Alex Ries
Alex Ries is an illustrator and concept artist from Melbourne, Australia.
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Draw a Realistic Aircraft in PhotoshopAirplanepreview
    Aviation art has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early days of human flight. Although it has encompassed many styles and media throughout its development, historical and technical accuracy remain mainstays of its successful execution. In this tutorial, we will describe the key steps in portraying the Boeing P-26A Peashooter, a pursuit aircraft developed during the interwar period.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Super-Detailed Wildlife Illustrations0958 insect fly400
    Highly detailed and accurate illustrations of animals and plants have a long and distinguished history, extending back through the western era of exploration. While initially these artworks served mainly to record new species in the absence of portable and effective photography, they were also appreciated for their artistic merit and attracted interest from admirers outside of the scientific community. Indeed, the significant skill required to produce such works coupled with the important role they continue to play in biological science has ensured this art form has endured.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Biologically Viable Alien Concept Art in Photoshop200
    Designing a plausible alien life form represents a challenge for concept artists. The monstrous creatures used blockbuster movies and video games can be relatively easily created, as they don't need to be functional within a real world context. To design a creature that not only meets with a clients' requirements, but is also potentially biologically viable requires a careful balance between plausibility and visual impact, a balance aided by careful research into the way real animals look and behave. In this tutorial, Alex Ries will explain how to illustrate an alien life form that could potentially exist in real life. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Futuristic Combat Robot in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    Robots are a staple of the science fiction media landscape. Concept artists working in this field, whether it be through video games, publishing, or film are well served with a number of robotic designs in their portfolios. In this tutorial, we will explain how to illustrate a near-future combat robot in Photoshop. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Technical Illustration for a Futuristic Military SatelliteDesign and illustration
    A common element within Space Opera science fiction is the space combat fighter: Vehicles such as the X-Wing and TIE Fighters from Star Wars set the mold for a tradition of spaceships based on fighter aircraft, with aerodynamic hulls and large wings. While those elements make sense for vehicles that fly in and out of atmospheres, a fighter operating purely in space does not require them. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Design a Futuristic Extra Terrestrial Seaplane in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    Among the most challenging and potentially useful skills an artist can have is the ability to design entirely new characters, environments and vehicles. Master these skills, and the doors open not only to your own creative expression, but to potential employment in the video game, film and publishing industries. In this tutorial we will walk through the design and painting of an extra terrestrial seaplane in Photoshop. This requires research into the familiar elements of real-world aircraft, and combining those elements into an original form that looks functional and familiar, yet clearly non-human. Let's get started!Read More…