Laying the foundations
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.