Horror & Dark Fantasy

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Showcase: Soufiane Idrassi

Soufiane Idrassi is a twenty-two-year-old freelance digital artist from Meknes, Morocco. Four years ago, Soufiane began teaching himself Adobe Photoshop—still his weapon of choice for his creations—and has become expert enough that his technique was explored in the January 2013 issue of Advanced Photoshop Magazine. He is currently expanding into 3D character creation and 2D concept art with his startup company, CG Pro Technology.

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Can you tell us a little about the attitude toward horror and horror art in your area of Morocco? Is your community conservative or progressive about it? Has your work been well-received locally or has the Internet made this a private endeavor?

Design in general is not advanced in my country. As for horror art, it’s not something that attracts people, mainly because this is an Islamic country. Most of the new generation likes this kind of art but it’s preferable to share it with other artists through online portfolios and social networks for more professional feedback.

You’re a freelance artist. How did you get your start? In what medium?

Before I heard of freelancing or Photoshop, I did a lot of things. First I started with just traditional mediums; then I started learning pencil techniques and all that fine art stuff. When I became good at that I wanted to do my own drawing, not just copying, so I started drawing anime characters. But then people started criticizing. “This is childish,” “why draw cartoons at your age,” etc. Anyway, I didn’t care so I continued learning how to draw anime characters.

In my senior year of high school, I met my best friend Issam Er-Raya. He exposed me to a lot of thing that I didn’t know about, like graffiti and street art, and then he showed me Photoshop and I was like, what the hell? You can do anything with this! So I started learning from him the basics and tools. I graduated high school and continued learning and practicing for four years, and then I decided that this was what I want to do for living. I started posting my work on different websites and next thing you know I’m on the cover of Advanced Photoshop Magazine.

Why do you create? And why create this sort of work?

I create because this is my passion. I love digital art. It’s like a drug to me. Why this sort of work? Well, I’m a positive guy, always got a smile on my face, so all the negativity I have goes through my art.

For these compositions, do you do any of your own photography?

I wish! For now I only download stocks. However, I have a couple of friends who are photographers, so they supply me with photos once in a while, but I hope in the future I’ll get the materials to make my own component images.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working with my teammate Salim Ljabli, a talented freelance automotive artist, on some projects to build our portfolio. Our team is called CG Pro Technology and we will be specialized in high resolution modeling for films, cinematic, and videogames; rendering; texturing; lighting; shading; and concept art. Our main goal is to produce digital assets to the highest possible standards required by the game industry.

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Julia Sevin

Julia Sevin (photo by Donovan Fannon)Originally hailing from Northern California, Julia Sevin is a transplant flourishing in the fecund delta silts of New Orleans. Together with husband R.J. Sevin, she owns and edits Creeping Hemlock Press, specializing in limited special editions of genre literature and, most recently, zombie novels. She is an autodidact pixelpusher who spends her days as the art director for a print brokerage designing branding and print pieces for assorted political bigwigs, which makes her feel like an accomplice in the calculated plunder of America. Under the cover of darkness (like Batman in more ways than she can enumerate), she redeems herself through pro bono design, sordid illustration, and baking the world’s best pies. She is available for contract design/illustration including book layouts and websites. See more of her work at juliasevin.com or follow her at facebook.com/juliasevindesign.