Lay­ing the foun­da­tions

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I’m one of your avid sub­scribers and love to read your mag­a­zine. It’s a trea­sure trove of great in­for­ma­tion on the very dif­fi­cult sub­ject mat­ter of draw­ing and paint­ing. I re­ally ap­plaud your team for work­ing so hard to bring this knowl­edge to all artists. That said, I have a sug­ges­tion for a tu­to­rial: build­ings and ar­chi­tec­ture de­sign.

Though you fo­cus pri­mar­ily on fan­tasy char­ac­ter de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture plays a very im­por­tant part in sell­ing the whole im­age as well. It’s very hard to find good tu­to­ri­als on the ba­sics of de­sign­ing build­ings. If a client wants dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­ture for dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments, how would an in­ex­pe­ri­enced artist know where to start?

I find many fel­low artists want­ing ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about this area, as I find it’s quite of­ten over­looked. It would be great to pro­mote land­scape de­sign­ing in your mag­a­zine, mak­ing more artists feel less daunted by the prospect of things such as per­spec­tive, as well as sim­ple land­scape and build­ing de­sign.

I think a good start­ing point would be a tu­to­rial on how to sketch build­ings as sim­ple shapes. Sketch­ing takes away the pres­sure of mak­ing per­fect art­work from the be­gin­ning, let­ting the artist wield their imag­i­na­tion first in­stead. Your mag­a­zine has a very wide ar­ray of tal­ented artists, which is why I be­lieve it could be done.

Thanks again for a great mag­a­zine, keep paint­ing. Stéphanie, via email Claire replies Great idea Stéphanie! Thanks for your kind words on our mag­a­zine – we try our best. Look out for a work­shop on draw­ing build­ings in an up­com­ing edi­tion of Imag­ineFX. Also, read­ers, if you want to see some­thing fea­tured, a topic you feel we haven’t cov­ered enough per­haps, do let us know.

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