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JOHNNY CHEUK Hong Kong Johnny Cheuk has been pretty busy this month. Not only has he created this issue’s stunning cover image but also the illustration for the Start Your Own Studio feature on page 32. What’s more, he’s even willing to reveal some trade secrets. Turn to page 56 and ﬁnd out how adding gradients to your Photoshop work will give 2D images an exciting third dimension. www.acidbird.com
UK Rob Scott captures Chris Hassell of DS.Emotion – the London-based design agency with something to shout about. firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada Derek rounds up his three-part 3D Illustrator series with this well-lit introduction to lighting and mapping. www.dereklea.com
UK Transmission Central’s Rod Steele uses a tired stock photo and a little Photoshop to create this attention-grabbing image. email@example.com
USA Font designer Matthew Desmon breaks the mould with this new take on an old-fashioned font style. www.weworkforthem. com
Canada Derek illustrates this month’s CD tutorial with an age distressed image created using ﬁve Machine Wash ﬁlters. www.dereklea.com
UK GR/DD uses muted tones and an abstract composition to illustrate the current demand for mobile design. www.grdd.co.uk
UK In the ﬁrst of a threepart series, Swedish illustrator Linda Bergkvist demonstrates the skills needed to create life-like photorealistic eyes in Photoshop. www.furiae.com
UK This abstract piece illustrates the news that UK designers are at last dominating the global design scene. www.twelveten.co.uk
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SAHATARCH PITTARONG LOCATION Thailand JOB Freelance illustrator CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org SOFTWARE Photoshop, Illustrator Thai native Sahatarch Pittarong lives in Bangkok and studied Visual Communication at Assumption University (ABAC) in Thailand. “I like Thai traditional, culture, history and Thai literature,” he says, “so I always bring them to my work in whatever way I can.” For Sahatarch, inspiration is everywhere, in nature, books – even in contemporary music, such as hip-hop. “I draw on everything around me,” he says. “Inspiration and imagination are key.” He is eager to inform others about his country, using his startling imagery as a springboard, and believes that ideas are the most important thing about any work of art. “Even the most beautiful pictures, using the most amazing techniques, are nothing unless inspired by good ideas.” THE MASTER OF THAI-HOP (ALL IMAGES) “With these images, I tried to make a connection between hip-hop and Thai literature, portraying each hip-hop musician as a Master of Thai-Hop, and I think it works well. Here you can see hiphop stars The Spyda Hanuman (DJ), The Garuda (B-BOY) and The Serpent (hype man).”
LEE STADLER LOCATION Kansas, USA JOB Digital artist CONTACT lee@opus-ﬁnearts.com SOFTWARE Photoshop, Bryce 1. The Palindrome Crescendo “I rendered each “panel” here separately in Bryce – the right and left ones are a different view of the same scene, with altered lighting and repositioned characters. The shadows helped to glue the two end pieces to the middle section. I added the trees and grass and tweaked lighting in Photoshop. 2. The Clockroom “I created and rendered this particular work in Bryce. I used Photoshop for the trees, and to tweak colour and lighting.” 3. Brick and Ball 2 “This is an exercise in realism using HDRI spheres. Aside from the decent yet simple textures, lighting proved the most important aspect of the piece. I made colour adjustments in Photoshop.”
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NUZMA BEGUM LOCATION Bedford, UK JOB Graphic designer and illustrator CONTACT email@example.com SOFTWARE Photoshop 7.0 1. Newrock “The idea for this piece stemmed from my perception of how where we live has become vicious and dangerous... I used images from my travels in Barcelona and Amsterdam – and existing materials from the UK.” 2. The Environment “I created this while working in an ofﬁce. I was angry, being stuck there. All I could think about was getting out and ﬁnding things to do.” 3. Stranger “This is a deliberately gloomy illustration about society’s outsiders. It does not point a ﬁnger at a speciﬁc group, although one interpretation of the man could be that he is a paedophile or a rapist.” 4. Invisible Afﬂiction “This work explores the invisible pain of migraine. The brain connotes the mind and the graph paper the sufferer’s sense of being conﬁned.”
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