This tutorial will show you how to create and control interesting compositions inspired by creatures of the night, decadence and magic. It will also give hints on ways to add depth to your artwork and how to use photographic elements to bring images to life.

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Illustrator Simon Cook – aka Stone and Spear – created four works with photographer Olivia Rose, which were auctioned off for the Variety Club charity at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Simon and Olivia wanted to invite the viewer into a new world, taking them on a journey through the winding Gothic hallways of the hotel and evoking the dark sensations that guests of a bygone time would have experienced.

Here Simon takes us through the creative process he used for all four pieces, focusing on one, Father Dawns. Incorporating collage and original photographic imagery, the tutorial employs a combination of techniques, starting with cutting out shapes and images, and then assembling them on the computer.

As well as using Photoshop, you will need to get your hands messy, so make sure that your art box is stocked full with all sorts of crafty things such as paints, pens and coloured paper.

Time to complete

3 hours


Photoshop CS4 or later

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