Book Review: Blank: HMT Studios Artbook

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HMT Studios, or Home of Multi-Talent Studios, is an art studio based in Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 2011 and today it has a team of artists whose artwork are featured in this book.

Blank is a 156-page hardcover artbook with a circular die-cut on the cover.

The art you'll see are from Emmarson Bautista, Gab Santos, Harvey Tolibao, Kevin Anthony De Castro and Kevin Tolibao.

The book features mostly character designs, mainly fantasy characters, and several superhero fan art. There are also many commissioned artworks such as the card art for Dark Summoner, the iOS game Dragon Cavalier and other projects.

The most impressive artworks come from Harvey Tolibao. He was born on 25 June 1981, held many graphics related jobs before he decided to become a comic artist. He has worked for Dark Horse, Marvel, Zenescope and IDW. The line art from his comic works are just amazing.

Works from the younger artists are good but definitely could be better as they tackle more projects and get more experience.

The highlight of the book is probably the commissioned artworks. Those would be the card art and video game character designs. The card art reminds me of those from Lord of Vermilion which features mostly character and creature-based artworks. The art and designs from HTM Studios are also of top quality.

This book was found at STGCC 2014.

To get the book, I suggest asking HMT Studios on their Facebook page, DeviantArt page or even Basheer Graphic Books.

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