2D Artist and 3D Creative Magazines from Zoo

2D Artist and 3D Creative Magazines from Zoo
Zoo Publishing is a relatively new company producing monthly, downloadable (PDF format) digital art magazines. For the 2D digital artist (PhotoshopR, PainterTM, etc.), they offer 2D Artist Magazine and for the 3D artist (AutodeskR MayaR, LightWave 3DR, PoserR, etc.), they have 3D Creative Magazine. In my opinion, both of these publications are top notch.

The first thing you will notice about these magazines is the striking, full-color, full and half page images which accompany the articles representing some of the best of today?s digital artists. With each issue averaging 90 pages and only three or four of these pages containing ads, you certainly get your money's worth at $4 per issue. So what do you get? Variety seams to be the keyword for both magazines which contain articles, reviews, interviews, tutorials, image overviews, galleries and competitions.

Interviews
In each issue, you will find an average of three interviews with leading artists who represent a variety of artistic styles and techniques. For example, the April 2006 issue of 2D Artist had an eight page interview with Dylan Cole, a leading digital artist. Cole discussed how he creates his matte paintings which have been seen in several popular movies such as Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Riddick. The interview opened with a beautiful, full page matte painting and many more samples of his artwork were scattered throughout the interview. Moving from fantasy to cartoon art, there were interviews with prominent digital cartoon artists. Aurore discussed working on the Pixie comics for Delcourt Publishing and Patrick Jensen from DreamWorks talked about how he got started and his work on Shrek 3. Over the past months, 3D Creative has had an interview with 3D modeller Heber Alvarado who talked about his work at Propaganda Games (Disney) and another interview with Michel Roger. This interview introduced Roger's Joan of Arc tutorial (reprinted in English) which spanned several issues.

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