Wel­come to the open­ing credit

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

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…

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