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e338 is an epic collection of personal work by master artist Loïc Zimmermann (VFX Concept Artist on Thor, Iron Man 3, True Grit & more)

This 152-page book is a complete collection of the personal art of Loïc e338 Zimmermann. Offering a unique insight into the life of a multi-talented French visual artist living and working in Los Angeles on superhero films such as Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, it is lovingly packed with insightful articles on his creation processes spanning concept art, 3D, digital sculpting, photography, mixed media and more.

Thank you!

Thank you, everyone! This has been such a fun project - and the backing of a mixed media pledge in the final few hours was truly overwhelming! Thank you!

BIG THANKS to all who have pledged and shouted about this project throughout the last month. We're super excited to now buckle down and get stuck into all the serious work to bring this project to you on schedule in 2014 :)

It's not too late...

If you've come across this page after the campaign has ended and you're interested in getting a copy of e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann, or perhaps just want to find out how things are going, drop by the 3dtotal website or our Facebook Page for updates. You can also sign up to our twice-monthly newsletter for all the latest news from the team. Or if you prefer to speak to one of our team in person, drop Emma an email at emma@3dtotal.com and she'll add you to a list of people to contact when the book is on sale.

“I'm really thrilled to see how this campaign evolved during these past weeks. This is so motivating, I don't even know how to express how I feel right now!” - Loïc

Stretch goal! £7,500 More info here

Updates!

The 20 limited edition silkscreen prints have now been fully printed, signed and numbered and waiting for your pledges! See option #8 to bag one of these beauties!

The Binaural model has now been sculpted ready for the resin statues! While the helmet design may need to change slightly during the testing process, to ensure the statues are the best quality, this is the most up-to-date design to date. See options #6 and #7, or add £35 to any other tier to get the resin statue sent to you!

And! The first of the one-off mixed media artworks have been completed! See pledge option #9 if you want to own an original Loïc Zimmermann!

And as is if this isn't enough, Loic is still working on more and more art. Here is a new Binaural girl to add to his incredible series of women wearing spectacular helmets, plus an awesome new painting from his LA cars series...

Meanwhile, we've been receiving fantastic feedback from artists and backers from around the world. Here are just a few endorsements from big names that Loic and 3dtotal were overwhelmed to read:

"I noticed Loïc's work several years ago - in particular his piece entitled 'The Assassin'. I hadn't seen digital artwork executed with such a dynamic approach, using 3D and 2D applications to bring the piece to a finish. It's a philosophy I started applying to my own work not getting tied down to either or to create an evocative piece. I'm extremely excited to see a book filled with his work across multiple disciplines and can't wait to flip through my copy!"
Andrew Baker, Digital Sculptor/Designer, Weta Workshop

"I've been a fan of Zimmermann's work for many, many years. He was one of my biggest inspirations when I started to work in this industry. Such a talent in so many levels and with so different techniques. It's a pleasure to help him on this project somehow. Thanks 3dtotal for creating this project, I hope we can see all of his 3D pieces on it - I need this book on my reference shelf!"
Rafael Grassetti, Character Art Supervisor, Sony

Please take a moment to check out our vision behind this book, as well as the exclusive rewards that we have cooked up with Loïc to say a massive THANKS for your pledges...

Here is a mock-up of the e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann book cover featuring one of the girls from the incredible Binaural series
Here is a mock-up of the e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann book cover featuring one of the girls from the incredible Binaural series

"It's like cheese and dessert: a book and some collector prints! It's essentially a great way to get some original artworks and leave with a book on top" Loïc e338 Zimmermann

Find out more from the man himself in an interview with Loïc over on our website.

This luxurious art book will feature over 100 images crafted by the talented hands and mind of Loïc e338 Zimmermann. The scope of the book makes it particularly exciting, covering collections of his personal work from all genres: concept art, digital illustration, 3D modelling, digital sculpture, photography, filmmaking and even mixed media - which combines both digital and traditional techniques for mind-blowing results!

