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ImagineFX September 2019

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…

Do you like the two cheeky stars on the cover? Wait, not those ones, I mean the circus performer and the horse… Aleksey Baydakov’s art really makes me smile. His cover art has an abundance of attitude and charm, and I think it’s the perfect introduction to the rest of this gloriously packed character design edition. Top marks goes to Serge Birault who put together a character art tips feature (page 74) with a twist: he takes a wry look at what it’s like creating art while working for clients. If you’re producing art for someone else’s vision, or would like to know what it’s like, I recommend taking a look at what Serge has to say. Also inside, there’s a sketchbook from Vinod Rams – I love his work! – and…

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Getting hold of this issue’s videos and custom brushes is quick and easy. Just visit our dedicated web page at https://ifxm.ag/character177design COVER WORKSHOP OVER 3 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from! GET YOUR RESOURCES You're three steps away from this issue's resource file… 1 Go to the website Type this into your browser’s address bar (not the search bar): https://ifxm.ag/character177design 2 Find the files you want Search through the list of resources to download. 3 Download what you need… Download the files or watch them via a bespoke YouTube link. How to render colour in Photoshop In his video you can see how Aleksey Baydakov steadily builds up colour on his circus duo, using selection techniques and textures, while keeping layers to a minimum. Turn to page 60 for more. WORKSHOPS Sculpt and light a model for the…

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fxposé

Torben Weit LOCATION: Germany MEDIA: Cinema 4D, Photoshop WEB: www.instagram.com/torbenweit Torben worked as a 3D artist in advertising for over six years, before leaving to pursue his love of illustration. His art combines 2D and 3D techniques. 1 CARGO “This painting went through several iterations. In my first version, the elephants were knights on horses, but I felt it would be better to explore another direction.” 2 PARTED “My main focus with this painting was on strong emotions and storytelling.” 3 WANDERING “Storytelling is always a fun art activity to do. I enjoyed creating subtle clues to what had happened in this world.” 4 GUARDIAN “I decided to keep a lot of the underlying 3D rendered image to give this clean look in the end, but there was still a lot of overpaint and editing involved.” Laura H Rubin LOCATION: Switzerland MEDIA: Procreate, Photoshop WEB: www.laurahrubin.com “I…

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the artist’s guide to using reference

Twitter can be a great place for artists to interact, but sometimes it can spread some odd ideas. For example, recently the hashtag #ArtistConfessions took off, and one of the most popular confessions artists shared was “using references”. Which is bizarre, because as British illustrator and caricaturist Neil Davies pointed out, that’s exactly what artists should be doing. “That’s not something that needs to be confessed, we all use reference!” he tweeted. “Look at probably the most famous American illustrator, Norman Rockwell: I have a book just of his reference photos! Or Drew Struzan: he didn’t make up poses, he took photos of himself!” So where has this idea – that using references is bad – come from? “There’s a kind of purist mindset on certain parts of the internet that says…

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suzanne helmigh

What would you say to an artist who thinks using references is “cheating”? Is it cheating for a doctor to learn what’s inside a body by actually looking inside a corpse? Textbased knowledge can only get us so far. We need as much real-life reference as we can to properly understand how things work. Working with reference doesn’t mean you’ll copy what you see. It’s about learning to understand what you see, and alter it where needed. Using multiple references is often the most beneficial. When and why did you start using references in your work? After getting through a rather stubborn phase on my learning curve, I started looking more and more at reference, both from photographs, and actual props and fabrics. As I went to work for bigger game studios, my…