Dis­cover how to cre­ate fu­tur­is­tic fig­ures and craft!

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y work­shop will re­veal how to take a sketch and turn it into a pol­ished il­lus­tra­tion, cre­at­ing a piece of art with plenty of im­pact. When I’m work­ing on an il­lus­tra­tion I try to check my progress after each step, be­cause by the end of the paint­ing process it’s dif­fi­cult to ad­just the art­work if there are prob­lems with a character’s anatomy or the com­po­si­tion.

For this paint­ing I’ll put a lot of time and ef­fort into get­ting her face just right. It’s the fo­cal point of the piece and the

Mviewer will no­tice this first, be­fore mov­ing on to the rest of the scene. I know this is go­ing to be a sci-fi piece, but I don’t want to de­pict ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and cloth­ing. To­day’s drone tech­nol­ogy means hov­er­boards are just around the cor­ner!

My ap­proach to­wards colour is usu­ally to use one or two sat­u­rated colours, but in this case I added many more to con­vey a bright, pos­i­tive mood. This im­age is go­ing to be used on the cover, and such a range of colours might ham­per its read­abil­ity, but I think the Imag­ineFX art ed­i­tor will be able to bal­ance things out through the use of con­trast and sat­u­ra­tion.

When start­ing any paint­ing I think it’s im­por­tant to take the long view, and avoid get­ting bogged down in de­tails early on. This will en­sure your artis­tic vi­sion stays true as it de­vel­ops on the can­vas. In­deed, I want to take a sim­ple ap­proach to this paint­ing as a whole, us­ing colours to gen­er­ate the over­all feel­ing of con­fi­dence, rather than em­ploy­ing spe­cific sto­ry­telling de­vices. In essence, I want colours to bol­ster my shapes.

“I want to use colours to gen­er­ate the over­all feel­ing of con­fi­dence”

Fred Augis

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