Hello, it’s good to see you all again, and welcome to the April issue of 2DArtist. All the staff at 3DTotal hope you had a great Easter and that you are all excited about what this issue has in store.
This month’s interview is with an artist that a lot of you may have seen in some of the CG Forums entering competitions and sharing his great artwork with us, Vanja Todoric. Vanja puts a creepy and unique twist on well known fairy tale’s to make some amazing illustrative pieces of artwork. Vanja also tells us how he was inspired by some of the classic 80’s cartoons to start drawing at an early age, and how this got him into a little trouble at school.
Mark Molnar is this month’s sketchbook artist. Mark comes from a traditional art background, so he tells us about making the transition from paint and paper to a Wacom and a monitor. Mark currently works in the entertainment industry on games, movies and animation.
April’s Making Of takes us forward to a time when global warming and the expanding sun has transformed the earth to a planet dominated by giant plants and an ever changing landscape. Our guide to creating this future world is Kenichiro Tomiyasu. Kenichiro talks us through the whole process of creating his image Hot House and shows us his secret to getting the lighting just right. We have further great artwork in our galleries this month, which features work from Mike Corriero, Frank Hong, David Lecossu, Renan Lima and many more.
Ok, so on to the tutorials. April’s issue features a fantastic double bill from the one and only Simon Dominic. Simon is based in the Lake District, and we will all be able to see how his mountainous surroundings have inspired his two tutorials this month. Firstly Simon tackles the Painting monsters tutorial, this month looking at a mountain dwelling monster. Simon’s second tutorial this month is Painting Fantasy Medieval Scenes and this month he is dealing with a classic, the Legend of Excalibur. Simon is very competent in a few pieces of software and shows us how to utilize the best features in each package to create some great artwork.
Chee Ming Wong continues the tour of his steampunk world and in this month’s issue we leave the vehicles behind and walk on foot to experience some of the more Industrial parts of his steam universe. Chee shows us how to add an aged and moss covered effect to make surfaces look old and treats us to not one, not two, but three finished images!
Last but not least, we continue our Painting Futuristic Cities series, this month we look at a futuristic dock, created by Richard Tilbury. Rich shows us how to ensure you maintain the correct perspective and how to use photographs to make your image more photo real.
I am sure you will agree that we have treated you to some really great tutorials and artwork this month, all that’s left to do is enjoy.