Graphics How-To: Three Digital Artists Share Their Secrets

This story is taken from “Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists.”

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Artists have unique visions — and often, unique techniques. While we may assume that software imposes a certain set of methods, it’s not the case that every artist uses the software in the same way. Even Photoshop gives you several ways to create a new layer, after all.

It’s instructive to see how individual artists create their compositions. Better yet is peering into the thought-processes behind them. What was the artistic goal? Why use that color palette? How was that effect achieved? The answers are as personal as the resulting artwork.

In this excerpt from “The Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists,” you’ll see the work of three artists who not only produce very different work but who also approach the creative process very differently. You’ll get a glimpse into their philosophy and technique, and pick up a few ideas for your own creative work.

We’ve posted these excerpts as PDF files. All you do is click the links “Archer“, “Orrery“, and “A Few of My Favorite Things” to open the PDF files in your Web browser. You can also download the PDF to your machine for later viewing.

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Excerpted from “The Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists” by Jeremy Sutton and Daryl Wise. Copyright © 2002 Wiley Publishing. All rights reserved. Reproduced here by permission of the publisher.


Posted on: February 18, 2004

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