7TH DECEMBER 2009 – Once again over 1,100 submissions made their way to the Digital Art Masters submissions mailbox, and the daunting – albeit rather enjoyable – task lay ahead of us to reduce this outstanding number of entries down to just 50 finalists. The quality of submissions to Volume 5 has surprised us yet again, even though after looking at Digital Art Masters: Volume 4 you would have thought it near impossible that we could once again receive so many awe-inspiring works from so many renowned industry artists and talented hobbyists alike!
Of this massive number of incredible entries, the 3DTotal team, consisting of Richard Tilbury (3DTotal Artist), Chris Perrins (Lead Designer), Lynette Clee (Content Manager), Layla Khani (Designer) and myself, Tom Greenway (Managing Director), began the initial selection of choosing approximately 300 images that we would take through to the next round. Of these 300, all of were of the quality to go into the next book – which in theory means we could make a set of 6 books!! (We’re not so sure that out publishers, Focal Press, would be too impressed with this idea, mind you!) So the final selection day was required to reduce 300 printable images to just 50. And that’s where our guest judges came in…
Four judges, in the forms of matte painter, Tim Warnock (www.thenextside.com), who recently relocated from Canada to London to work at Double Negative; Till Nowak – a Digital Art Masters: Volume 4 featured artist with an incredible portfolio of digital art, design and film work (www.framebox.de) – who is Germany-based but currently working on a project for Aardman in Bristol; and two videogame artists with impressive backgrounds, John Kearney and Chung Wong, currently of VooFoo Studios (www.voofoostudios.com) in the U.K., descended on the 3DTotal studio where they were greeted by 300 square foot of floor space filled with glossy prints! We were lucky to have such well-known and talented artists available to us at such a busy time of year; they all shared their honest opinions on the artworks offered to Digital Art Masters: Volume 5 and gave us some fantastic insights into the images lay before us from their professional perspectives.
The day was a great success and after many deliberations the final choices were voiced, and the final selection of 50 images – all amazing digital art masters’ worthy artworks – were agreed upon. We are certain that the final product will be an superb collection to any artist’s library, which as well as showcasing the 50 chosen images will also reveal how they were made in an article written by each artist. Digital Art Masters: Volume 5 is due to for worldwide release in July 2010. Stay tuned! Questions in the meantime can be sent to Lynette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynette Clee - Chris Perrins - Layla Khani - Chung Wong - Richard Tilbury - John Kearney - Tim Warnock - Till Nowak