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ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

As part of my job, I’m of­ten re­quired to ask an artist to make changes to their paint­ing, be it a cover or work­shop im­age. I’ll ad­mit that some­times I’ve felt ret­i­cent to do this – de­spite my con­fi­dence that my re­quests will im­prove the im­age. I’m aware that the artist may be up­set by my sug­gested al­ter­ations. Most of us would ad­mit to be­ing ap­pre­hen­sive about change – es­pe­cially if it’s re­lated to some­thing we have an emo­tional at­tach­ment to. Do you recog­nise this in yourself? It’s easy for our de­fence mech­a­nism to tense up ready for bat­tle be­fore a word is even spo­ken in these sit­u­a­tions. I think most people would ad­mit to that.

It’s hard to let go of that feel­ing, but let go of it we must. Change will al­ways bring a pos­i­tive, a de­vel­op­ment or an ad­vance­ment. It will make you re­alise what your work means to you. A good shake of the tree may up­root a great deal, but will also re­veal what holds firm.

In his bril­liant cover art work­shop, Jeff Simp­son pon­ders the fate of an artist who doesn’t try to bring some­thing fresh to their work. What can you do to add some­thing dif­fer­ent to your art? Can you be the artist who brings about changes to their own im­ages? We’re not al­ways talk­ing about mas­sive game-chang­ing al­ter­ations, here. It could be far less seis­mic: if you al­ways paint char­ac­ters, try work­ing on an en­vi­ron­ment. Or could you try a new colour pal­ette, or paint us­ing dif­fer­ent brushes than your nor­mal set?

Give that tree a shake and see what hap­pens…

Claire Howlett, Edi­tor claire@imag­inefx.com

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