New milestone: My first workshop for Imagine FX

Imagine fx

Back while I was working at my first job in the industry, I travelled about 3 hours by train every day. Early mornings and late nights. During that time when I was just starting out, and to be honest not quite ready or even good enough for a descent job. I sucked actually. Things were rough.

I was such a cliché – that skinny self-starving insecure 22 year old with big secret dreams. Secret because not too many believed in me at that time, at least not at work. Oh damn now that I look back I just wanna cringe, haha. Yes I’m still naive, but damn if you could read my thoughts back then! But well. I’m a sucker for sunshine stories. It’s not a surprise that I desperately wanted to become one during that time. It can be used as a tool for managing setbacks, that’s for sure.

Anyway. Beside drawing, and secretly building a brand new portfolio to plot my escape(Yes, while riding the train. Clever girl) I discovered Imagine FX, and got pretty boosted. Pumped with caffeine I flipped through the pages with shaky hands, ghah. Inspiring stuff. The people making those articles must’ve been so lucky. I wanted to become one of those cool kids.  You know, recognized.

Fast-forward to many years later, to this summer.

Haha, well. I really don’t feel like a cool kid what so ever, and I will never shit fairy dust unless I eat some glitter and pretend it’s… Yeah you get the point. My desires have shifted a bit and becoming a superstar is not my ultimate goal today ◠◡◠

But bet I got flattered when Claire approached me and asked if I wanted to do a workshop for them. Why HELL YEAH! ARE YOU KIDDING? They let me suggest a topic, and you can probably assume by now what I picked, mjehehehe. No further spoilers though. Hope I made it justice.

The latest issue is out now if you want to grab it, I picked up mine on my way home from an intense Pokemon Go hunt the other day. A Lapras got away, so this was a nice comfort.


And Rosso got to be a part of the front cover. Sexy. 

I’ve also been in FX Posé hmmm.. Twice I think? Once in 2011…? And 2013?? Oh wow, I can’t remember now. (You e-mail them your art and fingers crossed, they put you in queue and hopefully you’ll end up in the magazine at some point) And I remember asking them if I could work for them sometime. Never got a reply about that, and in all fairness – I wasn’t good enough at that time. Just cocky, ehehm. But I guess hard work pays off eventually! Not saying that I’m a guru or anything, most of the time I barely even know what I’m doing, haha. But I guess what I’m trying to say is that just sticking to the plan, working hard, putting yourself out there and always focusing on improving really pays off in the long run. You can’t stress that enough. If that’s what you really want ◠◡◠

One day though, it would be cool to even paint their front cover. That would feel badass, and another milestone to aim for in my professsional career. I’m not in a hurry though, hehe.

P.s. I did not get paid for this post, it’s not sponsored and I purchased the mag myself ◠◡◠

Do you read Imagine FX? Any nostalgic memories?




  1. MarschelArts 28 September, 2016 at 21:05

    Congratulations on your tutorial in Imagine FX! You should have seen my face when I saw you and the tutorial in there :D
    As for nostalgic memories… your start in the industry sounds eerily familiar to me… oO… the only difference is that I did not have that long of a commute back then ( I have that now << )
    Your tale is an inspiring one and shows how hard work will pay off later down the line and more importantly: when we go through a bad phase in our lives, it lies within us to bring us out of there :)
    For me a milestone would be to be featured in the FX Pose for once :D… tho doing tutorials, getting into teaching… is also something I aim for.

    1. Andrea 22 October, 2016 at 14:30

      Thank you!!

      Sorry to hear about your rough start, what doesn’t kill us makes us.. Yeah we know this by now ◠◡◠
      And yes I agree, it’s also important to remember the difficult times during our lives, in order to appreciate succfessful events more.

      You should keep sending them your work, I’m sure they would take you eventually! Oh yeah tutorials and teaching seems like so much fun. And challenging!

  2. Lukas 2 October, 2016 at 13:53

    Since I am a subscriber did not get Rosso on the cover… first time I feel cheated for not seeing the non-subscriber cover.

    1. Andrea 22 October, 2016 at 14:27

      Oh no? I forgot about that part! But thanks haha, I take that as a compliment ♡

  3. Rania {Rowan Tree} 16 November, 2016 at 10:16

    Men vaaaa?! Jag som inte ens tecknar (gjorde för tusen år sedan innan jag började med foto) älskar och finner inspiration i Imagine FX – fy fan vad kul att du är med, stort grattis! Länge sedan jag köpte ett nummer men nu måste jag ju slå till om det fortfarande är numret med dig i som är ute i butik? Iiih! Heja dig :D

    1. Andrea 16 November, 2016 at 18:59

      Nä va kul att du brukade läsa den! :D Tack så mycket!
      Åh, det numret var aktuellt i September, så den finns nog bara som lösa ex, eller som digital PDF tror jag.. Men värt att kolla upp!

  4. petter 17 December, 2016 at 23:44

    Jag läste den precis i tidningen och såg en bild jag kände igen, märkte då att det var du som gjort den :D för jag watchar dig på DeviantArt med!


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