The brand new issue of Digital Arts is now on sale, and this month we're revealing the secrets to success as a professional designer, illustrator or artist.
Our lead feature packed with tips and advice that answer the questions every graduate is asking themselves right now -- from 'what do I charge?' and 'how do I find good clients?' to 'do I need to move to the big city?' -- answers even the most experienced creative will find useful. You’ll be inspired by the incredible new graduate work that we’ve started to collect in this month’s Showcase.
Reigniting your creativity was a big theme at this year’s OFFF festival in Barcelona, where some of the world’s top artists came together under a banner of ‘Year Zero’ – a metaphor for starting afresh, unshackled by what has come before. Read our report from the show in this issue, including interviews and comments from Marian Bantjes, Erik Spiekermann, James White, Jon Burgerman, Han Hoogerbrugge and our cover artist Matt W Moore.
We’re also feeling vastly inspired by the infographics of David McCandless, Nicholas Feltron, Paul Butt and others, which translate the wealth of data that’s out there into intelligible and beautiful forms. Here you'll start to map the world of information – and learn practical techniques for infographics by Paul Butt in our always inspiring tutorials section. Here you'll also learn how to add realism to digital portraits -- based around Richard Wilkinson's stunning portrait of a grieving man -- produce an abstract impression of London, progress your style in new directions and even get rid of those dreaded wrinkles (from your photos at least).
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
Michael Burns discovers the answers to the burning questions about how to succeed in the design industry, with advice from those in the know
ILLUSTRATION BY NUMBERS
Savvy designers are turning data into stunning images that tell a story. Alice Ross finds out more from the world's best practitioners including David McCandless and Nicholas Feltron
Richard Wilkinson shows how to add a sense of humanity and pathos to illustrative portraits on one of a grief-stricken man
DATA IS BEAUTIFUL
Paul Butt demonstrates the art of infographics, turning data into visually compelling and informative graphics that tell a story
Banish fine lines and wrinkles in another of fashion and burlesque photographer and retoucher Tigz Rice’s Photoshop beauty tips
PROGRESS YOUR STYLE
Illustrator Jonny Wan shows how to develop his own style to provide something fresh and exciting for his clients
Roberto Marras builds a totally different picture of London, creating an abstract artwork based on the city
’YEAR ZERO’ AT OFFF 2011
A who’s who of speakers at this year’s digital art festival in Spain, inciuding our cover artist Matt W Moore
D&AD AWARDS 2011
Black and Yellow Pencil winners, with Old Spice smelling of sweet success
CREATIVE FREEDOM: TEA AND CRAYONS
How an all-female group of designers formed an online creative collective after chatting on Twitter
Three monster power PCs
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
Linotype FontExplorer X Pro 3
Video Tutorials for Adobe Photoshop CS5
This month the Digital Arts Download Zone includes three full chapters from Ten Ton Books' detailed training DVD, Photoshop CS5 Beginner's Workshop. Complementing Tigz Rice's tutorial within this issue, the lessons focus on photo retouch techniques: covering creating layer masks, sharpening and touch-up tools to ensure the photos you want to use in your artworks and designs are perfect.
£300 of stock images
Stylish images from Photostogo. This month we’re giving you a great collection across a wide range of subjects linked to our tutorials. They are all around 3,000 x 2,500 pixels in size.
(These are provided to purchasers of the magazine only through our Download Zone, so are available to both readers of both the print and digital edition).