The brand new issue of Digital Arts is now on sale. This month we’re getting excited by the possibilities offered by combining digital creativity with traditional craft forms.

Loathe as we are to admit it, there are some things you just can’t do digitally. Conversely, there are some artisitic or design forms that cannot exist outside of a computer – or at least if you want to achieve them in any reasonable time. Mixing your tools allows you to produce work that pushes beyond the boundaries into new areas of creativity.

We’re also checking out the new generation of heavy metal artists who are reinvigorating the genre. They’re eschewing the ludicrous gore and dubious portrayals of women – instead revelling in the psychedelic, birthing something genuinely creepy or playing with the genre’s icons in ironic fashion.

Also in this issue you’ll find step-by-step guides to everything from punk posters to 3D vectors – and our guide to the latest incredible creative work.

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FEATURES

MIXED MEDIA REVEALED
Practical advice from the leading artists who combine digital and craft techniques

HEAVY METAL REINVENTED
Charting the visual journey of rock music cover art, and how it’s back in fashion

TUTORIALS

PUNK POSTER ART
Dan Mumford recreates his poster art for band Gallows

ADVANCED COMPOSITING
Achieve a photorealistic effect when combining multiple photos in one montage, as Mike Harrison demonstrates

GRAPHIC BATTLE TRICKS
Maxime Quoilin shows how quick photo manipulation is all about blending images together, using his snappy techniques and Photoshop’s blending modes and masks

FAUX 3D IN ILLUSTRATION
Add depth to vector paintings by adding 3D effects using Illustrator. Karan Singh shows how

16-BIT ARCADE GAME ART
James May, creator of the music video for dubstep-rock act Nero’s chart hit Me & You, shows the first step in how to turn a photo into a character in an early 90s aracde game

GEOMETRIC PORTRAITS
Damien Vignaux –aka Elroy – reveals how to create grainy, low-poly vector artwork for his techno act The Escapists

PLUS

PICK ME UP RETURNS IN 2011
The illustration and design exhibition will be held at Somerset House for the second year running

DESIGNERS' TAKE ON THE IPAD 2
Three leading UK app developers discover what the new Apple device offers interactive designers

CREATIVE FREEDOM
The history of Depthcore, the international art collective that turns amateur artists into professionals

REVIEWS
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£300 of stock images
Stylish images from Photostogo. This month, we’re giving you photos on themes of Spring, beauty and fun. They are all around 3,000 x 2,500 pixels in size.

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