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Sci-Fi Art Essentials workshop files and resources

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Click the links below to download your workshop assets from this special edition of ImagineFX, including layered files, brushes and step images. There are also textures and perspective grids, to aid you in your sci-fi art creation. Workshops Characters to populate your sci-fi worlds.


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Create sci-fi art visions with the new ImagineFX

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ImagineFX, the number one magazine for digital artists, is now on sale, and Fred Augis’ bright, confident cover image is just a taster of what’s inside this month’s sci-fi art special. Want to know more?




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Sci-fi short Atropa is a ten-minute love-letter to Alien and ’80s spaceships

Atropa is director Eli Sasich’s love-letter to gritty, gunmetal-colored sci-fi movies of the ’80s. The ten-minute short, a concept piece for potential feature film, tells the story of a security officer chasing the titular Atropa as it tears across the galaxy. Something strange is afoot —  the research vessel isn’t where it should be, and the ship’s denizens, woken from cryosleep by the pursuing protagonist, have the wrong date on their calendars. Things only get weirder when the ship, floating in deep space, is involved in a collision.

Sasich’s concept short raises a lot of questions, but with a ten-minute running time, has no space to answer them. But it works so well as a proof of tone — successfully capturing the essence of movies…

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Father and son must face the unknown in this sci-fi short film

More often than not, our minds unconsciously see an enemy in the face of the unknown. That’s precisely the case in The Landing, a finely-shot Australian short film that explores the bond between a father and his son after a UFO crash-lands on their midwestern farm in 1960. What’s inside the UFO is a surprise, but both father and son imbue the mysterious black sphere with meaning that says far more about themselves as human beings than the entity inside the craft.

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The follow-up to Gone Home is a dark sci-fi adventure

The studio behind the acclaimed Gone Home has just revealed its next adventure: a science fiction game called Tacoma. We don’t know much about the game, which was unveiled tonight at The Game Awards in Las Vegas, but, just like Gone Home, it’s a first person experience. The game is set in “Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma, situated at Lagrange Point 1 between the Earth and our moon.” The tagline reads simply “What mysteries await you, 200,000 miles from Earth?” Tacoma is expected to launch in 2016.

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Create a sci-fi mech factory

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Prologue: Hangar N.15 is a development of a project artist Chris Dipaola has been working on for some time, the first sighting of Chris’ robots came in his Maya modelling tutorial from issue 187. 




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How to design sci-fi weapons

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When I play shooters, there’s nothing like the feeling of acquiring the perfect weapon to take down your enemy. Everyone has their own personal favourites. It could be the sniper rifle that can hit a target with pinpoint accuracy, or it could be the shotgun that rips an enemy to shreds. Its accuracy, how it sounds, the reload time…




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Watch a ‘Game of Thrones’ star create planets in this sci-fi short film

Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, and on The Wire, he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. The short, which debuted at the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder celebration this week, features Gillen and Italian actress Aisling Franciosi as they look back on one of mankind’s major missions into space, all while they create planetoids and comets with only their minds.

The short actually celebrates the Rosetta…

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Pascal Blanche is building a stunning sci-fi universe

By day, Pascal Blanche is a senior art director at Ubisoft Montreal, a massive game studio where blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs are made. But by night, he’s an artist dreaming up captivating sci-fi worlds that harken back to greats like Chris Foss and Ralph McQuarrie. “I think it all started with Star Wars,” he says of his fascination with space and science fiction.

Unsurprisingly, the work of Foss, McQuarrie, and their ilk helped inspire Blanche to get into art in the…

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The 30 greatest ever designs in sci-fi movies

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From prosthetic masks to future costumes, giant starships to alien worlds, the world of science fiction movies offers a unique opportunity to the designer to create something new and mindblowing. The sky’s no longer the limit: the boundless landscapes of time and space offered by fiction’s final frontier mean creatives can really let their imagination run wild.




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