Issue 77 | May 2012
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Welcome to the May issue of 2DArtist magazine! In this issue we continue inspiring you with excellent tutorial series and amazing you with stunning artwork. From manga characters to creating amazing animations, using paintings and live-action footage, there’s something for everyone!

There are so many great tutorials in this month’s magazine that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ll start with the awesome cover image by Patipat Asavasena, who’s also the artist guiding us through our new manga series. In the second chapter, with help from Joan of Arc, he’ll be showing us the techniques character artists use to achieve the manga style.

In April’s magazine Jama Jurabaev explained how he developed his storyboards and concepts for the high quality matte painting backdrops he used for his Dreamscape video. This time around he gets to the exciting part, where he shares practical tips and shows us how he filmed the live footage, which he will composite into his amazing images in next month’s issue!

We also continue our droid series with Ignacio Bazan Lazcano creating probably my favorite type of droid, the bartender droid! He talks us through his concept and initial ideas, developing his chosen design, producing technical drawings and even shows us how he placed his droid into a supporting environment.

Moving on to our next series, Mythological Creatures, we are in the capable hands of Simon Dominic Brewer and Christopher Peters this month, as they tackle the mysterious Jiang Shi, otherwise known as a Chinese “hopping” vampire/zombie. We knew that this would be an interesting illustration as this creature leaps around, killing living things and sucking the life force out of them! Take a closer look to find out how each of our artists interpret the same brief and come up with their own unique versions of this charming creature, Simon in Painter and Christopher in Photoshop.

If that’s not enough for you, we also feature a Making Of by the mystical Jenny Healy, an interview with senior matte painter Luca Gabriele Rossetti and a sketchbook that gives an insight into the creative mind of concept artist, George Guo. And, of course, our brilliant gallery featuring work by Oleg Leshiy Shekhovtsov, Saeed Ramezani, Chaichan Artwichai and many more talented artists.

What's in this month...
Interview: Luca Gabriele Rossetti

The Sketchbook of: George Guo

The Gallery: 10 of the Best 2D Artworks

Tutorial Series: Manga Historical Characters - Chapter 2: Joan of Arc by Patipat Asavasena

Tutorial Series: Dreamscape - Chapter 3: Live Footage
by Jama Jurabaev

Tutorial Series: Designing Droids - Chapter 6: Bartender Droid
by Ignacio Bazan Lazcano

Tutorial Series: Painting Creatures from Mythology - Chapter 5: Jiang Shi by Christopher Peters & Simon Dominic

Making Of:Victorian Voodoo - Project Overview by Jenny Healy

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