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ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

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!

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