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ImagineFX March 2016

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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welcome... to a special issue

Our special cover for subscribers this issue.I’ve wanted to get David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King on the cover for years – the ImagineFX team has long had a tradition of bunging on the Labyrinth soundtrack when things get crazy around deadline. I mean, how can you feel stressed or peeved when you’re listening to Magic Dance?!Anyway, we commissioned Andreas Bennwik to create a fantasy art poster homage cover (page 66) long before Bowie’s death was announced on 11 January. Many of you will have a soft spot for those 1980s fantasy films – some featured on the cover, even more in the big poster art feature on page 40 – which boasted a magical mix of adventurous storylines, inventive puppetry, stunning set designs and evocative poster art. Bowie’s…

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OVER 3 HOURSof workshop and Q&A videos to watch and learn from!WORKSHOPPaint art on locationJames Gurney heads outdoors and uses casein paint to create a giant robot trampling through suburbiaGET YOUR RESOURCESYou’re three steps away from this issue’s resource files…1 Go to the website Type this into your browser’s address bar (not the search bar): http://ifxm.ag/ifx-bowie2 Find the files you want Search through the list of resources to watch or download.3 Download what you need You can download all of the files at once, or individually. ■…

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exclusive video tuition!

Marcel van VuurenWatch the artist’s top tips for photobashing, and painterly techniques, to create a speeding ground vehicle concept that has a realistic look and feel. Plus WIPs and final imageMark MolnarHow to use the right lighting and level of detail in a flamethrower action scene. Plus WIPs and final imageDave BrasgallaConsider which parts of an image should be familiar, to paint an animal pelt. Plus WIPs and final imageTom FosterLearn to give your comic art a bold colour scheme that will catch the viewer’s eye. Plus WIPs and final imageTRAININGDevon FayThe environment artist shows what it takes to craft a Star Wars-style city scene, in Creating a Sci-Fi Alleyway.Mark MolnarImply what’s about to happen rather than showing it, to create drama in a painting. Plus WIPs and final imageMarcel…

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reader fxposé

Kathryn SteeleLOCATION: USWEB:www.klsteeleart.comEMAIL:klsteeleart@gmail.comMEDIA: Paint Tool SAI, PhotoshopA freelance artist based in America’s Midwest, Kathryn has a master’s degree in media arts and science, and tends to focus on character design and illustration.“I love trying new things in my work,” she says, “and studying other artists to find out what works with my style.” Stories drive Kathryn’s work and she’s inspired by mythology and her favourite artists: Charlie Bowater, Miles Johnston and Jana Schirmer.“To me, the most important thing to designing a great character is to give them purpose,” she says.1 PERSEPHONE “Persephone is Queen of the Underworld. I wanted to figure out what would make Hades become obsessed. The eyes have long been considered the gateway to the soul and it could not be truer. A woman who can make…

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because you’re worth it

“Ninety nine per cent of the time, when someone brings up exposure in any offer, they don’t have any to give you ”It’s common these days, to prove yourself through unpaid work. Sometimes this can mean work experience within a company, other times it can be an unpaid commission or two. It’s important to be able to identify such assignments that are opportunities that can lead to employment, earnings and exposure – and when you’re simply being taken advantage of.When it comes to commissions and unpaid work, 2000 AD artist Tom Foster says, “There are three questions you should always ask yourself: who’s asking, for how much, and why? The ‘who’ is important because that tells you how much exposure, if any, you’re going to get and of what kind.”Full-time…

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lauren paneepinto

Are companies underpaying their freelance artists?Artists don’t know manufacturing costs, price margins, wholesale versus consumer prices, advertising, staffing and so on. All of these factors and more go into what a company’s art budgets are. Of course, I want every artist to make a fair living wage, but they might be surprised to find out that many companies can’t afford to pay it.How can artists decide whether or not a job is worth their time?An artist needs to be aware of the quality of their work and the speed at which they work. From that they should calculate a target hourly rate and know that if they take a job under that rate there had better be a good, non-monetary reason.Would you ever recommend working for free?You should always work…