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ImagineFX January 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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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to…

Phew! This issue has been a pleasure to put together and I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out. I’m always so impressed with the techniques and inspiration each artist has to share with you. While you’re here it’s worth reminding you that you could save a bundle of money by subscribing to ImagineFX. See below right for the latest offers in time for Christmas, or if you’re reading this outside the UK, you’ll be just in time for the January sales! In other news, our sister magazines 3D World and 3D Artist have launched an exciting 3D art event! There’s a teaser over on page 60, or you can visit www.vertexconf.com to get the latest news on the gathering in London next year. Finally, we’ve featured so many amazing artists in our…

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resources

COVER ART VIDEO Over 2 hours of video tutorials f rom pro artists to watch and lear n from! 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): ifxm.ag/colour156light 2 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. Colour and light tools in Photoshop Over on page 62 you’ll get an insight into how cover artist Maria Poliakova approached her gorgeous cover painting, using colour to great effect. Be sure to watch her workshop video, too.…

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fxposé

Kaya Oldaker LOCATION: England MEDIA: Photoshop, ZBrush WEB: ifxm.ag/kaya-o Kaya’s work features absurd, almost surrealist fantasy. “I create a lot of colourful and weird creature designs for the various stories I’m working on,” she says. 1 SIMPLER TIMES “A character from The Increasingly Absurd Endeavours of Gretchen Goosander. He’s called Mumbeltrousse, and he’s a young honey dragon. 2 TALL AND PRETTY A lot of my creature designs are bizarre, fantastical and extravagant. My creative philosophy is the more absurd and colourful, the better.” 3 HOBBLER TROLL “This was the second time that I ever used ZBrush. I combined photo manipulation and digital painting to create a more realistic-looking creature.” 4 WHITE PEAFOX A personal favourite of mine. It incorporates everything I love putting in a drawing, including vibrant, glowing colours and a fantastical creature design.” 1 DRUID I wanted to create a…

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imaginenation

How to give out useful art critiques Part two What’s the best way to helpfully comment on another artist’s work? Tom May asks industry experts for insight and advice Working as a professional artist, you’re often asked to critique other artists’ work. But as we noted in last issue’s article on how to receive a critique, no one likes hearing negative views of their art. So how do you go about it? While diplomacy is key, soft-soaping the truth is not an option, says Sarah Robinson, creative director for Paizo in Seattle, who regularly reviews other artists’ work at conventions. “Hearing the truth is what helps,” she points out. “We all want to get better, and if we’re told that we’re awesome all the time, then there’s no chance of going to the…

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pascal blanché

How do you go about critiquing other artists? I try to understand the process the artist has followed from start to finish and offer suggestions for how to do it better, without being too prescriptive or interfering with their artistic vision. What are the secrets to giving constructive critique? A clear brief before the work starts, with a well-defined goal, and (most of the time) suitable references. And then being as consistent as possible regarding the brief when I give my critiques. The clearer the path, the better the critique will be understood. How do you avoid being purely subjective in your critique? I try to stick with the intention as much as I can. I use references and moodboards, but I also respect the artist’s vision and their interpretation of the subject. If I…

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new british talent breaks through

BAFTA is challenging the idea that it’s ‘who you know not what you know’ when it comes to carving out a creative career with its annual Breakthrough Brits initiative. The scheme, which showcases and supports the most exciting new voices across film, games and television, has singled out ImagineFX contributor Anna Hollinrake among others as a worthy recipient. “I feel both honoured and baffled!” says Anna, a games artist at Climax Studios in Portsmouth. “Making art can be a fundamentally solitary experience at times, and even when working in a studio it doesn’t always feel like anyone else ever really sees it outside of your immediate team. Knowing that a panel of accomplished industry veterans saw and enjoyed my work is wonderfully affirming that I’m headed in the right direction.” As a…