WEL­COME... to art that tells a story

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

One of the first chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tions that made an im­pact on me was a Tony Ross paint­ing of Roald Dahl’s Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox. Al­though Quentin Blake went on to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate Foxy for many in the 90s, it was Tony’s cheeky Mr Fox, car­ry­ing a suc­cu­lent chicken away from the moody, sal­low-faced farm­ers, that lodged in my brain­box. I can’t re­call ev­ery story de­tail, yet that im­age is as clear in my mind as it was waaaaaaay back then! And who knows? Maybe Wylie Beck­ert’s de­light­ful dream­like cover paint­ing could have a sim­i­lar im­pact on some of our younger read­ers… Go to page 62 and see how she cre­ated it.

That’s the power of book il­lus­tra­tion, and the strand of art found in kid’s books es­pe­cially. And it’s some­thing we cel­e­brate in this is­sue. We start on page 42 by speak­ing to some fan­tas­tic artists work­ing in this mag­i­cal medium – from the ethe­real art of Cory God­bey, to Tony DiTer­l­izzi’s mo­tion pic­ture-in­spir­ing Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles art, and the im­agery of Euro­pean star Lis­beth Zw­erger.

Cory takes a mas­ter­class on crea­ture de­sign on page 68, and turn to page 76 for Tony’s book cover work­shop. There’s also a stu­dio pro­file on the mighty Tor Books, Charles Vess takes on the state of fan­tasy art, and Brian Froud’s sketch­book lit­er­ally speaks for it­self… With the inim­itable Nick Har­ris ex­plor­ing the soft­ware Mis­chief on page 82, I’d say that’s a pretty good start for em­bark­ing on your own cre­ations, what­ever the age of your au­di­ence.

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