Issue 72 | December 2011
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Hello and welcome to the Christmas issue of 2DArtist. I hope you are all feeling festive and are well prepared for the holidays. This month’s 2DArtist is here, and to help you get into the Christmas mood it is full to the brim with treats and surprises.

I hope you all enjoyed the first installment of our Illustrating Fairy Tales series. Simon Dominic Brewer is back again this month, and in this issue shows us how he tells a story in his amazing illustration of Rapunzel. This is a really cool series so if you are into illustration this is a must ready article.

David Smit and Nadia Karroue are back again in this month’s issue. I hope you are all picking up lots of techniques and tips to help you design your own world and the characters in it. In this issue they will be showing us how to gather all of your ideas and influences together to create exiting illustrations.

Painting over 3D is a real skill and a technique that can create outstanding results. I am sure you all enjoyed the first chapter of our Futuristic Vehicles series where this technique was explained with stunning results by Levi Hopkins. This month’s installment continues to impress as Juha Rasanen shows us how he used 3D as a base to create his amazing illustration of a Sci-Fi Drop Ship. In next month’s issue we dive into the depths of the deep blue with an amazing Submarine created by Carlos Cabrera.

We say a fond farewell to our Character Portrayal series this month and in this issue Irvin Rodriguez talks us through how to paint tattoos in a cool and illustrative way. In next month’s issue we change to something really quite different, Painting Creatures from Mythology.

In this month’s interview we had the pleasure of catching up with the amazingly talented A.J Trahan. A.J has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry including Steambot and Disney. He tells us how he caught the attention of potential employers and how he still loves painting digitally outside!

From one amazingly talented artist to the next, in this month’s sketchbook we get a brief insight into the creative mind of John Park. It’s hard to describe in words the jaw-dropping quality of John’s work, so the best thing to do would be to take a look at some of his sketches and the few final images we have in this issue. I know you will love his work.

I am sure you are finding it hard to contain your excitement so I will only briefly mention the fantastic making of by Jaime Martinez and the stunning gallery containing images by Ioan Dumitrescu, Serge Birault, Andreas Rocha and Markus Lovadina.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue and have a very happy Christmas.


What's in this month...
Interview: A.J Trahan

The Sketchbook of: John Park

Article: An exclusive behind the scnes look at Realm

The Gallery: 10 of the Best 2D Artworks

Tutorial Series: Illustrating Fairy Tales - Chapter 2: Rapunzel by Simon Dominic

Tutorial Series: Designing Your Own World - Chapter 4: Illustrations
by David Smit and
Nadia Karroue

Tutorial Series: Sci-Fi Vehicles - Chapter 2: Drop Ship
by Juha Rasanen

Tutorial Series: Character Portrayal - Chapter 5:
by Irvin Rodriguez

Making Of: Sniper - Project Overview
by Jaime Martínez

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