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d'artiste: Matte Painting is the authoritative book dedicated to showcasing and teaching the skills behind the art of digital matte painting. Leading Hollywood matte painters Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski bring readers through the matte painting techniques used to create breathtaking, photo-realistic sets and backdrops for film, television and video games.

Matte Painting work for sequences in ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’ feature prominently, as does an impressive painting for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

Each master artist presents their unique approaches through a series of step-by-step tutorials from concept to final painting. d’artiste: Matte Painting dedicates a section to each master artist, including a personal gallery, biography, up to 28 pages of tutorial content each and an invited artist gallery featuring 56 matte paintings from talented digital artists worldwide.

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Step-by-step techniques
d’artiste Matte Painting features step-by-step tutorials from each master artist from concept to final painting. Tutorials include:
  • Tower of London
  • Desert City
  • Lava City
  • Gothic Cathedral
  • Planet-Scape
  • Skies
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Coruscant
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Jedi Temple
  • Golden Gate

d’artiste: Matte Painting showcases the techniques of each artist working in their respective software environments and challenges readers to apply these concepts to any software environment of choice. d’artiste: Matte Painting is the definitive guide to digital matte painting and is beneficial to any student or professional artist seeking to perfect skills in this niche craft.

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d'artiste series is unique in that it combines the technical insights of top artists with a glimpse of leading work from the digital illustration community .

Industry-Leading Authors
Leading 3D character modelers Pascal Blanché, Francisco A. Cortina and Steven Stahlberg take readers behind the scenes of their character creations showing the techniques to create expressive, memorable 3D characters that work.
Chris Stoski - As an Art Director and 3D Artist, Chris Stoski has worked with such distinguished companies as Michael Sechman & Associates, Matte World Digital and Industrial Light & Magic. His work is featured in films such as ‘The Last Samurai’, ‘The Ring’, ‘Jurassic Park III’, ‘Catwoman’, and ‘Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith’. More>>
Alp Altiner - Alp Altiner's career as an artist has led him to work at such preeminent companies such as Todd McFarlane, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions, Marvel, DC Comics, Digital Domain, Morgan Creek, Illusion Arts, Hydraulx and Engine Room. More>>
Dylan Cole - Dylan Cole is a leading matte painter and concept artist specializing in work for film, television, and video games. Graduating with a degree in fine art from UCLA, Dylan Cole has worked with Illusion Arts, Rhythm & Hues and Weta Digital.. More>>
Spectacular Digital
Matte Painting Galleries

Complementing each artist’s master class tutorials are numerous digital matte paintings personally selected by the authors for critique and commentary. These works are invited by the respective authors or submitted by the community, making the d’artiste series a unique blend of tutorial and artistic content.

Superior Quality
Ballistic Publishing is renowned for its extraordinarily high quality publications. Each published image is hand-tweaked and color-corrected to ensure that the transfer from the computer monitor to print is accurate and outstanding in quality. d’artiste books are uniquely presented in a slipcase, to ensure protection while being a distinctive showcase title.

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Limited Edition

In addition to the standard slip-cased edition, d'artiste: Matte Painting is available in an exclusive collector’s Limited Edition featuring a black leather-bound cover with silver-embossing, and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity with gold Ballistic Publishing seal. Only 200 of these limited, numbered copies will be available as extremely valuable and unique collectibles.


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Ballistic Publishing’s d'artiste series is unique in that it combines the artistic and technical insights of industry-leading artists with a glimpse of top work from the community.

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d'artiste series
The d'artiste imprint (pronounced dah-tee-st) means both "of the artist" and "digital artist". Each d'artiste title features step-by-step tutorials presented by the master artists. In addition to these master class tutorials, d’artiste also showcases galleries of work from the artists and the community at large. This unique mix of content gives the reader a comprehensive and personal insight into the master artists, their approaches, techniques, influences and works.

More d’artiste Digital Artists Master Class Books:
- d’artiste: Digital Painting – Linda Bergkvist, Robert Chang, Philip Straub, John Wallin

Publication Details:
Slip Cased
ISBN 1-921002-16-6
Limited Edition
ISBN: 1-921002-17-4
Details: 192 pages
Dimensions: 220 x 297mm
Shipping: d'artiste - Matte Painting will begin shipping world-wide in mid-August.