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Good and bad

I wanted to write in and say how much I’ve en­joyed my sub­scrip­tion to Imag­ineFX. I’ve learned a lot from the tu­to­ri­als and my own work has im­proved so much!

I was dis­ap­pointed by the re­cent manga is­sue, though. De­spite the ar­rest­ing cover art, there was noth­ing about ac­tual manga – that is, the se­quen­tial art. Manga style il­lus­tra­tions are nice, but they’re the ic­ing on the cake. It would have been nice to see work­shops that ad­dressed mak­ing ac­tual manga pages, or work­ing in dif­fer­ent gen­res of manga. Sonya Kin­sey, via email Claire replies Good to hear from you, Sonya. With the most re­cent manga art spe­cial (is­sue 140), we wanted to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. We reg­u­larly pro­duce a manga themed is­sue and it’s usu­ally one of our most pop­u­lar is­sues. We felt we’d cov­ered off those as­pects in pre­vi­ous is­sues and wanted to bring some­thing new to the ta­ble. But we’ll cer­tainly bear your view in mind when we’re plan­ning the next one. What do other read­ers think? Are we get­ting the bal­ance right? Please email in and let us know.

Un­der cover

I’m a long-term reader of Imag­ineFX – thank you for all the great dig­i­tal art – and I have a ques­tion about some­thing that has long in­trigued me. Namely, how do you se­lect your cover artist for each is­sue? Or in­stead, do they in fact choose you? June Krieger, via email Claire replies Thanks for your ques­tion June. Be­cause ul­ti­mately we need peo­ple to pick up the mag­a­zine and buy it, the cover is the most im­por­tant page in it. Art ed­i­tor Daniel Vin­cent and I al­ways pick the artist, af­ter a lot of re­search on­line. We try to get the best pos­si­ble artist within the is­sue’s genre or theme, ap­proach them and tell them what we are af­ter. They usu­ally say yes, and then two or three weeks of email ex­changes be­tween the three of us be­gins. The cover di­rec­tion process can be a chal­lenge be­cause it’s over email – we’d much pre­fer a face-to-face dis­cus­sion – but is al­ways re­ward­ing in the end. Hope­fully, most of the time, we get it right!

Turn­ing over a new leaf

I just wanted to write in and let you know how much I en­joyed your book il­lus­tra­tion spe­cial. It’s not an area of dig­i­tal art I’d given much thought to be­fore. But the is­sue, and es­pe­cially both the in­ter­view with the fas­ci­nat­ing Marc Si­mon­etti – his story, his work ethic, his opin­ions – and the piece on how to break into chil­dren’s il­lus­tra­tion re­ally opened my eyes and fired up my imag­i­na­tion. Thank you Imag­ineFX. Mar­ion Meeks, via email Claire replies Many thanks for email­ing in Mar­ion. We’re so glad the is­sue hit the mark.

Tra­di­tion­ally speak­ing

I’m re­ally en­joy­ing your mag­a­zine and feel like I’ve just sat through a dig­i­tal art class af­ter read­ing ev­ery is­sue. On putting the mag­a­zine down, I al­ways feel full of both fresh ideas and tech­niques I’m com­pelled to try out. My only re­quest, if this isn’t too im­per­ti­nent, is that I’d love to see even more tra­di­tional art in Imag­ineFX. Though I con­sider my­self pri­mar­ily a dig­i­tal artist, I find it so in­spir­ing and it’s made me pick up a paint­brush again af­ter a long ab­sence. But oth­er­wise, please keep up the great work. Kian Grif­fin, via email Claire replies Hello Kian, thanks for get­ting in touch. We’re fairly happy with the ra­tio of dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional art in the mag­a­zine at the mo­ment, although it’s an open ques­tion we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor. What do other read­ers think? Do get in touch and let me know!

How­ever, you may be pleased to hear that a new spe­cial is­sue of Imag­ineFX, Prac­ti­cal Painter Vol 2, has just come out. It’s packed full of tra­di­tional con­tent from the finest pro­fes­sional artists around. You’ll find more in­for­ma­tion about it on page 92. We all hope you and other artists like it.

Reader Mar­ion Meeks was im­pressed with what French il­lus­tra­tor Marc Si­mon­etti had to say in is­sue 143.

Sonya Kin­sey wanted to see more page craft tech­niques in our re­cent manga-themed is­sue.

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