Start­ing out in dig­i­tal

ImagineFX - - Letters -

I want to start by say­ing that I love Imag­ineFX. The mag­a­zine is such a source of in­spi­ra­tion. I like see­ing all the dif­fer­ent style of im­agery and ex­plor­ing the work of new artists. I es­pe­cially love por­ing over the reg­u­lar Sketch­book sec­tion.

I’m writ­ing to you to ask for two things to ap­pear in fu­ture is­sues. So far I’ve worked pre­dom­i­nantly with tra­di­tional me­dia. I’d re­ally like to get into dig­i­tal art be­cause I’m so in­spired by what I see in your mag­a­zine, but I’m find­ing it hard to know where to start.

I won­der that per­haps in a fu­ture is­sue you could take the time to pro­duce an ar­ti­cle that fo­cuses on which dig­i­tal art re­sources would be good for an ab­so­lute be­gin­ner.

Fur­ther­more, I find land­scapes and na­ture very dif­fi­cult to draw and paint be­cause they’re so chaotic. I would love an is­sue that fo­cuses on how to sim­plify na­ture so that it looks re­al­is­tic when painted. I find es­pe­cially veg­e­ta­tion (for ex­am­ple, piles of leaves, grass, moun­tains seen from afar that are cov­ered with trees) very dif­fi­cult to por­tray, es­pe­cially in black and white be­cause the colour isn’t there to help sep­a­rate them out. Ioanna Pa­padopoulou, via email

Claire replies Hello Ioanna, we have pre­vi­ously fea­tured ar­ti­cles on the var­i­ous dig­i­tal art soft­ware to try if you’re a be­gin­ner. The an­swer can be so var­ied: it can de­pend on what hard­ware you have, your bud­get, or even what you want the soft­ware to help you achieve.

From time to time we also pro­vide a se­ries of Core Skill ar­ti­cles, which takes a piece of soft­ware and over the course of a num­ber of is­sues takes a tool or tech­nique and ex­plains how it works. And yes to en­vi­ron­ment work­shops – I have a few of these planned in for later edi­tions. Stay tuned.

In a pre­vi­ous edi­tion Donglu Yu painted a fan­tasy for­est – there are more en­vi­ron­ment work­shops in the pipe­line.

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