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Dune leads ImagineFX 207's vintage fantasy and sci-fi art special

Dune art
(Image credit: Dave Keenan)

Dune leads ImagineFX 207, on sale now, as the magazine celebrates the best of vintage sci-fi and fantasy art. Artist Dave Keenan shares his pro advice for achieving the bold look of 1980’s book cover art to launch our Dune-heavy new issue of ImagineFX. Following the artist's how-to training, and read exclusive interviews with the art team behind the Dune 2021 film.

You can read a tease of what to expect this issue as the costume designers share their insights, and we discover Dune may have one of the most expensive costumes ever made

It's not just Dune, or Dave Keenan's essential Photoshop training that will inspire you. Issue 207 interviews the concept artist behind Apple TV's Foundation, award-winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi reveals the 1980s artists that inspired him, and he reveals how to paint a vintage Dungeons & Dragons card.

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How Dune has inspired artists

Dune

Artists reveal how Frank Herbert's Dune has inspired their work (Image credit: Various)

leading pro artists on how Frank Herbert’s acclaimed books and film adaptations have inspired their art. We also catch up with the design team behind the new Dune movie, as production artist Patrice Vermette shares art and insights from the set. Using Dune as an influence many leading artists in film, video games and illustration have discovered how to tap into their own imaginations.

Tony DiTerlizzi's art heroes

Traditional art

The Spiderwick Chronicles's artist shares his 1980s inspirations (Image credit: Erol Otus)

One of the greats shares his art influences as illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi recalls the 1980s fantasy artists that got him drawing; including insights into D&D legend Erol Otus, Brian Froud, and Moebius. Plus, DiTerlizzi reveals how he drew his retro 1980s D&D card.

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Learn Photoshop, Painter 2022, and more

Digital art

Illustrator Erik Ly shares his digital sketching tips for Photoshop (Image credit: Erik Ly)

Training this issue takes in the core skills you need to create vintage fantasy art, as former Magic: The Gathering art director Cynthia Sheppard shares how to paint dramatic portraits, D&D artist Alayna Danner paints an epic fantasy landscape, and illustrator Erik Ly reveals how to produce imaginative digital sketches using Photoshop. 

Discover how to make better use of Painter 2022's oil brushes with Isis Sousa, and follow her video training as she breaks down the process. If you want to learn real oils, Patrick J. Jones begins his three part fantasy portrait project using oil paints – part one covers preparing the portrait, using traditional media and Photoshop. 

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Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creative Bloq. Ian is the former editor of many leading magazines, including digital art focused ImagineFX and 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched the magazine X360 in 2005 and has relaunched many others. In his early career Ian wrote for music and film magazines, including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. With over 25 years' experience in both print and online journalism, Ian has worked on many leading video game and digital art brands. With a passion for video games and art, Ian combines his loves to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq. In his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.