Here is a selection of character concepts from Loïc's portfolio
Here is a selection of character concepts from Loïc's portfolio
Loïc's talent is far from restricted to characters; he's also a dab-hand at scenes too!
Loïc's talent is far from restricted to characters; he's also a dab-hand at scenes too!

As well as a stunning art book, it is also designed to be an inspirational guide for artists and art lovers alike, including tips on how to be proactive as an artist, how to problem-solve design challenges, as well as offering insights into his personal creation techniques - and this stuff is gold! Great care will be taken over the design and layout of the images and articles to ensure the art has the room it needs to breathe, while still satisfying your desire to devour an immensely rich collection of art.

Loïc has a keen eye for a fantastic photograph. Here are just a few of his clever snaps
Loïc has a keen eye for a fantastic photograph. Here are just a few of his clever snaps
Loïc has also been known to dabble with comic book illustrations...
Loïc has also been known to dabble with comic book illustrations...
And his mixed media works have been exhibited and sold in galleries all around the world!
And his mixed media works have been exhibited and sold in galleries all around the world!

Exclusive to this 'art of' book is Loïc's most recent Binaural illustration series, which features several images of beautiful female characters wearing spectacularly colourful space helmets. The idea for the first Binaural girl originated during several nights of insomnia, and has since evolved into a thrilling series of images - each one sharing fragments of the last. Here is a sneak peek at what's in store...

The Binaural girls, strutting their stuff...
The Binaural girls, strutting their stuff...
Here is an early mock-up of a spread in the book. This one features one of the Binaural girls too! Every effort will be made to ensure this book is clean and reflects the styling of Loïc's impressive portfolio
Here is an early mock-up of a spread in the book. This one features one of the Binaural girls too! Every effort will be made to ensure this book is clean and reflects the styling of Loïc's impressive portfolio

What's more, Pascal Blanché, Art Director at Ubisoft Montreal, will be opening the book with a passionate foreword about Loïc's work. Pascal and Loïc are comrades who both thoroughly enjoy pushing the boundaries and playing with colour in ways that many artists dare not to try. This combination of Pascal Blanché and Loïc Zimmermann is an electrifying cocktail of talent that we can't wait to bring together!

This book is a real treat for us at 3dtotal Publishing, as it's our first foray into compiling an art collection that focuses on one artist across a variety of art genres. To make it really special we have decided to give it a medium-format feel, to reflect the style of Loïc's work and the media he uses.

It will measure 255x255mm in size and will be presented in a beautiful slipcase. We are exploring the options with our printers to find the best results for the book cover and the slipcase as we want to ensure it has the right quality for an art book of this ilk. We have already produced books in the past with a variety of cover and slipcase options, so we are confident that we can come up with something awesome for this very special art book.

The book will comprise of 152 pages, and for Kickstarter backers only each book will come with a signed and numbered certificate. Backers can also get their names printed IN THE BOOK!

"The pledges we've come up with for this project are a complete extension of the book itself" Loïc e338 Zimmermann

Over the past few months we have been putting our heads together with Loïc's to come up with a range of tiers that offer something for everyone to enjoy, including:

  • a signed and numbered certificate inside every book plus your name printed inside the book itself. Become a part of history today!

  • an insightful MP3 interview between Loïc and the award-winning artist, Michael Kutsche for all backers - great motivation for a quiet day at the computer.

  • an exclusive 48-page photography book featuring a collection of Loïc's best snaps. Your bookshelf will thank you for it.

  • beautiful giclee prints on 100% cotton rag paper using archival inks - frame it, and be the envy of all your friends.

  • an incredible 6-inch resin model of a female character from the Binaural series - perfect inspiration for your desk. It'll be cast in a lovely neutral grey tone.

  • a limited 8-colour silkscreen print of Loïc's RoyNexus6 image, hand-crafted in France. One for the collectors - it's limited to 20 prints so be quick to snap them up.

  • plus very limited mixed media one-off artworks (approx 20x20 inches) on wood that will be made by Loïc in Los Angeles, for those that want to own a true original!

