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April 13th, 2009 #1
Book Review: Exodyssey art book from Steambot Studios
Just received my copy of Exodyssey and here the review and some pictures of the art book. This review is originally published on my blog.
A little background first. Steambot Studios consists of six artists who have worked in the visual entertainment industry for more than a decade. Clients include EA, Ubisoft, Disney, Blue Sky, Hasbro etc. Pretty impressive client list for six artists, namely Sebastian Larroude (Rainart), Nicolas Ferrand (Viag), Thierry Doizeon (Barontieri), Joel Dos Reis Viegas (Feerik), David Levy (Vyle) and Patrick Desgreniers.
I was expecting Exodyssey to be a portfolio art book. To my surprise, it's not. It's actually a series of concept paintings created off a story concept. Which means that these are created specifically for the book, for the artists themselves.
Here's an excerpt from the overview:
Exodyssey is the name given to the long and war-filled period of time during which humans departed for exo-planets in order to survive their own destruction.
The concept art is based more on the environment of these planets, the architecture, vehicles and landscape. There are also quite a few elaborate character designs and, towards the back, alien lifeforms (spoilers!!). I would guess that most of them are digital paintings since the captions don't indicate, although a few pieces look very close to traditional medium. Also included are a few intricate 3D models that are painted over. The details are astonishing.
There's not much story per se as the captions by each of the artists really talk more about the scenes and concepts rather than the story. As a whole, this book looks a lot like a movie visual development book, especially with the tons of background paintings.
Without reading the text, no one would have believed that this 176-page book, filled to the brim with art and concept, is created by only six artists. It's a tremendous piece of effort and great showcase of talent.
Oh, there are both hardcover and paperback versions for the book.
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April 13th, 2009 #2
thanks for the badass review. Now that I see you here, no wonder it was thorough and you knew about our industry
I did not know your blog. Impressive!
As for the exodyssey website, it is being prepared and should be online in the next few weeks.
thanks again for your interest.
August 10th, 2009 #3
Thanks for all the awesome reviews. I always check your site before making any art book purchases. I recently bought that steambot book by the way and it's page after page of killer stuff.
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--- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
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