To a fresh start
The highly astute amongst you will have noticed that I am in fact not Claire Howlett. Fear not! The ImagineFX supremo is on maternity leave, and I’m taking the reigns while she’s away.
And what an issue to take over! Jana Schirmer’s cover is a stunner, and her workshop is a great account of the (thankfully) rewarding negotiation process behind it (page 64). It also helps that Jana’s a bit of a genius when it comes to depicting movement, light, form and… well, everything!
Inspired by her distinct style, we scoured the art world for 10 of the most unique artists we could find, and asked them to talk about their journey to awesomeness, and show off their favourite pieces of art. The resulting 18 pages of eye candy starts over on page 40.
If you’re up to date with Game of Thrones, you may be thinking about the irresistibly detestable Cersei Lannister in a new light. Well, Andrew Theophilopoulos’s grand portrait of the über-queen uses the old portrait artist John Singer Sargent as a springboard, and adds yet another element of intrigue to the character (page 70).
I’d also like to mention Donato Giancola’s epic on page 110. I started writing for ImagineFX in 2007, and I’m still convinced I got the job because my name’s from JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. By coincidence, this issue features Donato’s vision of the moment Beren and Lúthien got hitched. A good omen for the issues to come!