All tiers include free shipping to the UK, EU and USA. If you reside in a country outside of these, you will need to add a little extra to your pledge to cover the shipping costs - please refer to the shipping details below before pledging to ensure you give the right amount for your pledge option.

This is a mock-up of the 48-page photography book
This is a mock-up of the 48-page photography book
Here's a sample of the photography that will adorn the pages of the 48-page journal
Here's a sample of the photography that will adorn the pages of the 48-page journal
The giclee will be printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper using archival inks
The giclee will be printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper using archival inks
These renders from ZBrush show the work-in-progress model for the resin statue. The final version may differ due to casting requirements
These renders from ZBrush show the work-in-progress model for the resin statue. The final version may differ due to casting requirements
A quick shot of one of Loïc's images being silkscreen printed by hand in France this September, in anticipation for this project!
A quick shot of one of Loïc's images being silkscreen printed by hand in France this September, in anticipation for this project!
Here's the prototype for the 8-colour silkscreen print (currently in production). Colours may vary to the final print, as it's an organic process
Here's the prototype for the 8-colour silkscreen print (currently in production). Colours may vary to the final print, as it's an organic process
Here is one of Loïc's earlier mixed-media masterpieces. The 3 one-off artworks for this Kickstarter will be new pieces that he will be crafting during this project and will be approx 20x20 inches in size
Here is one of Loïc's earlier mixed-media masterpieces. The 3 one-off artworks for this Kickstarter will be new pieces that he will be crafting during this project and will be approx 20x20 inches in size
17 October: The work is underway on the first mixed media being created for this project! This is just round 3 of a long process that Loic uses to build up his mixed medai masterpieces. More WIPs to come soon!
17 October: The work is underway on the first mixed media being created for this project! This is just round 3 of a long process that Loic uses to build up his mixed medai masterpieces. More WIPs to come soon!

Those in the UK, EU and USA will be pleased to hear that it's FREE SHIPPING to you! For countries that fall into the 'Rest of World' category, you'll just need to add the following amounts to your pledge, so we can send you your rewards.

UK, EU and USA backers can also request tracked and guaranteed shipping if preferred over the standard free shipping option. Here is a guide to the correct amounts to add to your pledges:

PLEDGE OPTION #1: No shipping 

PLEDGE OPTION #2:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £4
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £44
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £35
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £28

PLEDGE OPTION #3:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £10
(or add £13 if adding the resin statue; or add £11 if adding the giclee)
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £45
(or add £55 if adding resin statue; or add £48 if adding the giclee)
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
(or add £18 if adding the resin statue; or add £18 if adding the giclee)
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £36
(or add £43 if adding the resin statue; or add £38 if adding the giclee)
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £30
(or add £34 if adding resin statue; or add £30 if adding the giclee)

PLEDGE OPTION #4:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £12
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £48
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £38
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £30

PLEDGE OPTION #5:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £13
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £52
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £41
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £32

PLEDGE OPTION #6:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £16
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £63
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £49
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £39

PLEDGE OPTION #7:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £17
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £67
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £52
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £41

PLEDGE OPTION #8:

Rest of World - standard shipping (not tracked and no replacements): Add £28
(or add £31 if adding the resin statue; or add £28 if adding the giclee)
Rest of World - tracked and guaranteed shipping: Add £64
(or add £75 if adding the resin statue; or add £67 if adding the giclee)
UK - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £18
(or add £18 if adding the resin statue; or add £18 if adding the giclee)
EU - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £49
(or add £57 if adding the resin statue; or add £52 if adding the giclee)
USA - tracked and guaranteed shipping option: Add £39
(or add £45 if adding the resin statue; or add £41 if adding the giclee)

PLEDGE OPTION #9: Tracked and guaranteed shipping cost included in pledge amount.

Please be careful to add the correct amount to cover shipping to avoid delaying your shipments.

