Lord Ggripptogg, a recently rediscovered  Power Lords character design from Wayne Barlowe circa 1983.

Lord Ggripptogg, a recently rediscovered  Power Lords character design from Wayne Barlowe circa 1983.

5/23/2013

Thank you SPECTRUM Art LIVE 2!

Brynn and me, at the end of all things (till next year) 
I’ve been sitting here at my keyboard for the last 40 minutes trying to figure out where to start, how I could possibly line up the experience of last weekend and pick a starting point. I’ve just realized I’m an idiot, I know exactly where to start.

THANK YOU ARNIE AND CATHY FENNER!

In 2003 I flew to the Bay Area from Bangkok Thailand, to attend a school I had never seen in a place I had never been to. I knew vaguely that I wanted to be an “illustrator” but honestly I barely knew the meaning of the word, to say I had no idea what I was doing is putting it lightly. Then, in a random dorm room a kid I didn’t know handed this huge book, SPECTRUM 10. When I cracked that thing open I knew who I wanted to be, what I wanted to do and most importantly I knew there was a place for me.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has given us all a place to belong, where for a weekend we can completely indulge and not meter our selves. One can vent their frustrations on trying to mix the same temperature of white then turn around and share their opinion on the latest film adaptation of their favorite book. Mutual respect and gushing admiration happen in the same breath.

It’s been this progression of finding my place in the community. From opening my first Spectrum and realizing that there even was a community, to somehow sharing a space on those pages and now to meet and share a drink with people whom I’ve admired from a far for so long.
laughingsquid:

Detroit’s RoboCop Statue is Now Ready to Be Cast in Bronze
coryloftis:

Sketched at the booth today.

coryloftis:

Sketched at the booth today.

blackroseponpon:

Here is what I got from Spectrum on Saturday~ There were more people this year. The big print is from Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. She was at Spectrum last year and I fell in love with her artwork. Plus she’s really sweet & cute. ♡ The little one is from Annie Stegg. It’s Thumbelina so I had to get it. She had the originals with her and they were gorgeous. My sister got several prints from her as well. The buttons are from Fiona Meng, she was such a sweetie and loved my sister and I. You can’t see them too well here, but they are beautiful.
Overall I had alot of fun~ I feel really lucky that Spectrum is happening so close to where we live. It’s such a unique art convention and there were some really amazing artists there. I loved seeing Virginie Ropar’s figures in person, she’s sooo amazing. Also seeing Marina Bychkova’s (enchanted doll) ball jointed dolls in person was amazing, they were lovely.

blackroseponpon:

Here is what I got from Spectrum on Saturday~ There were more people this year. The big print is from Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. She was at Spectrum last year and I fell in love with her artwork. Plus she’s really sweet & cute. ♡ The little one is from Annie Stegg. It’s Thumbelina so I had to get it. She had the originals with her and they were gorgeous. My sister got several prints from her as well. The buttons are from Fiona Meng, she was such a sweetie and loved my sister and I. You can’t see them too well here, but they are beautiful.

Overall I had alot of fun~ I feel really lucky that Spectrum is happening so close to where we live. It’s such a unique art convention and there were some really amazing artists there. I loved seeing Virginie Ropar’s figures in person, she’s sooo amazing. Also seeing Marina Bychkova’s (enchanted doll) ball jointed dolls in person was amazing, they were lovely.

johnleedraws:

Man, Spectrum is always a blast. Here’s an obligatory swag pic, but my favorite part about it was seeing new work and meeting new illustrators. This time around it was also great to meet up with people who I know through social media, but haven’t necessarily met face to face.I’m looking forward to being back in KC in a couple of weeks to start the Illustration Academy! I got to meet a lot of the TAD crew this weekend, and I’m beyond excited to go “back to school.” 

johnleedraws:

Man, Spectrum is always a blast. Here’s an obligatory swag pic, but my favorite part about it was seeing new work and meeting new illustrators. This time around it was also great to meet up with people who I know through social media, but haven’t necessarily met face to face.

I’m looking forward to being back in KC in a couple of weeks to start the Illustration Academy! I got to meet a lot of the TAD crew this weekend, and I’m beyond excited to go “back to school.” 

collectorsshangrila:

Cathy and Arnie Fenner at the Spectrum 20 Awards - Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

collectorsshangrila:

Cathy and Arnie Fenner at the Spectrum 20 Awards - Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

collectorsshangrila:

Mouse Guard FCBD page 4 original art by Spectrum Award-Winner David Petersen 

collectorsshangrila:

Mouse Guard FCBD page 4 original art by Spectrum Award-Winner David Petersen 

Finally back home in Colorado after an amazing weekend at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. I had the opportunity to meet quite a few artists I’ve grown up admiring, had some great portfolio reviews, made some incredible new contacts, and received some VERY exciting new job opportunities that I can’t wait to share with you all soon! I’m planning on having a booth next year and if not I will definitely be in attendance. What an incredibly fun trip with amazing people.

csully:

Stay tuned!

theartofmetalhand:

#c2e2bookshelf #spectrum #anatomy #sorayama #frazetta #watercolor (at broke drawers)

theartofmetalhand:

#c2e2bookshelf #spectrum #anatomy #sorayama #frazetta #watercolor (at broke drawers)