THE BEAUTY OF BLACK & WHITE

10 artists who will change the way you paint

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Front Page -

Welcome to my third ImagineFX cover and work­shop! It feels a lit­tle crazy to write that. I was pretty taken aback at be­ing com­mis­sioned again, but when the ImagineFX team told me they saw my Fool’s Gold im­age and wanted to cre­ate a cover inspired by it, how could I re­sist?

As you can tell from the cover, this work­shop is all about the power of paint­ing in black in white. There’s some­thing very raw and highly en­joy­able about fore­go­ing colour and em­brac­ing black and white. Ad­mit­tedly, there’s a splash or two of gold in there, but the ma­jor­ity of the paint­ing is monochrome. I’m start­ing with a fairly open brief to be­gin with, but grad­u­ally we set­tle on a pow­er­ful, winged, il­lu­mi­nated fig­ure.

There’s a plethora of in­spi­ra­tions avail­able for black and white art lovers, but I’m par­tic­u­larly inspired by artists such as Brad Kun­kle, Yoann Los­sel and Re­becca Yanovskaya. All of their art is gor­geous and each of them has an in­ter­est­ing take on monochrome pal­ettes of­ten com­ple­mented by splashes of me­tal­lic gold. That colour pal­ette never fails to look gor­geous. I think if you’re re­ally inspired by a colour pal­ette, no one owns it and you should al­ways feel free to try out your take on it!

I had lots of fun paint­ing the cover, so I hope that what­ever in­sights I can share in this work­shop are help­ful, and in­spire you to crack out the dig­i­tal paint­brush!

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