MAS­TER OF COLOR DODGE

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Artist Portfolio Ross Tran -

Ross on the Pho­to­shop tool that his fans know has be­come his sig­na­ture tech­nique “I re­ally didn’t even know it was go­ing to be a thing of mine. It’s part of my process in al­most ev­ery paint­ing, so my first YouTube video in­cluded that step.

“I got so ex­cited in the video that ev­ery­one started to say it! Color Dodge makes my paint­ing colour­ful, vi­brant and full of light. You can see here: it can add a lot of story and bring your piece to life.”

The blend­ing mode adds a depth and glow to colours. Ross used to feel such tech­niques were cheat­ing. Now he re­alises artists must em­brace the tools that help them best tell a story. “It doesn’t mat­ter. You can learn from any­thing, any method, any­where. Have an open mind. I wish some­one had told me that when I was start­ing out.”

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