Give Har­ley Quinn a re­al­is­tic look

Learn how to use re­al­ism to em­pha­sise a comic vil­lain’s naughty side, with Ad­mira Wi­jaya’s de­li­cious take on the Bat­man ad­ver­sary

ImagineFX - - Issue 137 August 2016 -

Ad­mira Wi­jaya paints the Joker’s un­hinged side­kick.

To me, the ap­peal of paint­ing dig­i­tally is sim­ple. Un­like tra­di­tional me­dia, I can cre­ate a piece of art with­out wait­ing for the paint to dry.

In my early days of work­ing dig­i­tally, I had plenty of fun try­ing to get to grips with the soft­ware and while I ex­plored more about dig­i­tal me­dia, it was also in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing. I also worked on tra­di­tional me­dia, which made it eas­ier for me to un­der­stand what to do with dig­i­tal art soft­ware. I’m still try­ing to im­prove my­self and es­pe­cially ways to get my illustration done in the fastest way – by ap­ply­ing dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal meth­ods, and by ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent lay­ers and ef­fects.

I’ve learned a lot from on­line tu­to­ri­als and got some tips from mag­a­zines, which makes me more cu­ri­ous to prac­tise with new tech­niques. Many of these tu­to­ri­als are from ImagineFX, which al­ways has plenty of work­shops and beau­ti­ful art­work from great artists from all around the world, and it makes me so in­spired.

Mis­takes will al­ways hap­pen along the way, but I en­joy the process. Some­times the com­puter crashes while I’m pro­duc­ing art­work, be­cause the mem­ory is over ca­pac­ity. That can be painful, but it works out in the end when a client is sat­is­fied with the re­sult and I get paid enough to buy a new com­puter!

So don’t be scared to make mis­takes and pre­pare to go through some artis­tic pain. It will ease in time, and then you can look back at what you’ve been through… and smile. En­joy the jour­ney.

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