While we have been creating art books and educational material for CG artists for many years now, we have yet to embark on a project quite like this. It's new and it's exciting. We wanted to open this project up to the community to let you be a part of it, as well as to find out whether it's an avenue you want us to pursue in the future. Your pledges will help us to cover the production of the book, fund the unique rewards and ensure that the book is of the quality that Loic's work deserves. 

Sure, we have tried 'art of' books in the past, but nothing that branches into the many areas that Loïc has mastered throughout the course of his career. And having been bouncing ideas around with Loïc for several months about various rewards for backers, we simply couldn't imagine not launching it here to let everyone be a part of this exciting project. What's more, every backer that pledges for a tier with the book will have their name printed inside the book itself! We want Kickstarter backers to feel like a part of this book, because your pledges mean the world to us and to Loïc.

We hope to gain your support so that we can tackle more projects like this in the future with the remarkable artists that we all worship in droves.

Why £3,338?

We thought you might ask this. Well, since Loïc's work is quirky and daring, we thought it would be appropriate to reflect this with our Kickstarter funding goal as well. Three-three-three-eight has a nice ring to it! But please don't underestimate us: we have spent many (many!) hours deliberating and calculating the costs of our project, including treatments, pagination, material and shipping costs, as well as covering the expenses of rewards for backers, and we are extremely confident that if we can reach the £3,338 goal then we can bring this fantastic project to the world. So while the £3,338 sounds like a fun figure, it's also a very important sum for us to ensure the project is a success.

If this project is successfully funded, the work will get super serious in November: all content already gathered and written will be sub-edited and perfected for print, and all book layouts will be finalised in December. We've already started work on the book, but the outcome of the Kickstarter project will determine whether we can go any further with it.

The book will have its final proof in January 2014 before being sent to print. While the book is being printed, packaged and shipped back to the UK, we will be working hard on the extra rewards with Loïc to ensure they are ready for when the book arrives in the UK in May 2014. We anticipate being able to send all books and rewards in June, but depending on the level of support we received for the project, shipping could extend into July.

3dtotal Publishing is the maker of a library of successful educational books for digital artists, spanning a variety of subjects from digital painting for beginners to sculpting in ZBrush for professionals. And behind 3dtotal Publishing is the 3dtotal.com website, which has been around for the last 14 years to offer artists and hobbyists helpful free tutorials and insightful articles to aid them with their digital art triumphs.

We have already launched 3 successful Kickstarter projects, including the Prime Wars card game, a male anatomy figure for artists, and our most recent was a board game called 404: Law Not Found. Prime Wars and the male anatomy figure projects have both been fulfilled with very happy backers. 404: Law Not Found has just been funded and is now in the heavy production phase.

Left: Male anatomy figure. Top: 404: Law Not Found. Bottom: Prime Wars
Left: Male anatomy figure. Top: 404: Law Not Found. Bottom: Prime Wars

"I'm thrilled to work hand-in-hand with 3dtotal on this art book - it's a 152-page journey into my work and process. In my opinion, 3dtotal is behind some of the best books ever published in our industry; I feel privileged to be picked up for this collaboration where my illustration, 3D and photography can nest into one book.

"The pledges we've come up for this project are a complete extension of the book itself. It's like cheese and desert: a book AND some collector prints! It's essentially a great way to get some original artworks and leave with a book on top.

"It's also exciting as this will be the first 3D resin cast ever made of my work. So to have it come with 152 pages of goodies on top is awesome!"

Special thanks go to Loïc Zimmermann for embarking on this unique project with us, and to Rebekah Tolley for putting the video together for us. Thank you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The awesome news is that we already know a good thing or two about book publishing, so we have no worries about our abilities when it comes to the printing and production of high-quality art books.

The obvious challenges with a project like this come down to the rewards for backers, as some of these need to be hand-made and even hand-signed by the artist. While we expect absolutely no problems in the creation of any of these rewards, overwhelming support of the project could mean that it takes a little longer than anticipated to sign all the goodies and hand-make the original works of art for the higher level tiers.

