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Environmental concept art

Thomas Scholes explores visualisation methods, tricks of the trade and editing processes to create a fantasy landscape...

Constantly expanding and experimenting with your methods, subject matter and discipline is important. All arts are connected; you’ll even find that elements within music have parallels with the visual arts. If you aren’t motivated or are in a slump, change the variables and experiment. Not only is the variety refreshing, you’ll also be able to apply what you learn to your core interests. Here, I’ll show you a few methods I use for keeping visualisation fresh as well as some other tricks of the trade.

I believe no matter what field of art you are in, good design is important. Regardless of final intent, a good-looking product will get not only the product recognised but you as well. Shapes play a major role in design and are the bread and butter of my visualisation methods and experiments. I often find the initial creation with these basic shapes to be more enjoyable than any other part of the process; this is where life is born and worlds are created, and this is what interests me and drives me. In comparison, the rest is hard work. I recommend you find what drives you and your progress will never stop. I want to stress that each painting is a learning experience. If you’re worried about making portfolio pieces, try to stop stressing, and relax. Be passionate and enjoy your art and you’ll have a much better portfolio, not to mention life.

From issue 20.

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