The brand new issue of Digital Arts is now on sale -- where we're taking digital painting back. Artists are fighting back against the charge that it’s the preserve purely of misogyny and overused fantasy, sci-fi and manga tropes.

Men and women from around the world are looking across the broad spectrum of illustration and taking inspiration from everything from fashion to character art to reinvent painting as a cutting-edge form. Gone are the elves and unfeasibly proportioned ladies dressed -- if that’s the right word -- in tiny outfits, instead replaced with naturalistic styles, quirky characters and representations of true beauty.

Don’t get us wrong. We're as partial to the occasional elf or barbarian as the next guy -- but there’s only so many times the cover of the D&D Basic Rules book can be recreated. By their very nature, the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi and manga are among the most malleable of genres -- we must break away from their conventions and clichés, and create something truly new.

In this issue you'll also discover how to create surreal portraits, vintage halftones, pencil-led comic illustrations and watercolour video effects -- and how collaboration can help you develop a new style. Also read our exclusive interview with designer David Hillman, who art directed the latest set of illustration-themed Olympics stamps.

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BRUSHES WITH GENIUS
No longer the domain of misogeny and cliché, digital painting is now a respected technique. Get tips from the modern masters of the form

CREATE ELEGANT STROKES
Paint surreal portraits by combining a mix of unusualelements and applying Ratinan Thaijareorn’s beautiful brushwork techniques

DIGITAL ART REMIXED
Discover the process behind the unique collaboration between digital artists Stephen Chan and Andriana Katsiki to develop a new creative style

VINTAGE HALFTONES
Learn how to put a new spin on hackneyed effect, the Halftone, in Photoshop

CREATE A GRAPHIC NOVEL PAGE ILLUSTRATION
Douglas Sirois shows you how to make rough-looking comicbook page as if drawn using pencils

WATERCOLOURED MUSIC VIDEO EFFECTS
Learn how to use After Effects to create the painterly look of the summer’s hippest pop promo

10 TIPS: PREPARING ART AND DESIGNS FOR WEB
Make sure you get your work ready for online with our essential guide to colour settings  and image preparation

REVIEWS

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
  • Scan 3XS Nanu
  • Eizo ColorEdge CG303W

PLUS!
£300 of stunning stock images and video

... and much much more!

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