Wel­come... to a very epic fan­tasy

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

Each new se­ries of Game of Thrones is a cal­en­dar high­light for any self-re­spect­ing fan­tasy fan. This April’s air­ing of sea­son four has been marked in mine for some time. I love the per­fectly sketched char­ac­ters, painted up with in­trigu­ing de­tail and back­story. Then there’s, well, ev­ery­thing in the frame. The dis­tinct en­vi­ron­ments, the cas­tles, the cos­tumes, the drag­ons! So much thought, craft and imag­i­na­tion is on show, it’s enough to keep an artist in­spired un­til the next sea­son.

So what bet­ter time to ex­plore the art of the Seven King­doms, and what bet­ter way to kick things off than Mélanie Delon’s stun­ning cover work­shop of Daen­erys Tar­garyen, sit­ting on the dragon-forged Iron Throne that she so cov­ets.

On page 40 we speak to the key cre­atives in­volved in not only the TV se­ries but the vast, ever-ex­pand­ing world of Ice and Fire art: the book cov­ers, the card art, the cal­en­dars. We also chat with au­thor Ge­orge RR Martin about his role in much of it.

On page 70 Pol­ish artist Grze­gorz Rutkowski has a crack at an epic bat­tle, framed by a mighty wall of ice (that you may recog­nise). Over on page 78 we’ve asked Miles John­ston to ex­plain how he cre­ates ut­terly unique paint­ings from ref­er­ence pho­tos, and flick to page 84 to find Daren Hor­ley’s se­crets in cre­at­ing an orig­i­nal movie monster.

There’s loads more, but be­fore all that, join me in tak­ing one more awed look at the mighty Khaleesi… Right! Let’s get started.

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