The brand new issue of Digital Arts is now on sale in both print and digital editions, where we're showing you how to create incredible portraits, plus other works with a central figure or figures.

We're also exploring black-and-white art, logo design, mixed-media art, 3D character art, lighting effects, ad design for the iPad and much more!

A portrait should give an insight into its subject’s true nature, conveying qualities that a mere photograph cannot represent. Whether that person is real or imagined is immaterial – as is whether you’re drawing by hand, painting on a tablet or building on a photo.

A representation of a character needs to reveal more than physical attributes. It should tell you who its subject is, who they’ve been and who they hope or fear to become. This ability often comes from going outside the lines, ignoring physical accuracy and focusing on what makes the subject unique.

This issue sees leading artists disclosing the secrets of their best portraits. There’s also an in-depth guide to how limiting yourself to black and white can be creatively liberating – plus must-know techniques revealed in our Masterclasses and a showcase of the best new art, design and animation around.

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FEATURES

ILLUSTRATED PORTRAITS
What makes people so tricky to depict, and should portraits be as faithful to their subject as possible? Michael Burns considers the issues

TWO-TONE TECHNIQUES
Black-and-white art presents special challenges. Eva Peaty finds out what it takes to exploit the stark qualities of the genre

TUTORIALS

TYPE WITH HIDDEN DEPTHS
Charles Williams shows you how to create a threedimensional logotype and blend it realistically into a photographic backdrop

MIXED-MEDIA PORTRAITS
Are you a little bored with simply drawing people? Then add digital elements for extra interest, as Paul Holland demonstrates

3D CHARACTERS
Derek Lea exploits Illustrator’s 3D tools to create a cute character by revolving shapes and wrapping 2D textures around the results

LIGHT LEAK EFFECTS
Light-fogged colour snaps from cheap film cameras of yesteryear have acquired retro chic. Fabio Sesso recreates that look in Photoshop

iPAD ADVERTS
Alex Lokhman takes you through your first steps with Apple’s new free creative tool to make an ad in an iPad app

PLUS

ART BRINGS AID
Poster sales are funding relief to Brazilian towns hit by landslides

ILLUSTRATION MEETS FASHION
Art and ethical fashion team up in Amelia Gregory’s new book

CREATIVE FREEDOM
Ian Wharton explains why it's good to talk

REVIEWS
E-on Software Vue 9
Armari Magnetar Z3s-KO and InterPro IPW-Ci7 workstations
Nikon D7000
OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 5.5
Olympus E-5

FREE!

Video Tutorials for Adobe Photoshop
Learn by Video is a complete training program from Adobe Press and video2brain that teaches you the fundamentals of Adobe software as well as the basic principles of design.

Presented by expert trainers, the lessons are wrapped in an interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a highdef, immersive experience, while Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the videos for viewing alongside the application.

£300 of stock images
Stylish images from Photostogo. Here we’re giving you a wealth of reference images for you to create amazing portraits from. 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).

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