner with Jeff Schewe, Andrew Rodney, Mac Holbert, Seth Resnick in Pixel Genius which makes plug-ins for Photoshop. Martin also contributes to ProDIG which he helped found with Ed Horwich. His website although simple is well worth a visit for some very beautiful images.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
All editions of EXPOSÉ 5 are available for immediate shipping.EXPOSÉ 5 is available in three editions: Hard Cover (USD$55); Soft Cover (USD$65); and Limited Edition (USD$145). The Limited Edition release includes an additional 16 pages of artist profiles and eight Limited Edition prints, unavailable with the Hard Cover or Soft Cover editions. Go to the Ballistic website to flick through the entire book at
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I've been a long time fan of Painter and looking forward to trying it out. For more information visit Corel. Corel® Painter™ X is available for $419.00 USD or UK£492.33 for the full version and as an upgrade from $219.00 USD or UK£257.33. I think the only complaint here is the relatively high price in UK £ when compared to the US Price and conversion rate.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Marco Djurdjevic is one of the current cover artists of Marvel Comics, he also works with Massive Black. His images are both powerful and highly imaginative, however he insists he that all his work is drawn entirely from his imagination. With over 10 years experience to draw from as a freelancer and concept designer, he is an example and an inspiration to many. He has produced covers recently for Blade, Daredevil, Spiderman and X-23. His personal website is currently being worked on, bookmark it, as it will definitely be worth visiting, his blog SIX MORE VODKA is active however. If you look for his work, search on google and you will find features and galleries on ConceptArt, CGTalk and Pen & Paper.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Published by: Ballistic Publishing
MSRP: US$55.00 (softcover), US$145.00 (limited edition hardcover)
Many of the sci-fi and fantasy movies being made today, make extensive use of conceptual artists. These artists are extremely talented illustrators and industrial designers, whose understanding of light, color, form and space enable them to bring life to the concepts and visions of writers, movie directors and game creators. As any artist will tell you, one of the biggest challenges presented to them is the creation of art which represents another person's concept and vision. Concept artists created the visuals which helped to sell projects such as Star Wars, Blade Runner and The Matrix to the film studios. d'artiste: Concept Art, like other books in the series, primarily features the work of several prominent artists who work in the industry, in this case George Hull, Viktor Antonov, Andrew Jones and Nicolas Bouvier.
George Hull designed for the second and third Matrix films. Andrew Jones is creative director for the Massive Black Design Studio which he helped form after working at Industrial Light & Magic. Nicolas Bouvier worked on Alone in the Dark 4 and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Viktor Antonov conceptualized for Half Life 2, Renaissance and Skyland. The selected artists are featured with samples of their work and a few step by step examples which showcase their unique way of working. The book is capped with a guest gallery of artists whose work has been chosen and critiqued by the book's main contributors.
The range of media used and styles represented in this book is truly reflective of the range of work being created in this highly imaginative field. The skills required to create these grand visions from the imagination are very similar to those required by matte artists and illustrators. Some of the samples presented demonstrate that the artist has to be more than capable of rendering costumes, buildings, vehicles and other technologies. In many situations the artists also have to be able to make the concepts convincing enough to make believable the artificial world being created. The modern concept artist is required to be fluent in both analog and digital processes; capable of wielding a pen and mouse with equal dexterity.
Thumbing through the book you rapidly gain an appreciation of the range of talents presented therein, you'll also appreciate the love and care Ballistic Publishing has lavished on the books production. The printing and packaging all reflect the high quality that I've come to expect from this publishing house.
There is still however only one real weakness with this series of books and that is the lack of any hands on tutorials and the necessary CD containing in-progress versions of the tutorial examples. All this aside, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through and reading this excellent book. The field of concept art is one which creates visual clues for the creators of movies, games and other projects. If you're interested, you can also check out the work of Ralph McQuarrie and Syd Mead, two other famous conceptual artists who have influenced a generation of aspiring creatives.
Cons: No tutorial and content CD.
Pros: Well presented with excellent production values. The artists selected for this book are all top notch. d'artiste: Concept Art is an excellent reference book which will appeal to both amateurs and professionals. It is a must-have aimed at artists interested in the techniques and skills used to create art for movies and games. Highly recommended.
This review has been reproduced in its entirety from Kickstartnews.com
For more information about d'artiste: Concept Art visit Ballistic Publishing
Sunday, December 31, 2006
One of my favourite Artists from DeviantArt She is originally from Lithiuania, but currently living and studying in London. You can find her dark, but often whimsical work at Natalie Shau and blueblack.
Another awesome artist whose work has graced the pages of many Ballistic Publishing books and whose work sets a high standard for others to work towards. You can find his personal portal at Ethereality.
Ally Fell is a 3D animator, modeller and concept artist who lives in Derbyshire in the UK. You can see his work at Darkrising.
Another excellent concept and fantasy artist whose images fuel the imagination. visit Artpad, his personal portal.
Henning Ludvigsen and Natascha Roeoesli
A talented norwegian artist who works with a games developer in Greece and a beautiful Swiss artist and photographer in her own right. A couple in real life but individually both very talented artists. Visit henningludvigsen.com and tascha.ch.
Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain
An indonesian based artist whose artwork reflects an interesting mix of cultural influences. Quite beautifully executed. Visit RAZ artWorks! for more examples.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Anyone who is a fan of the work of contemporary concept artists are likely to have come across the cool work of an artist who calls himself "BARONTiERi" and whos real name is Thierry Doizon. If you head on over to his online portfolio barontieri.com you like myself will most likely spend a while perusing the 30 or so images in his gallery. You should also should take a good look at his process and goodies page, where there are some informative tutorials. His links page is also cool, with links to many artists whose works I enjoy. His work has appeared in a number of magazines, books and the Devil May Cry comic, it has also appeared in 3 of Ballistic Publishings, Expose books. If you want to read more also visit his Windows Live Spaces Blog.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Some of these mags, even emulate the whole page turning experience. I think however, that as cute as this is, it's only going to be a shortlived feature ... I soon grew tired of "turning" pages. I much prefer clicking in the corner or on a button. Check out 08SHOW, it's in chinese but should be fairly easy to follow.
Once I started exploring the site, I also came across a link to a photoshop weblog in German where there were some really cool articles. It's well worth exploring so here's the link.