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d'artiste: Character Design Pre-order now
d'artiste Character Design
  Your character design master class has arrived!
Exclusive Poster Offer
  Pre-order and receive a beautiful Gonzalo Ordoñez print
d'artiste Character Design Limited Edition!
  Leather-bound collectible with numbered certificate
  Recent reviews for Ballistic titles

d'artiste Character Design—Pre-order now!

d'artiste: Character Design Pre-order now  
d’artiste Character Design provides a Master Class in character design from talented artists working in game, TV and collectables. The 208-page book features a wide range of character styles from fantasy, to game and manga-inspired creations.

Kekai Kotaki shows you how he creates characters for ArenaNet's ‘Guild Wars’ RPG.

Anne Pogoda shows you how to create character variations and how to rescue characters that aren't working.

Gonzalo Ordoñez shows you how to create fantasy and manga-inspired characters drawing on his inspired work on trading card franchises like ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Legend of the Five Rings’.

d'artiste: Character Design Pre-order now

Production focus: Guild Wars

d'artiste Character Design continues the d'artiste series' production focus with a behind-the-scenes look at the hugely popular ‘Guild Wars’ RPG series through Kekai Kotaki’s amazing character designs. Kekai’s personal gallery features 36 characters from ‘Guild Wars’, ‘Guild Wars 2’ and ‘Guild Wars: Nightfall’ showing a huge selection of fantasy characters for many character classes. Three expansive tutorials cover many of the techniques regularly employed by Kekai when creating characters for ‘Guild Wars’, and include ‘Wild’, ‘Heroic’ and ‘Evil’ character designs. Finally, Kekai’s invited artist gallery features the work of fellow ArenaNet artists including Daniel Dociu, Horia Dociu, Richard Anderson, Levi Hopkins, and Donald Pham.

d'artiste: Character Design Pre-order now  

Exclusive Poster Offer

The first 200 customers to complete their purchase of d’artiste Character Design on the Ballistic Publishing website will receive a beautiful A3 poster featuring the work of Gonzalo Ordoñez.

Offering a new level of presentation and quality, the unfolded A3 poster will arrive separately in a special flatpack poster mailer preserving the poster in its original condition. Order your copy now to get your free poster.

d'artiste Character Design Limited Edition

Ballistic Publishing is offering the d'artiste Character Design Limited Edition featuring a black leather-bound cover, silver foil titles, glossy tip-on artwork, specially-printed full-color endpapers featuring the art of Kekai Kotaki and Gonzalo Ordoñez, and a full-color numbered Certificate of Authenticity with gold foil Ballistic Publishing seal. Only 200 of these limited, numbered copies will be available as extremely valuable and unique collectibles. To secure your Limited Edition visit the d’artiste Character Design Limited Edition page.

Recent reviews

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“The art direction for the game and art is wonderful. This is an intensely good art
book. Highly recommended.”

IGN Storytime: The Art of UNCHARTED 2
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IGN Entertainment,

d’artiste Character Modeling 3
“d’artiste Character Modeling 3 is a superb addition to an already high quality series. If you are interested in character modeling, this book must be on your bookshelf. It will serve not only as a tutorial guide, but as a reference work as well. Can't recommend this book more highly.”
Ricky Grove,

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Daniel Wade
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