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ImagineFX 150th anniversary issue: Look inside!

ImagineFX is celebrating its 150th issue anniversary! To celebrate, readers are being treated to a special issue, complete with two free gifts: an A2 poster featuring the art of Jana Schirmer (opens in new tab) and Lois van Baarle (opens in new tab), and a 20-page supplement in association with ArtStation, exploring how to craft a killer portfolio.

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The team has also pulled out all the stops to bring you the best artists in the world. Loish – who has worked with the likes of LEGO and Marvel to bring their characters to life – has created the show-stopping cover art, and inside shares her expertise to show you how to paint your own bright, dynamic figure.

Exclusive interview with Kim Jung Gi

Exclusive interview with Kim Jung Gi

Readers can also take a peek inside the sketchbooks of Hollywood film veteran Feng Zhu (opens in new tab) and Hugo award-winning illustrator Stephan Martinière (opens in new tab); find out how Kim Jung Gi went from college dropout to sketching giant in an exclusive interview; and glean book illustration tips from Lord of the Rings artist John Howe.

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Look inside Feng Zhu's sketchbook

Look inside Feng Zhu's sketchbook

Top tutorials

This issue's tutorial section comes packed with advice from industry-leading experts to help you sharpen your skills (use the arrows to scroll through the gallery below). First up, shortcuts aren’t cheating – they just free up precious minutes so you can focus on making your designs even more awesome. Studio Soi’s Domareen Fox runs through 14 top tips to help streamline your workflow and save you time.

Even the most basic of sketches can turn into magical paintings. This month, Daniel Landerman (opens in new tab) reveals his advice for improving your sketches – whether that's by remembering to warm up or exploring calligraphy tools.

In the Traditional Artist Workshop section you’ll learn how to capture emotion in your sci-fi illustrations. Donato Giancola (opens in new tab) gives an insight into how he created an emotionally arresting image for his Empathetic Robots series.

Elsewhere in the issue

  • Concept art insights from the talented Sean Sevestre
  • Photobashing techniques with Dave Seeley
  • Interview with concept artist Wayne Haag
  • 8 hours of ImagineFX video and over 150 brushes!

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Ruth Hamilton
Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.