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Ballistic Publishing Releases d’artiste: Matte Painting
The authoritative book for digital matte painters by leading Hollywood artists

6 July 2005, Adelaide, Australia – Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce the release of d'artiste: Matte Painting, 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.

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.

Step-by-Step Tutorials
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.

Industry-Leading Authors
d'artiste: Matte Painting features three leading Hollywood digital matte painters: Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski.

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. Alp is currently a freelance visual effects and visual development artist specializing in concept art, matte painting and 3D modeling, texturing and lighting work for film, television and video games. Alp Altiner’s work is seen in ‘The Exorcist', ‘Van Helsing', ‘The Day After Tomorrow', ‘The Notebook', a NASCAR TV Spot, Crystal Geiser, a Tori Amos music video and ‘BloodRayne II'.

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. His work can be seen in ‘Time Machine’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’, ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’, ‘The Ring 2’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘I, Robot’, ‘Van Helsing’, ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe’.

Chris Stoski - Chris Stoski graduated from the School of Architecture at Washington State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. As a Matte Painter, 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’.

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.

Leather-Bound Limited Editions
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.

Pricing and Availability
d'artiste: Matte Painting is available in a soft cover/slipcase edition retailing for $63 (Australian dollars) and a leather-bound Limited Edition retailing for $179 (Australian dollars). d'artiste: Matte Painting is now available for pre-order direct from Ballistic Publishing at For a limited time until 31 July 2005, customers can pre-order the book and enjoy discounts of up to 12.7%. d'artiste: Matte Painting will begin shipping worldwide in mid-August 2005.

Title Standard RRP Pre-Order
Before 31 July
Limited Edition RRP Pre-Order
Before 31 July
Matte Painting
AUD $63.00 AUD $55.00
Save 12.7%

AUD $179.00 AUD $159.00
Save 11.2%

SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles Convention Center, 2-4 August 2005
d'artiste: Matte Painting will be available at SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles Convention Center, (2-4 August 2005) from the Ballistic Publishing booth (#1051) in limited quantities, at full recommended retail price. Customers are advised to pre-order the book to reserve their copy and enjoy the promotional discount. Customers who pre-order their copies at promotional discount will not be able to pick them up at SIGGRAPH.

d’artiste Matte Painting publication details

  • Soft cover/Slipcase Edition ISBN 1-921002-16-6
  • Limited Collector’s Edition ISBN 1-921002-17-4

The 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.

Ballistic Publishing
Ballistic Publishing is the leading, award-winning, independent publisher of books for the digital arts industry. Dedicated to producing the highest quality publications celebrating the talents of digital artists worldwide, it is setting high standards in all areas of publishing from the quality of content, design and delivery to its responsiveness to the market. Ballistic Publishing shares a strong affiliation with the digital arts community through its sister organization The CGSociety (The Computer Graphics Society). Ballistic Publishing is based in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, with offices in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) and Tampa (Florida, USA). More information about Ballistic Publishing is available from

Media Contact
For more information, images and review copies, please contact:
Leonard Teo, Ballistic Publishing
Ph: +61 8 8388 5966 / +61 8 8370 3491 (direct)


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