Creating digital art, although rewarding, can be a solitary experience – it’s just you and your workstation . All those hours can be burned away and you may have your next masterpiece ready to upload, but there hasn’t been another human soul in the process.
So what about collaborating with another artist on a project? This offers the advantage of bringing together additional strengths to a creation. For example, one artist may be excellent with landscapes or starscapes, another may have good experience with Poser figures – so combining this example of skills could really generate something eye-catching.
For issue 17, my assistant editor Mickey Mills spotted an excellent collaborative project entitled “ExtraSolar” by Björn Malmberg and Ryan Malone and a great interview ensued. Initially the partnership was to just last with one image, but they soon recognized a lot more scenes and stories could be created under the umbrella of “ExtraSolar”, the project was named by Björn. The joint venture between Björn from Sweden and Ryan from North Carolina in the States worked well, with both having similar mind-sets on where they wanted to go with the artwork. The only real challenge was the six hour time difference, prompting them to work on weekends, rather than work day nights.
We’d love to hear about any similar collaborations that you have achieved, so you are welcome to post a reply and mention or give links to co-operative artwork that you’ve created.
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40 Pages of Inspiring Galleries and Digital Artist Interviews
Collaborations: Digital art really lends itself to co-operative projects.
Tutorial : How to Create a Nebula Scene (Photoshop)
Glenn Clovis specialize in Space and Science Fiction Art and presents a tutorial using Photoshop to create a stunning nebula scene.
Interview : Bjorn Malmberg (Hexagaon, Poser, Vue)
“With the Wacom I had a tool that could be anything from a pen to a brush in my left hand again. All of a sudden I could paint hair on models and add fine detail. From that moment on I felt at home.”
Interview : Ryan Malone (Poser,Vue)
“Since Asimov was my first Sci-Fi love and influenced me later on to write my own stories, that is ultimately what brought me to the 3D world.“
The ExtraSolar Project
“We realized we had the potential to create not just one image, but a whole universe of connected scenes and stories and we must have talked on Skype for hours trying to flesh out ideas and lay the foundation. “ – Ryan Malone on his collaboration with Bjorn on the ExtraSolar project.
Interview : Lewis Moorcroft (Mojoworld)
“The final renders themselves are taking days instead of hours as I am using a new method to really maximize image quality.”
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