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ImagineFX January 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…

“Aim for the magic,” says illustrator Nick Harris when discussing what artists need to do when creating for children’s books. I thought it was a pretty great way to describe what we all strive for – making something special. See page 18 for more advice on getting into children’s book illustration. It’s an excellent read.We certainly aim for the magic each and every issue of ImagineFX and I hope that we’ve delivered it this time around. From Tommy Arnold’s striking cover art, to Marc Simonetti’s breathtaking gallery of work in his interview on page 38, or Jon Foster’s guide to creating punchy compositions (page 74), we’ve certainly given it our best shot. There’s tons of information and inspiration in this issue, so dive on in!Oh, and if you’re on Instagram,…

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OVER 5 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from!WORKSHOP VIDEOSAdd drama to your book art Capturing the viewer is key to bookcover art and Tommy Arnold shows how to make potential readers linger.GET YOUR RESOURCESYou’re three steps away from this issue’s resource files…1Go to the websiteType this into your browser’saddress bar (not the search bar):http://ifxm.ag/page143turner2Find the files you wantSearch through the list ofresources to watch or download.3Download what you needYou can download all of thefiles at once, or individually. ■…

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exclusive video tuition!

Borislav MitkovUnderstand the basics of Corel Painter 2017, the latest version of the natural media artsoftware, as you sail the High Seas and paint a characterful pirate portrait.Plus WIP s, brushes and final imageMichael ManomivibulDiscover how to paint character art withmaximum impact using limited colours.Plus WIP s and final imageSuzanne HelmighLearn how to use bounce light to helpemphasise body language and mood.Plus WIP s, brushes and final imageQ&A VIDEOSKelley McMorrisThink about contrasting with thebackground, to make runes glow.Plus WIP s and final imageTRAININGTor FrickSee the 3D artist’s lean, mean methodfor modelling props in the CGI program,in his Creating a Gun in Modo video.AND ALL THIS! Detailed workshops packed with advice from pro artists from around the world, including Peter Chan, Mélanie Delon, Tony Foti, Cory Godbey, Jon Foster, Brynn Metheney,…

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Luisa PreißlerLOCATION:GermanyWEB:www.luisapreissler.deEMAIL:info@luisapreissler.deMEDIA:PhotoshopFreelance 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.1 SEA CIRCUS“This was done for Jon Schindehette’s ArtOrder challenge, the task being to create a water-themed wraparound cover for a magazine. It only placed second but I still love…

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break into children’s illustration

ARTIST NEWS, SOFTWARE&EVENTSImagine NationAT THE CORE OF THE DIGITAL ART COMMUNITY Magical lands, swashbuckling adventures,tall tales conjured with wonderfulbreaches of logic… the lure of children’sbook illustration is clear. Who wouldn’twant to spend their days crafting stories ofcourage, loyalty and bravery?Children’s book publishing is booming. In the UK, the market grew more than seven per cent in the first quarter of 2016, according to Nielsen Books, following a 5.1 per cent growth in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it’s competitive, and for many artists a tough field to crack. Even Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Seuss Geisel was rejected by over 30 publishers before releasing his first book. So what does it take to make it in the wild world of children’s book illustration?For author and illustrator Jonny Duddle, the first key attribute is an…

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industry insight

What does it take to make a living in children’s books?You have to be open to a diverse range of clients. Most illustrators work in book publishing, educational publishing, magazines, advertising and sometimes games, film or television. Many also do school workshops, library visits, book festivals, lecturing and other public speaking about their work.What’s the most surprising part of the industry?When my first book, The Pirate Cruncher, was published, the biggest shock for me was having to read my book to children. All authors do it, and the first time you have to stand up in front of a couple of hundred children and read your book – in a silly pirate voice – is frankly terrifying.How daunting was it to paint the new Harry Potter covers?Very. I originally tried…