Game Art - Fakes and Tricks
Ever asked yourself - "How on earth did they do that?" when researching a game?
Simon Trümpler has an excellent collection of game art fakes and tricks on his website at http://simonschreibt.de/game-art-tricks/. He disects specific off the wall tricks game art professionals have done in numerous games. Very cool stuff!
Also check out his artist-friendly article where he breaks down the technical and complex topic of rendering. It's one of the clearest descriptions I've seen out there and is a must read for any game artist - junior or experienced!
Here is Simon's "Render Hell" introduction:
(Main page thumbnail image source - Airborn)