Fea­ture: Paint like the mas­ters

El­e­vate your art­work to the next level with these mas­ter­ful tips and tricks

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Learn to use the tech­niques of the great mas­ters of art with Pho­to­shop

Some artists be­lieve noth­ing is truly ever go­ing to be new; we’re all just des­tined to cre­ate the same art­work, over and over again, spin­ning around in a cre­ative ham­ster

wheel. And it is true that some­times it can be dif­fi­cult to cre­ate some­thing that feels truly orig­i­nal, but it can’t be de­nied that in­spi­ra­tion of­ten comes from the artis­tic greats.

Dig­i­tal artists might well be­lieve they’re the trend­set­ters and trail­blaz­ers of the new mil­len­nium, cre­at­ing brand-new art and brand new styles for artists of the fu­ture to learn from. Ei­ther way, all artists owe some­thing to those who came be­fore them. If it wasn’t for Pi­casso and Dalí, who knows how sur­re­al­ism would look? And if it wasn’t for Van Gogh and Monet, per­haps colour and tone in paint­ing would be wildly dif­fer­ent?

The fact is that cer­tain artists de­fine styles. While it’s im­por­tant to have your own style as an artist, there’s so much that can be learned from em­u­lat­ing the styles of oth­ers, too. It’s sim­i­lar to how JK Rowl­ing was in­spired by clas­sic fan­tasy nov­el­ists as she wrote Harry Pot­ter.

Over the next few pages, we ex­am­ine the stylis­tic traits of some of the most in­flu­en­tial artists ever to have lived, and re­veal how you can try out their style in your own work us­ing Pho­to­shop. Who knows, you might de­velop a whole new look as a re­sult!

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