to bet­ter res­o­lu­tions

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter - Claire Howlett, Ed­i­tor claire@imag­inefx.com

Happy new year! If your new year’s res­o­lu­tion is to rekin­dle your re­la­tion­ship with draw­ing and paint­ing, and to get your art seen by peo­ple who mat­ter, you’ve ar­rived at the right place for in­spi­ra­tion and guid­ance. In our news sec­tion, a col­lec­tion of pro­fes­sional artists and art direc­tors re­veal how you can make this year your best in art. I’d ad­vise you to read their in­sights on page 20.

It’s hard to hear this, but it’s true: it’s all down to you. What you get out of art (and life) is what you put into it. I know that tak­ing some­thing you’ve cre­ated in the se­cu­rity of your own home and putting it out there for oth­ers to see can seem like an enor­mous un­der­tak­ing. But ev­ery­one – even the pro­fes­sional artists you see in this mag­a­zine – has to start some­where. And if you don’t even start, you’ll never, ever, end up any­where. Take the artists in our Con­cept Art Leg­ends fea­ture (page 40). The art in this col­lec­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of the unique styles and dif­fer­ent voices an artist can bring to their cre­ations. But th­ese peo­ple didn’t start out as fully formed cre­ators and I’m sure that even now they have days when they don’t feel up to scratch.

I saw a great quote on Twit­ter re­cently from Chris Oat­ley, where he said: “Artists, you chose one of the most chal­leng­ing cre­ative paths imag­in­able. Don’t make the chal­lenges MORE dif­fi­cult by beat­ing your­selves up.” Does this sound like you?

So, here’s to 2015. I hope it’s a happy and cre­ative one for you all.

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