where concept art and education meet
Design Studio Press is a groundbreaking publishing house out of Southern California; the only publisher of its type in the United States, producing fresh, innovative books on design and creativity. The artists that contribute to the press are the top designers in the entertainment industry, having worked on countless movies including: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, War of the Worlds, Men in Black, Van Helsing, Batman, Spider-man, Alien vs. Predator, X-Files, The Island, Troy, Fantastic Four, Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron, Minority Report, A.I., Transformers (in production), Superman Returns (in production) and Star Wars – Episodes I, II, and III.
Founded in 2002 by Scott Robertson, a world-renowned concept designer and the Director of Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, DSP has an unwavering commitment to its mission of creating original artistic works, educational books and DVDs to inspire artists everywhere, at all levels.
DSP’s first release, Concept Design 1, showcases artwork from seven top entertainment design professionals. Even after three years, sales continue to be strong as the stunning visuals contained within this book are timeless and thus eternally captivating. Spring of 2006, the much awaited Concept Design 2 will be released; this title not only features unique pieces from the seven original artists but also includes never-before-seen artwork from seventeen of their most accomplished colleagues. At the sneak peek of the book at Comic-Con 2005, viewers were mesmerized and anxious for its arrival.
Soon after its successful first title, DSP launched Monstruo–The Art of Carlos Huante; this jaw-dropping, awesome title is an inspiration to all artists, especially adolescents. Reaching out with his imagination, Carlos Huante has the power to pull viewers into an amazing world of unprecedented creature and character design. His recent follow up title, Mas Creaturas, was met with accolades at Comic-Con and considered a steal at the retail price of $9.95 for the paperback version. Never has a trip into such a fabulous mind been so affordable.
The next artist monograph, Quantum Dreams–The Art of Stephan Martiniere, takes viewers on a journey beyond compare with futuristic visions found nowhere else but in the imagination of this talented artist who was recently appointed creative director of Midway Games in Chicago.
In 2004, AVP: Alien vs. Predator–The Creature Effects of ADI provided readers with a rare glimpse into the studio of one of the top special effects companies in the industry. Tracing the process of creating every facet of special effects, this title gives fans and artists behind-the-scenes access to the secret world of creature design and manufacturing.
Alec Gillis of ADI has since published Worlds–A Mission of Discovery (Summer 2005); called “a visual masterpiece” by director James Cameron, this book takes the reader on an epic journey to planets and biospheres of Alec’s own creation. Through the eyes and camera of a lone space explorer, Alec authors a revolutionary book that looks and feels like exploration.
To coincide with the release of the much anticipated video game Darkwatch (Summer 2005), DSP partnered with the superb team of concept designers who worked on the game to demonstrate the process behind the visual development of all the vehicles, props, characters and environments in the appropriately titled book, The Art of Darkwatch (Summer 2005). This title, as well as the current bestseller, The Skillful Huntsman–Visual Development of a Grimm Tale at Art Center College of Design, expertly displays the skills involved in visualizing alternate realities and provides unprecedented insights into the birth of an idea and the subsequent creative process to develop that idea.
With so many magnificent and talented comrades, needless to say, DSP has a plethora of titles in the pipeline for
2006 including: ENTROPIA – A Collection of Unusually Rare Stamps by Christian Lorenz Scheurer, Daphne One – Sketches by Daphne Yap, Creatures and Characters in 3-D, LA<>SF – A Sketchbook from California by Christian Schellewald, Drawthrough Volumes 1 – 3 – Sketches and Renderings by Scott Robertson, Luminere – Paintings from Life with a Computer by Nick Pugh, In the Future… – Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design and Counterweight – Paintings from Rick O’Brien.
If there was ever a publishing company to watch, this one is it–with the most unique images from world-renowned concept designers.