Just to say that the highlight of the post is usually receiving my copy of ImagineFX, so I was quite disappointed in this month’s issue of explosive environments [ImagineFX, issue 139].
As a budding environment artist I was awaiting great things in this issue, and sadly throughout the entire magazine I have found nothing inspirational or motivational. This is quite rare to happen, in fact I don’t remember a time when I was completely uninspired. I don’t feel there was anything that grabbed my eye. This issue just feels like it’s lacking something that’s usually there, no question. Angela Hosking, via email
Claire replies Oh dear, I’m so sorry to hear this. In the issue you speak of, I personally loved the epic environments feature, and I adored the work of Maxwell Boas and Oscar Gregeborn. I’m also a big fan of Coro, who gave us a traditional art workshop.
I hope this edition fares better for you. Every issue we deliver different themes to get your creative juices flowing, so if you say that you’re a budding environment artist, you may not initially think that there’s anything in this manga issue for you, but hopefully you’ll see beyond the art and take advice from the teachings.
Even showing work from some of the best environment artists around wasn’t enough to float Angela’s boat.