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Expose 9

Ballistic Publishing, July 2011
Softcover, 240 pages
34.8cm × 23.1cm × 3cm

Ballistic Publishing is proud to present the highest achievements of the digital art community with EXPOSE 9. The latest instalment of the Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe brings together a record number of inspiring works from some of the best-known artists in the entertainment industry, and introduces many new artists who will lead the community in years to come.

EXPOSE 9 features a record-smashing 444 pieces of original art (51 pieces more than EXPOSE 8) from 327 artists (44 more than EXPOSE 8) in 60 countries more than 10% extra art and artists than any other EXPOSE book. EXPOSE 9 draws artists from every continent on Earth (except Antarctica), making it the most diverse collection of styles and cultural influences, and a true snapshot of the worldwide digital art community. EXPOSE 9 showcases the world s best digital art in the categories of: Game Art; Comic/Manga; Portrait (Painted & Rendered); Fantasy; Fantasy Femmes; Architecture (Exterior & Interior); Concept Art; Environment; Matte Painting; Science Fiction; Robotic/Cyborg; Abstract; Still Life; Warriors & Conflict; Whimsical; Surreal; and Transport.

Across all these categories, Ballistic Publishing is uncompromising in its pursuit of quality, and each image that appears in EXPOSE 9 is individually color-corrected to maintain a standard of output that no other art publisher can match. EXPOSE 9 entries were judged into Master and Excellence classes by a judging panel of renowned artists including: Stephan Martiniere (concept artist), Chris Sloane (award-winning Art Director), Max Dennison (founder of Matte Painting UK), Chris Stoski (matte painter and concept artist), Don Seegmiller (legendary artist and educator), Alex Morris (architectural visualization guru) and Sze Jones (renowned game artist). EXPOSE 9 Grand Master Award Winner Daniel Dociu Each year EXPOSE awards the title of Grand Master to an artist who has had a major influence through their craft. Previous winners have included H.R. Giger, Ralph McQaurrie, Syd Mead, and John Berkey. Daniel Dociu, the EXPOSE 9 Grand Master, has exerted his creative influence in game art direction. Dociu s life started behind the Iron Curtain where he studied art before teaching visual communication at the Fine Art Academy in Cluj, Transylvania.

He left for the USA and worked for a toy company before joining several Seattle-based game companies. He is currently the Chief Art Director for NCSoft and has been a central influence on one of the most visually interesting and stylistic RPGs of the last decade with the Guild Wars franchise.