25 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 2

Today, in the second day of Christmas blog post, I’m going to talk about a cool magazine that fellow artists may want to pick up.  That magazine is the spectacular title known as ImagineFX!

ImagineFX is a magazine based in the United Kingdom but with a worldwide readership.  Published by Future plc as of January 2006, this monthly magazine features digital art (and some traditional art) that covers science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, animation (Western, anime and otherwise), and games.  They’ve featured various skilled individuals such as Donato Giancola, Frank Frazetta, Alan Lee, Moebius, Ralph McQuarrie, Olivia de Berardinis, Mark Schultz and many more.  My copy of ImagineFX April 2010

This is one of my copies of an older issue of the magazine from around April 2010.  I have a significant stack of these here with me from 2009 to 2012.  Another handy item these magazines carry is advice and tips.  They’ll tell you everything from painting digitally on the computer, how to draw with pencils, how to construct a body, depicting zombies, how to make a vampire look frightening, making torn flesh look realistic (YUCK!) and everything in between.

I draw traditionally myself and while the magazine is geared towards you artists who like to draw in Photoshop, Painter, etc, traditional artists will get a lot of mileage out of this still.  This is an opinion I actually expressed to ImagineFX when I emailed them back in 2011…lo and behold, they printed my letter in the April 2011 issue of their magazine!!

Max West's letter in ImagineFX April 2011

There it is – my letter with a contrasting viewpoint above it!  Not bad for an up-and-coming artist like me…I intend to email them again in the future and mention this blog post.

The verdict? ImagineFX is kind of on the expensive side, but well worth getting, especially if you like to make art on the computer!  And be sure to follow them on both Twitter and Facebook too!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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