Choose your work­flow

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

There are many ways to start gen­er­at­ing ideas. I like to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent tech­niques and medi­ums. You can paint di­rectly in Pho­to­shop or start on pa­per with pen­cil, an ink pen or even wa­ter­colour. Each tool has its own per­son­al­ity, and chances are that their dif­fer­ences will help you cre­ate some­thing new. Here I use Pho­to­shop’s Smudge tool to sketch out my de­sign.

De­sign on the fly

For this work­shop I’m start­ing from a 3D im­age that I made in Modo. The pur­pose of this start­ing plate is to give me colours and val­ues to play with from the be­gin­ning. The de­tails don’t mat­ter be­cause they’ll be de­stroyed with the Smudge tool, so to get started you can use ran­dom brush­strokes, a photo or even an ear­lier paint­ing of yours.

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