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ImagineFX October 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.***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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welcome to… no.1 for digital artists imaginefx

Ah, animation. It’s always a rip-roaring edition when we feature this theme. I just can’t fail to be energised by this buoyant and colourful medium. In this issue, there are so many amazing teachers and so much advice and inspiration… it’s going to blow your minds!Please remember though, that all this advice won’t be of any use to you – yes you! – if you don’t act on your ideas after reading this magazine. Make sure you engage with what these artists are saying, get out there and try some of the ideas yourself. An idea will only come alive when you make it happen by picking up a pencil, paintbrush or stylus.Another way to remind yourself to create art is to sign up for our weekly art newsletter! It’ll…

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editor’s choice

Inspiration at every turnFrom TV programmes to advertising, find out what gets Louie del Carmen inspired to paint.Take it back to the startEx-ImagineFX.com forum member Nick Kennedy provides fantastic insight into creating backgrounds.This’ll get you picking up a pencil!The super-talented and super-enthusiastic Tim Von Rueden shares his top sketching tips. ■…

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COVER WORKSHOPOVER 5 HOURS of video tutorials from pro artists to watch and learn from!Watch how to render characters from a greyscale foundationIn David Ardinaryas Lojaya’s two-hour video he reveals the rendering secrets that he used to create this month’s fun-packed cover art. There’s more pro advice in his workshop on page 58.WORKSHOPPaint a detailed backgroundSee how Nick Kennedy paints a detailed setting that pulls in the viewer, through his use of light and colour. His workshop’s on page 64.Step up your pose game!Bader Badruddin wastes no time as he puts a cartoon character into a series of energetic poses, using Maya. More on page 72.PLUS! Clip from Goro Fujita’s training video, Taking a Break5 CUSTOM BRUSHES, INCLUDING…DAVID’S SCATTERING BRUSHThis brush enables David Ardinaryas Lojaya to create colour variation and…

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Winson TsuiLOCATION: Canada MEDIA: openCanvas, Photoshop WEB: www.quirkilicious.artFreelance illustrator Winson’s interests range from video games and cartoons to anime. His art tends to feature lots of movement and a strong narrative.1 THE LAST AIRBENDER“As a creator, Avatar was inspiring for me because it was the first animated series to successfully appropriate a Japanese animation style into a western cartoon.”2 DEITY“Here’s an original character that I redesign every couple of years. Deity is a half angel/demon being that I came up with during high school. The idea isn’t too interesting, but I feel each iteration illustrates my growth as an artist.”3 ALLIANCE AND HORDE“World of Warcraft was a huge part of my life in my teens, and I wanted to pay homage to that. I also pulled some characters from Heroes…

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how to get the most out of conventions

Conventions have gained momentum over recent years and come into their own. Take San Diego Comic-Con, whose attendance rate has almost doubled over the past 15 years to rival the numbers of people going to mainstream music festivals.If this is good news for convention organisers, it’s even better news for artists. Not only do they have more people to network with and sell to, they also get to increasingly feel like they’re part of a community. A sensation that all too often can seem out of reach.Glen Southern attended conventions for fun before realising their career potential. “Going as a presenter or exhibitor can help grow your following and lead to some amazing friendships.”“Making comics can be a very solitary existence,” says convention veteran, illustrator and NC Comicon co-owner Tommy…

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matt dixon

What groundwork should traders do?Visit at least one convention, ideally the one where they’d like to exhibit. This is an opportunity to see how other traders set up their tables, get an idea of the sort of customers who visit, how busy the event is, and to chat with traders and visitors to get their advice and opinions on the event.When is an artist ready to host a stand?A consistent presentation is more attractive and easier for visitors to understand and identify with you, than a sales table with a variety of different styles and subjects. If you’re still finding your style, it’s probably better to wait before taking the plunge.Any preparation advice?Practise your table setup at home. At the very least get a tablecloth, bed sheet or a length…