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ImagineFX May 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

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welcome to… no. 1 for digital artists imaginefx

Enjoying your poster? It’s great isn’t it? We were thrilled to work with LightBox Expo to give you an extra gift this month. I hope you love Claire Wendling’s official LightBox art. Will you be in Pasadena, California, for LightBox in September? Hopefully I’ll see you there. Talking of events, can I say a massive thank you to those who attended Vertex 2020, our event in London for 2D and 3D artists. We were overjoyed with how the day went and hope you were, too. If I met you there, don’t forget to submit your work (see page 10 for the web link that tells you all the info you need to submit your work). Thanks again to Karla Ortiz, Goro Fujita, Even Mehl Amundsen, Lois Van Baarle and many more…

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no. 1 for digital artists imaginefx resources

WORKSHOP VIDEOS OVER 2 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from! Paint stunning character art for animation Watch how Amanda MacFarlane creates a mermaid and her laid-back companion using Procreate, ready for an animated project. Turn to page 68 to read more about her process. Learn how to photobash a futuristic street scene See how David Paget uses photos of city streets to create concept art. More on page 88. Tell a story by taking a trip down the rabbit hole Watch Karla RodrÍguez use watercolours for her Alice in Wonderland art. See page 100. PLUS 4 CUSTOM BRUSHES, INCLUDING… SOFT ROUND 300 PIXELS David Paget sets this default Photoshop brush to a low Opacity when painting atmosphere. HARD SOFT EDGED David reveals that this brush has duel uses: for painting solid areas of details, and for…

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Carolane Bruneau LOCATION: Canada MEDIA: Photoshop, Procreate, Blender, ZBrush WEB: www.artstation.com/carolanebruneau Carolane works in the games industry as a concept artist. “I have a passion for design and I love to use different mediums,” she says. “My favourite part is the exploration I get to do when I create a concept piece.” 1 THE WITCH “I like to create characters in relation to the home-brewed beer I craft. This one was for the label of a pumpkin spice amber ale.” 2 HUNTER “This was the first time I did a complete character in ZBrush to paint over. He’s an alien fish hunter who hails from a distant universe.” 3 THE MEDIC “I’ve been doing a series of near-future designs, all themed around the medical field. I ended this series with the medic himself.” 4 THE WINTER ORC KING “I used…

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how artists deal with illness

“My condition tends to express itself when I’m under a lot of stress, so all-nighters are out of bounds” There’s no sugar-coating it: illness sucks, and can dramatically affect your ability to create art. But it doesn’t always make it impossible. Devin Kurtz, aka TamberElla, works as an illustrator and background painter at animation production studio Rough Draft in California, despite suffering from a chronic illness called CVS (cyclic vomiting syndrome) since she was six. “Luckily, I’ve improved a lot over the past five years,” she says. “I hit a low point around 17, and have since prioritised sleep, healthy food and listening to my body. I have good medication, a good specialist and know when I need to get to hospital, so some of the fear element is gone.” Making art remains…

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coping with illness

1 Self-care Put your health above all else, even if that means stepping away from your art. “All humans need to actively engage in self-care, but for those of us with an illness, that need presents itself glaringly and the cost of ignoring it is often devastating,” says Devin Kurtz. 2 Build in breaks If you’re suffering from poor mental health, it’s vital to build some space into your schedule, says Toby Allen. “Taking breaks where possible and allowing yourself time to decompress and not think about art can be beneficial,” he says. “An artistic career, especially freelance, can be a lonely thing, so gathering a support network of friends and fellow artists can counter this.” 3 Seek support “It’s easy to get discouraged in the face of illness and that’s where the support of…