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cover artist interviewOlly Howe 4Olly Howe is an illustrator form the UK. His client list spans the globe and his work can frequently be found in magazines such as Advanced Photoshop and Computer Arts. He agreed to tell us about what is important in the profession of a digital artist.
I have a great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new Editor in Chief of our .psd Photoshop magazine. Im very excited to continue the great work and I count on your help. Please wish me good luck!
In this issue, apart from the interesting tutorials on photomanipulation, photo retouch and digital painting by Ylenia Peronti, Holly Pacheco and Timur E. Kiryashov, you will find the interview with our cover artist, Olly Howe and with a freelance illustrator Jus-tin Maller. They have told us a bit about their profession and shared some of the great works they created.
All this (and much more!) you will find in the June issue of .psd Photoshop. Enjoy!
Editor in Chief
photomanipulationThe JourneyHolly Pacheco 8
The ParadiseSophie Van Dycke 12
UnderwaterRoberto Gamito 18
creative classAbove the cloudsOdessa Ombregriffe 22
interviewInterview with Justin Maller 28
workshopCreate Stunning Backgrounds for your Fantasy ArtTigz Rice 32
digital paintingKeeper of the UniverseTimur E. Kiryashov 36
Editors ChoiceGallery of Robb Castaneda 40
beauty retouchBeauty is PhotoshopYlenia Peronti 44
Design course at the local art college. I had no idea what Graphic Design was but it sounded interesting. The rest, as they say, is history. I didnt really learn that much about contemporary illus-tration at college as every project was geared towards cooperate branding but the good thing that I did learn was how to use Pho-
Interview with Olly Howe
Tell us your story. How did you become a designer and illustrator?I didnt really choose to become a digital artist as such, I just kind of fell into it. I started a course at University which I hated and so quit, I didnt know what I wanted to do, so I enrolled on a Graphic
Olly Howe is an Illustrator from the UK. His client list spans the globe and his work can frequently be found in magazines such as Advanced Photoshop and Computer Arts. Olly sells limited edition prints and pillows through www.clickforart.com. For more of Ollys work checkout his website: www.4playgraphix.com.
interview with olly howe
toshop. Ever since my introduc-tion to the program, I knew that it is what I wanted to do, I just loved the freedom of it and the fact that you could create one image from multiple photos. At the time I didnt even know that this was called il-lustration. I studied in a town called Plymouth and I had a lot of friends that were DJs or that put on club nights, this gave me an easy route into the world of club flyer design. Designing flyers was great as it meant I could get my work all over the place without having to do a lot. After 4 years in Plymouth and building my portfolio, I decided to move to London. This was really the only option for me if I was to make it as an illustrator. However, it did not happen over night. For 5 years in London I worked a 9 - 5 cooper-ate design job and then did my own freelance work in the evenings un-til about midnight everyday. This was a very hard period but it was the only way I could live and do the work I wanted to do, I just wasnt
earning enough money from the freelance work. After 5 years though I had built up enough clients to take the step to fully freelance and have now been working on my own from home for just over a year.
What do you like about your profession? Tell us about its advantages and disadvantages.There are clear advantages and dis-advantages of being freelance. One big disadvantage is that sometimes you may have a month where you dont do as much work as you nor-mally would and so financially you have to be prepared for this. How-ever, not just being paid at the end of the month like in a salary job is a big advantage as it helps to maintain a constant cash flow. I remember when I had a salary job, the last week of the month I would always be pen-niless. Another disadvantage is that you have to keep all your own ac-counts although this is fairly straight forward as long as you keep every-thing up to date regularly.
The main advantage of working from home is that theres nothing better than sitting down in your home studio with a cup of tea, turning up the music and getting down to some work, without the worry of anyone else interrupting you at any time. It
also means that you dont have to have fixed hours, I have just had a baby son and being at home all day means that I can help mum out if she needs it without the worry that someones going to dock my pay.
interview with olly howe
Could you advice anything to those who would like to make their first steps in your profession?I always get asked this question and always answer it exactly the same way: in your early years, during or after college, just concentrate on getting your portfolio together Do some research and work out the kind of clients you would ideally like to end up working for and try and produce personal projects that are tai-lored to these clients. I've always thought its a good idea to give yourself made up briefs as if they came from big ad agencies, these companies want to see work that is relevant to them and that they can see working well with their brands so try and mould your portfolio to suit.
Also, be original, the successful illustrators are the ones whos work stands out from the crowd. There are a lot of people trying to do the same thing as you so make sure that its your portfolio that makes people go "Wow!".
Other than that and a bit of luck along the way you just have to keep at it and plugging yourself wherever you can. There are a lot of creative networking sites that are a good start for design-ers and illustrators to get their portfolios out there, like: www.be-hance.net, www.talentarena.com
Where would you advice to look for commissions?If you dont have an agent that looks for the jobs for you then you are going to at some stage have to get looking for work yourself. Again, do some research here and make lists of all the compa-nies you would ideally like to work for, email these people links to your website or online portfolio. Agencies are always looking for fresh talent to use so if you catch someone's eye, it could lead to that dream commission.
Digital photomontages are all about discovering hidden beauty and creating harmony from chaos. There is a great energy that emerges when multiple images coalesce into a single, ethereal scene, as objects and landscapes are seen with new eyes and dreamlike vistas come to life. The process can be very exciting (and sometimes frustrating). You never know which images will work well together or what will happen when you merge one image with another. But that unknown quality is exactly what makes the outcome so rewarding. The Journey is a montage I created in Photoshop by merging and transforming several individual images to create an entirely new scene. I experimented with different landscapes Ive photographed, trying out various blending techniques and layer order. The process described in this article uses the final photos I chose to work with.
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SETTING THE GROUNDWORKFor each of the photographs, I changed the dimen-sions, resolution and applied a fi lter. To make this process faster, I fi rst opened the base image for The Journey. Using the Actions palette, I created a new action named Resize & Filter and started recording. I chose Image>Image Size, I changed the physical dimensions to 16 x 12 and the reso-lution to 300dpi. I then applied a Dry brush fi lter, experimenting with different Brush Size, Brush Detail, and Texture settings until I found a combi-nation that worked well with the photograph. For the last part of the action, I made a selection of the entire image, using Edit>Copy, then pressed the Stop button on the Actions palette. Each sub-sequent photo used the Resize & Filter action, and had various Layer Blending Modes applied.
PHOTOS AND BLENDING MODESAt this point I was ready to start building the photomontage, layer by layer. I created a new Photoshop fi le using the same dimensions and resolution, and pasted the image I had just worked with onto a new layer called Girl. The second pho-tograph I used (courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI) is a beautiful shot of the Orion nebula. I ap-plied the Resize & Filter action, and pasted it into the new fi le on a new layer called Nebula, below the Girl layer. I then set the Layer Blending Mode on the Girl layer to overlay. Next, I duplicated the Nebula layer and set it to overlay as well. Together, these two layers give the image its striking color.
ADDING SOME TEXTUREI then added in a photograph of a wooden bridge surrounded by trees, stretching across a dry creek bed. This image adds some interesting texture and shapes, as well as further defi nes the path that the girl is walking along.
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MORE COLORSThe next image added is a photograph of a building set against a blue sky, the layer set to Soft light. This layer was used simply to enhance the colors, reducing some of the harsher orange tones and adding in more purple to the top right. In th