With that said though, we are very confident that we can deliver exceptional results in good time. We have a fantastic working relationship with Loïc Zimmermann and we are equally as excited as he is to deliver this incredible project to the world! We look forward to seeing your response so we can start estimating how long things like signings will take. We'll be sure to post regular updates to keep everyone in the loop!

FAQ

  • This is a good question!

    We are constantly in discussion with our printers to work out the best options for the cover with the slipcase we have in mind. If we go for a hardcover slipcase, the book will have a softcover so that it is easier to get in and out of the slipcase. However, we are also looking into a lightweight slipcase covering that would allow us to have a hardcover book inside. So either way, there will definitely be hardcover protection! We are just in the process of working out the practicalities of having a hardcover slipcase with a softcover book, or a hardcover book in a lightweight slipcase. We will go with the option that gives the highest quality feel to the book overall.

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  • Unfortunately, Canada does fall into the Rest of World category for this project. We wish we could offer free shipping to everyone, but sadly we need to make some restrictions. Please see the Shipping details section above for the Rest of World add-ons. For standard shipping, the prices are very reasonable. It gets a little more expensive for the tracked delivery options, but standard shipping is very well-priced.

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    OPTION #1: Any support is appreciated! So for a pledge of £1 or more we will send you a personalised thank you, plus a motivating MP3 interview between Loïc Zimmermann and the award-winning artist, Michael Kutsche recorded exclusively for this project! £1 = APPROX $1.60 US / €1.20 EUR

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    OPTION #2: This will get you option #1 PLUS an exclusive 48-page book showcasing the photography of Loïc Zimmermann and a selection of art postcards featuring images from the book. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £10 = APPROX $16 US / €12 EUR

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    OPTION #3: Get option #1 PLUS e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann 152-page book with a signed certificate and your name printed in the book and a selection of art postcards featuring images from the book. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £25 = APPROX $40 US / €29 EUR

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    OPTION #4: We'll send you everything in options #1, #2 and #3! So that's: e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann 152-page book with a signed certificate and your name printed in the book; an exclusive 48-page book showcasing the photography of Loïc Zimmermann; art postcards; a personalised thank you and an MP3 interview. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £34 = APPROX $54 US / €40 EUR

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    OPTION #5: Get EVERYTHING in option #4 PLUS an exclusive signed giclée art print featuring one of the incredible illustrations in the book, printed on 100% cotton rag paper using archival inks. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £56 = APPROX $89 US / €66 EUR

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    OPTION #6: This will get you EVERYTHING in option #4 PLUS an exclusive 6-inch resin statue of a character from the Binaural series in a beautiful neutral grey tone. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £69 = APPROX $110 US / €81 EUR

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    OPTION #7: This option ties together options #5 and #6 so you can get EVERYTHING in option #4 PLUS the signed giclée art print on 100% cotton rag paper using archival inks AND an exclusive 6-inch resin statue of a character from the Binaural series. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £92 = APPROX $147 US / €108 EUR

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    OPTION #8: Get EVERYTHING in option #4 PLUS a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen print of 'RoyNexus6' character, hand-printed in France in September 2013. Free shipping to UK, EU and USA (for Rest of World see 'Shipping details' info on the main page). You can add £35 for the 6-inch resin statue and/or add £23 for a signed giclée art print! For tracked shipping add-ons, please refer to the main page for the correct amount for your location. £229 = APPROX $356 US / €270 EUR

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    OPTION #9: To own an original piece of art by Loïc Zimmermann, bidding £963 or more will get you just that! We'll send you EVERYTHING in option #4 PLUS an original mixed media artwork on wood at approximately 20x20 inches. We are offering free tracked and guaranteed shipping with this pledge option and it is limited to only 3. Each artwork will be completely unique and hand-made by Loïc in Los Angeles! You can also add £35 for the 6-inch resin statue and/or add £23 for a signed giclée art print. £963 = APPROX $1,534 US / €1,138 EUR

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