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I’m a concept artist at IllFonic in Denver, US, and I love your magazine. I’ve just finished watching Mark Zug’s oil painting workshop from issue 108 and it was probably the finest oil painting video tutorial I’ve ever seen. Mark’s explanation for his actions and great narration made it a complete joy to watch. Now, I’m a digital painter 90 per cent of the time, but I started with oil paint and still do it on occasion when time permits. But there was so much to take away from that workshop that could be applied to any medium. It’s also made me really excited to start a new oil painting. Thank you so much for taking ImagineFX into the traditional realm. Even digital artists like myself appreciate it. Matt Hubel, via email Claire replies Matt, thanks so much for getting in touch. I forwarded on your kind words to Mark Zug, who was very happy that you liked his video workshop. We’re loving the traditional art section too.
My name is Magnus and I’m the owner of the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum ( www.skrimsli.is), in the small village of Bildudalur in the west fjords of Iceland. We’ve been looking for some fine sea monster art to decorate our restaurant. I’m a great fan of your magazine and in issue 107 there’s a beautiful drawing on page 47. Do you think the artist would be willing to give us a permit to use his art in our museum, and what do you think that will cost? The file resolution needs to be rather good as the printed size will be about 2.50x4m.
Magnus Oskarsson, via email
Claire replies Magnus, I’ve taken a look at your museum (only online, sadly) and it looks wonderful. If I’m ever in Iceland (it’s on my list of places to visit) I will definitely add it to my itinerary. The image you mention is by Wayne Reynolds. Only he can say whether he’s happy for you to use his image, so I’ve forwarded on your request.
Slam dunk! You guys have done it again! Great, informative and helpful articles by some really great artists. I especially enjoyed Genzoman’s article in issue 107, I’ve followed him on deviantART for years. I enjoyed looking at his energetic style and composition, and the great insight he gave into his thought process. This magazine should be a part of every artist’s periodical collection, hands down! Dave Curbis, via email Claire replies Well, you can’t get much better than a slam dunk, can you? Unless it involves gin. We love Genzoman too, Dave.
Your magazine is excellent. It’s inspired me to get back to traditional artwork as well as try a new line in digital painting. What I would love, though, is for you to do a special issue devoted to budget art applications. Because I’m just starting to get to grips with the basics, I find it hard to justify the heavy price tags of some software, and I’m currently using GIMP (free) and PaintTool SAI (£30) for my art. If you could do an issue devoted to these programs, and any others you could suggest for newbies, it would help us all no end. Kelvin Moore, via email Claire replies Thanks for your suggestions, Kelvin, I’ll see what I can do. Have you seen our beginner’s guide series to Google’s SketchUp? It’s on page 77 and a brilliant introduction to this free tool.
Matt thought Mark Zug’s oil painting video in issue 108 was the best he’s seen – and got him excited about using his oils again.
Sea monster aficionado Magnus would like to display this dynamic image by Wayne Reynolds in his museum.