To a beastly edi­tion!

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter - Claire Howlett, Ed­i­tor claire@imag­

Greet­ings! Well, what can I tell you? I've had such a won­der­ful time work­ing on this is­sue. Now, don't get me wrong, ev­ery is­sue of Imag­ineFX is a joy to work on. It's just that this one was just a lit­tle bit more spe­cial. I got to see close hand the never-end­ing, up­beat cre­ativ­ity from cover artist Aaron Blaise. The guy is an art ma­chine! No won­der that he's the vi­sion­ary artist be­hind some of Dis­ney's most popular and en­dur­ing an­i­mated crea­tures. Aaron was a joy to work with on the cover – he was full of ideas and con­stant cre­ativ­ity! (Hmm, I won­der if he’d like to do next month's cover as well?!) I fully rec­om­mend that you take the time to read his work­shop and watch his video, too.

Do you know what else brought me joy this month? Our long­stand­ing Artist Q& A fea­ture. I loved the va­ri­ety of im­agery and art styles from the likes of Ross Tran and oth­ers. I also loved work­ing with 3D vi­sion­ary Pas­cal Blanché. I'm a great fan of his work, so was very ex­cited to see how he builds his im­agery. And, if you need even more crit­ter art, there's an ex­tra­or­di­nary menagerie of crea­tures over on page 42. Some of my favourite artists are nes­tled within those very pages.

Also – and at a clear risk of sound­ing like your par­ents – have you thought about Christ­mas yet? We've got a bun­dle of stuff that would make great presents: from mag­a­zine binders (page 75), cu­rated spe­cial edi­tions (pages 23 and 90) and a bril­liant new print and dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion bun­dle (page 32). En­joy!

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