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Hello all, how are you? This issue we’ve interviewed two heavyweights in film conceptual art: Michael Kutsche and George Hull. I could list their achievements in films here, but it would take me quite a while. Coincidentally, both of these artists were a part of ImagineFX early on in their careers (and ours!), and it’s thrilling to have them back in the mag to showcase the wonderful work they’re both doing in Hollywood and beyond.
You’ll also find very insightful advice from storyboard artist Jim Cornish. He’s created the storyboards for Harry Potter, The Dark Knight and Bond films, so he’s the perfect candidate to share his knowledge. As is Ben Mauro, an artist with another impressive film CV. His concept art tips start on page 70. A big thank you to Jana Schirmer and, of course, our brilliant cover artist Alex Garner, for sharing their art and advice with us, too.
On page 114 we speak to one of my favourite creature artists, Terryl Whitlatch. What I love about Terryl’s interview is how many times she mentions she’s learning something – a new skill, a technique gleaned from an artist she’s studying. So, when you feel down about having so much to learn, don’t be disheartened. Even our idols never stop learning. Instead – as Terryl says – make your mistakes your best teachers.
P.S. Memo to Elisabeth Alba, this month’s Artist in Residence on page 24: can we swap views? My office desk overlooks a car park…