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ImagineFX January 2021

ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus galleries and interviews, community news and product reviews. ***Please note: From September 2012 onwards our digital version feature links to download video tutorials and Q&A workshop resource files. Issues prior to September 2012 do not feature this additional content.***

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NO.1 FOR DIGITAL ARTISTS Imagine FX Greetings and welcome to our video games edition. Even if you’re not a huge video game player, it’s clear that the artists working in this industry produce some of the finest art concepts around. And talking of fine – and action-packed! – art, I’d like to give a massive thanks to CD PROJEKT RED’s Olgierd Ciszak for working with us on the cover and also providing a workshop. It’s an honour to have V from Cyberpunk 2077 on our front page. Another treat for you is our interview with Jennifer Wuestling. She’s a senior illustrator at Riot Games and almost every word of her interview is brimming with gold-standard advice about working in the games industry. Turn to page 38. Our workshop section is a feast…

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Visit http://ifxm.ag/game195art to download this issue’s workshop videos and custom brushes WORKSHOP VIDEOS Capture a story in a single piece of art See how Lixin Yin applies the art fundamentals – lighting, colour and composition – with an original concept design to bring his grungy market scene to life. His workshop is on page 74. Use shapes to create environment concept art Watch Lynn Hye Ryoung Yang paint a vista with strong silhouettes. There’s more on page 64. PLUS THESE CUSTOM BRUSHES… PEN02 Changqin Wang uses this brush to create natural-looking ink effects, as well as special effects. BLUR’S GOOD BRUSH 4.0 PRO One of Olgierd Ciszak’s go-to brushes – ideal for painting rough textures and soft tonal transitions. B TEXTURE21 One of three custom texture brushes that Lixin Yin uses to paint materials in his sci-fi concept art.…

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daniel dana

LOCATION: US MEDIA: Photoshop, Procreate, Blender WEB: www.artstation.com/daniel_dana_art “I draw a lot of inspiration from sci-fi, fantasy and horror, because those genres allow for so much beautiful escapism,” says Daniel, a self-taught artist looking to break into the entertainment industry. 1 CLOUD CITY “I used 3D and a more dynamic perspective for this piece to reimagine an environment I made when I was first learning Procreate.” 2 RGB PIT STOP “My entry for the Game Day Kitbash3D contest. The task was to create a scene using models from its free Neo City Mini Kit.” 3 ON WATCH “Inspired by the breathtaking concept art of The Last of Us Part 2. I wanted to practice my own version of a post-apocalyptic environment.” FX Posé Congratulations Daniel, our Artist of the Month who receives a copy of Corel Painter 2021, together…

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michael nicholson

LOCATION: Scotland MEDIA: Photoshop, ZBrush, Maya, Marmoset Toolbag, Substance Painter WEB: www.artstation.com/mnicholson_arts Stylised artwork factors large in Michael’s work. His portfolio is filled with characters made from his own concepts, and he usually gets inspired by the daydreams he has while walking his dog. 1 DRAGON SMITH “I liked the idea of a dragon smith using his tail to turn the blade, enabling him to hammer away.” 2 SQUARE UP “Done for the Artwar challenge. I created a martial artist who makes use of molten rock to make himself even more dangerous.” 3 DJINN “I love doing characters with horns and wanted to do a djinn warrior wielding a magical weapon.” 4 WANDERER “This is a free-spirited adventurer based on a monk character I played in a D&D game with friends.”…

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jyldyz bekova

LOCATION: Kyrgyzstan MEDIA: Procreate, Photoshop WEB: www.jyldyzbekova.com Jyldyz has a wide-ranging education, with a degree in decorative and applied arts from Kyrgyz State Art School, and another in the design of architectural environment from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. 1 SYNERGY “All information is transmitted to a person at birth. Without old age there’s no youth and vice versa.” 2 TOTEM “Man is a part of nature, its child. As a true mother, she protects us, but we’ve moved away from her and don’t hear her voice. Yet she still waits for us.” 3 THE QUEEN OF TIME “The Queen of Time is the keeper of events, destinies and lives. Her horse is a faithful helper in moving between spaces.” 4 OLUYA “In the Kyrgyz language, oluya means the seer. There are many seers among our people, even among my…