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ImagineFX December 2017

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.***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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welcome to…

How are you all this month? Me? Well, after a hectic few months at home and at work, I really took in Pascal Campion’s insight in his interview. Not only is he a great artist, but I thought his opinion on work was a refreshing take on how to balance working and living.It’s especially hard for creatives, because our passion for work can cloud our judgement. We all feel pressure to keep giving more and more, but is it sustainable? We seem to be working longer hours and this can lead to feeling detached from our friends and loved ones. If this resonates with you, then read Pascal’s interview on page 42 – then take time to see what you can do to help your situation.Finally, why not submit your…

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Cover art videoPaint animated character artListen as Randy Bishop explains the thinking behind his fun cover art. Then read his workshop on page 66.Get your resourcesYou’re three steps away from this issue’s resource files…1 Go to the websiteType this into your browser’s address bar (not the search bar): http://ifxm.ag/animation154art2 Find the files you wantSearch through the list of resources to watch or download.3 Download what you needYou can download all of the files at once, or individually.OVER 2 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from! ■…

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plus more video tuition!

WORKSHOP VIDEOSIllustrate a flooded forestBoost your visual development skills by watching Craig Elliott’s workshop video, then turn to page 74 for more details.A sci-fi environment in oilsWatch how Bryan Mark Taylor depicts an epic sci-fi environment in oils. Take a closer look at this process by turning to page 106.Q&A VIDEOSCreate cartoon-like 3D hairSee how Owen Simons from Sun & Moon Studios builds up a mop of hair on page 35.It’s a drop in the ocean…On page 39, Sun & Moon’s Dan Keeble recreates the physics of bubbles in water.TRAININGFlower Painting in the WildJames Gurney captures the details of flowers. See page 97 for our review of his video.11 CUSTOM BRUSHES, INCLUDING…RAIN 025Pascal Campion uses this to paint – you’ve guessed it – precipitation!BLENDERIdeal for depicting highlights and shadows, says…

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Findara McAvincheyLOCATION: Ireland MEDIA : Photoshop, 3ds Max WEB: www.artstation.com/artist/finndoctorFindara was introduced to concept art when playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow while at university, and proceeded to drop out in order to pursue a career as a freelance concept artist.1 DRAGON HUNTERS“For this image I wanted to create the sense of a fast-paced chase taking place by using a dynamic angle. The bleakness of the wooded landscape helps to push the focal points forward.”2 SKELLIG GIANT“This was inspired by the scale and ruggedness of the Cliffs of Moher. I find a dramatic sky can be extremely effective in trying to heighten the mood of a painting.”3 FROZEN FORTRESS IN THE MOUNTAINS“I did this piece as part of an online course in environment design. I used a 3D base created in…

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are you in an art bubble?

Xuna was created as a cover option for a special subscriber issue of PC Gamer’s Neverwinter cover by Carmen Sinek.There’s been a lot of talk about filter bubbles and echo chambers of late. If you were surprised by Brexit, or the US presidential elections, then you’ll know first-hand the limiting effects of being surrounded by those who share the same views as you.The internet promised to democratise information and create a global village, and yet many have never felt more trapped. But our filter bubbles don’t just apply to politics, or online: anybody can become stuck in an echo chamber – and that includes artists.“It’s a problem that impacts artists with different severity,” says concept artist and illustrator Carmen Sinek. “Some people know what they like and are happy doing…

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carmen sinek

How real is the problem of artists working in bubbles?I see it happening often. Never exploring art outside your bubble can leave you artistically drained and stagnating. I realised I’d become trapped in an art bubble while trying to figure out where I had lost the ‘fun’ in art. I’d been trying to work for certain clients for years, and after finally getting those jobs, I found myself uncertain of where to go next.How did you break out of it?I asked friends for their favourite stylised artists. I started going to museums, and paying attention to how I felt while looking at art: what resonated with me and what made me want to see more? I began doing studies of work that was different from mine, and then tried to…