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ImagineFX April 2018

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to…

A question that often gets asked to us at ImagineFX is this: how do artists find their style? Readers have emailed in to ask how they can develop one, while professional artists have written workshops on how they discovered theirs. It’s as if it’s a physical thing that you can look for. Perhaps it might be around the next corner…? I was thinking about this topic while reading through Simon Stålenhag’s interview on page 46. What struck me was how he’d taken mundane objects and events, and turned them into art. He took inspiration from the locale around him while growing up in Sweden – 1970s street lamps that were popular in northern Europe, or the offices he played in front of while he waited for his parents to finish work…

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resources

COVER WORKSHOP OVER 4 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from! Create a mixed-media portrait piece Watch how Wylie Beckert works with pencils and inks to create this moody woodland scene, before taking the art into Photoshop for digital tints and touch-ups. There’s more on page 62. GET YOUR RESOURCES You’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/book159illustration 2 Find the files you want Search through the list of resources to watch or download. 3 Download what you need You can download workshop videos and custom brush files.…

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plus even more pro video tuition!

Capture life on The Road Dave Kendall’s character workshop is on page 70. See how he captures emotions in his video. Make use of photo references Read Suzanne Helmigh’s next-level lighting advice on page 80, and check out her video, too. TRAINING Epic Fantasy Painting in Oils Get a taste of Mike Sass’s instructional video, and read our review over on page 95. PLUS 5 CUSTOM BRUSHES, INCLUDING… TREE_ BRUSH This is one of Armand Baltazar’s core painterly brushes, which he used on his steampunk cyborg. HARD ELLIPTICAL Dave Kendall used this brush to paint the Father and Son character piece. It’s good for details and larger strokes. AWESOME BRUSH Dave tells us that this hexagonal brush is pretty basic, yet is still up to the job for a multiple of tasks. Hence the name!…

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fxposé

Lucas Durham LOCATION: US MEDIA: Photoshop, Illustrator WEB: www.lucasdurham.com Lucas has been working as a speculative artist for the past five years. His work is heavily influenced by his time studying in Florence, Italy and in the SmArt School workshops. 1 BENZAITEN AND THE DRAGON “I once visited Enoshima, an island off the coast of Japan, where there’s a shrine of the goddess Benzaiten. In a Buddhist legend, she tamed a ferocious storm dragon. This is my interpretation of the story.” Dane Goulter LOCATION: Australia MEDIA: Photoshop, Painter, Clip Studio Paint WEB: www.walkingartdesigns.com.au Freelance artist Dane splits his time between graphic design and illustration. One of his ultimate goals is to work on an illustrated publication of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. 1 SLUMS “The character in the foreground was designed to look a little shady. The steam vent…

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how fan art can lead to paying gigs

ARTIST NEWS, SOFTWARE & EVENTS AT THE CORE OF THE DIGITAL ART COMMUNITY “It shows an ability to interpret a character from a text, while being able to bring your own creativity to a project” Think back to some of the first artworks you created. Chances are these images were inspired by a story you enjoyed. Indeed, fan art like this is the first step many ImagineFX readers take on their artistic journey. There’s more to fan art than paying tribute to your favourite characters, though. It’s a chance to show off your strengths as an artist and demonstrate what drives you. If you’re savvy, it can also help lead to paying gigs. “I feel it shows an ability to interpret a design or character from a text, while being able to bring your…

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eva eskelinen

Why is fan art a good thing for artists to indulge in? Fan art can be a motivation to improve the craft. There are lots of areas in art where you have to put the hours in, but with fan art, coming up with your own characters and worlds is less of a priority. Fan art can also help you find friends and peers who enjoy the same things, and community is often an important part of artistic growth. Is fan art suitable for inclusion in a portfolio? I think so, if it demonstrates the skills that are needed for the position. It’s important to clarify that it’s fan art and not official work for a client. If the applicant has made fan art of the IP owned by the company they’re applying…