Feature: Paint like the masters
Elevate your artwork to the next level with these masterful tips and tricks
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!