Get­ting an­i­mated

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I’ve been a reader of this mag­a­zine since is­sue 50. It al­ways inspired me while I was study­ing an­i­ma­tion. Now that I’m work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally as a dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tor, I par­tic­u­larly en­joy your is­sues that fo­cus more on the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try. Is­sues 113 and 124 have been some of my favourites thus far, be­cause the in­sight into other pro­fes­sion­als re­minds me that no mat­ter how tough the job can be at times, I’m al­ways grate­ful that I get to ex­plore such a stylis­ti­cally open realm, such as an­i­ma­tion. The con­stant boost in en­thu­si­asm is al­ways welcome, so I can make the most of my ex­pe­ri­ences. Mark Kilkelly, Ire­land. Beren replies It’s great to get this spe­cific pos­i­tive feed­back from read­ers. We have loads of fun putting to­gether each is­sue, but it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber what our read­ers get ex­cited about. An­i­ma­tion is one of those in­dus­tries where there’s a wealth of trans­fer­able skills, so whether you’re a sto­ry­boarder, il­lus­tra­tor or comic artist, the ad­vice from an­i­ma­tion artists is in­valu­able. We’re also look­ing to make more an­i­ma­tion is­sues, so hope­fully you’ll stay en­thused and inspired for is­sues to come!

Mon­ster mash!

As a fledg­ling il­lus­tra­tor fresh out of art school and want­ing to do both tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal art, Donglu Yu’s ap­proach has helped me view pho­to­bash­ing in a new light. Want­ing to paint things from scratch and use ref­er­ence as a guide, pho­to­bash­ing had al­ways con­jured up a bad taste for me. But Donglu’s ap­proach in is­sue 124, with her want­ing to paint slightly over the photos to make ev­ery­thing re­tain a painterly feel, puts my over-think­ing mind at ease. I’m mostly a tra­di­tional artist with a strength for char­ac­ters, but this will make my self­taught dig­i­tal train­ing a breeze. Izzy Reza, via email

Here’s an ex­am­ple of Mark’s work for Dis­ney’s Wan­der over Yon­der.

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