Welcome. . . to up­ping your game

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

Okay, I have to ad­mit some­thing. I’ve never played The Leg­end of Zelda. I know, it’s a dis­grace. The equiv­a­lent of hav­ing never lis­tened to The Bea­tles, or kind of know­ing my mother’s birth­day… I’m ashamed.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t ap­pre­ci­ate what an iconic char­ac­ter Link is. The first pixel per­son, in fact, that came to mind when think­ing about reimag­in­ing a clas­sic game char­ac­ter for the cover. Artist Even Mehl Amund­sen was the per­fect artist for the job, mak­ing old Linky poos his very own. Check out how he did it on page 56.

Now that you’ve got your copy, I hope you en­joy the free Ebook of amaz­ing game art that comes with it (see page 29), filled with 18 work­shops for you to pore over. That’s af­ter you get through the awe­some stuff in these pages. Eliott Lilly makes you take an art test… no wait, come back! Don’t you know that ‘test’ has the same num­ber of letters as ‘game’? (I know!!) Plus, fol­low­ing Eliott’s work­shop on page 68 is not only fun, but will also set you right for when you have to prove your skills to hir­ing stu­dios.

There are plenty of other in­sight­ful work­shops in here too, but a high­light for me was speak­ing to Ge­of­frey Er­nault about his en­try into art. Tem­po­rar­ily blinded as a kid, his dad talked him through the Star Wars films, while the artist cre­ated his own im­agery. On page 40 you can see the work he’s now cre­at­ing as a pro… Right! Time to fire up ‘ The Nintendo’ to play ‘Link’. He’s a leg­end, af­ter all.

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