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ImagineFX Annual

ImagineFX Annual ImagineFXAnnual

A compilation of the very best content from ImagineFX magazine over the past year, this bookazine is packed with fantastic tutorials to help you master traditional and digital art. Divided into clear sections covering artist portfolios, workshops, sketchbooks and traditional art, we’ll show you how professional artists collaborate on projects and reveal what’s in their sketchbooks, how to paint bright and dynamic figures, create striking paintings and illustrations, and much more. On top of all this, we’ve included some brilliant free resources for you to use in your projects, including brushes and start files that enable you to follow the tutorials in the bookazine.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to no.1 for digital artists imaginefx annual

A compilation of the very best content from ImagineFX magazine over the past year, this bookazine is packed with fantastic tutorials to help you master traditional and digital art. Divided into clear sections covering artist portfolios, workshops, sketchbooks and traditional art, we’ll show you how professional artists collaborate on projects and reveal what’s in their sketchbooks, how to paint bright and dynamic figures, create striking paintings and illustrations, and much more. Our extensive Q&A includes expert advice and tips on how to get the most out of your projects. On top of all this, we’ve included some brilliant free resources for you to use in your projects, including brushes and start files that enable you to follow the tutorials in the bookazine. Visit FileSilo and download them to get started.…

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reader fxposé

Luisa Preißler Location: Germany Web: www.luisapreissler.de Email: info@luisapreissler.de ME DIA: Photoshop Freelance fantasy illustrator Luisa loves character-driven art. She works mainly on book covers, games and comics, and always tries to convey emotions that allude to a larger story in her art. “Watching Sailor Moon as a child made me start drawing early on,” the German artist reveals, “while in my teens digital illustration opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. It enabled me to grow confident with colours, lighting and atmosphere – my favourite things to paint.” In her free time Luisa enjoys reading urban fantasy novels, travelling to Italy and testing out delicious new recipes in the kitchen. Artist crit John Stanko is excited by what he sees… “Luisa has an excellent sense of anatomy, composition and colour theory, but what makes her art stand…

1 min.
digital art revolution!

The days of digital art being monopolised by two software behemoths are long gone. Illustrators with tech know-how have started influencing – and in some cases producing – innovative creative software, with artists as their primary focus. The result is a wealth of idiosyncratic yet powerful platforms, each one meeting the various needs of the modern digital artist. Whether you want to go down the route of mimicking natural media (playing with paint in globs, and mixing it impasto on your screen), experimenting with digitised tools and brushes, or digitising your comic art just like a professional, there’s a Photoshop and Painter alternative out there that shouldn’t break the bank… and may even add to it! Here’s our selection of inventive, inspiring, and often eye-opening art software that we think you’ll benefit…

2 min.
procreate

For those who haven’t tried this art app, you’re in for a treat! This may be an iPadonly product, but there’s really nothing diminutive about it other than the asking price. And with the latest version, the app just got a lot more powerful. First of all, there’s the interface. It took the team behind Procreate a year and a half of design work to arrive at what you see when you fire it up, and it was time well spent. A set of powerful multi-touch gestures drive common tasks, making the creative process unlike anything else. The two-fingertap to Undo is a good example. The developers designed this gesture so artists don’t need to travel to a button or use a key command – instead, they just tap the screen…

2 min.
rebelle

Rebelle is all about getting your hands dirty – or at least feeling like you have. Think Corel Painter at a snip of the price, and you’re close to understanding Escape Motions’s ambitions with its flagship software. “I love how the program encourages experimentation on the canvas,” says artist Martin Hanschild. “I’ll randomly paint spots, shapes and lines on the wet canvas, to see how colours flow across the screen, and then find interesting structures and shapes to change into characters or landscapes.” His job is made easier with Rebelle’s tools. The Blow tool brings a breath of inspiration to your work – literally, as you can manipulate your watercolour marks as if blowing on the paper. The Tilt control enables you to make the wet media run and drip, or you can…

2 min.
black ink

Black Ink’s publisher Bleank is honest with its aim. This isn’t art software trying to mimic traditional media. It’s digital embracing the nature of digital. “The thing that I like most about Black Ink is how unpredictable the brushes are,” explains Tony Foti. “There are times when I need to design things with more of a random feel, and it can be difficult to not create something that doesn’t look like a group of shapes. The chaotic nature of some of Black Ink’s more animated brushes keeps you on your toes.” Black Ink isn’t the best software if you want to paint representational art, and currently layers are limited to just eight. But if you respond well to experimental mark-making, there’s plenty here for the interested artist. Bleank had the mobile phone user in…