RANTS AND RAVES FROM THE EDITOR
he digital tools we all use tobe creative have been gettinga lot of stick recently – but wedon’t care. We know that byte-basedart, design and animation allow us toopen up worlds of possibility denied topre-digital generations.Photoshop especially seems tobe receiving a lot of grief. PhotoshopDisasters is one of the most popular websites about the tool – and even theGirl Guides have recently put the bootin, asking for the use of Adobe’s app tobe banned from fashion and celebrity mags for giving children unrealisticideas of beauty. You know things aren’tgreat when your software’s gettingdissed by the Guides.We’re with the Guides for theirintentions – even if it’s completely impractical – and we regularly get ourgiggles from the worst uses of digitalmanipulation on Photoshop Disasters.None of which diminishes thepower of digital art. Amazing imageslike Rob Shields’ piece on our cover,Brice Chaplet’s to the left, and theothers throughout this magazine, area testament to what can be achieved with just these tools.Throughout this issue you’ll learnthe secrets of these artists’ creativity.We’re not pretending that many of these techniques are easy, or thatanyone can do them. They take talentand practice – but once you masterthem you’ll be a better artist thanbefore, and have the jump on yourpeers. If you want to be the best youcan, we’re here to help you achieve it.
IN PRAISEOF DIGITAL
Image by Mr Xerty (
). See more of his work from page 16.