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Artist Portfolio Reviews Session 2 (times previously reserved via sign-ups)
(2504 B 10:30AM – 12:30PM)
Jon Foster Special Guest Interview
(Main Stage 10:30 – 11:30)
Jon Foster would have to be considered one of the top concept artists working today. He has a very strong following among the Sci-fi / Sci-fantasy community. He is a sought out speaker and lecturer on the subject and is a superstar illustrator who has won many of the top honors in the fantasy world, including two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Artist As Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur: Tara McPherson, Charles Vess, Thomas Kubler, Eric Joyner, and Coop.
(2502 B 10:30 – 11:30)
Greg Spalenka moderates this panel discussion on art career sustainability with Tara McPherson, Charles Vess, Thomas Kubler, Eric Joyner, and Coop. Learn entrepreneurial strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms.
White Cloud World Panel: Paul Tobin and Guest
(2502 A 11:30 – 12:30)
In three short years White Cloud Worlds has gone from a small garage project of 5 artists to becoming New Zealand’s leading publication for over 50 local Science Fiction and Fantasy artists. Currently it profiles artists with two anthologies sold world wide, a touring exhibition and regular workshops and convention attendances both at home and in the US and Europe. Paul Tobin and guests share their experiences on White Cloud Worlds and how artists can empower themselves to create their own business and publishing opportunities through their artistic work.
Alien Creature Workshop: Terryl Whitlatch
(2503 11:30 – 12:30)
Star Wars creature designer, Terryl Whitlatch demonstrates how to create fantastic yet utterly believable creatures with an emphasizes the “Why”– how its lifestyle and environment affect its design and appearance.
Women in Fantasy Panel: Lauren Panepinto, Dawn Murin, Terryl Whitlatch, Tara McPherson
(2502 B 12:30 – 1:30)
A panel of renowned artists and art directors discuss the opportunities and
challenges of working in a traditionally male-dominated field. Panelists share their insights, experiences and opinions about the current state of fantasy art.
MAKING IT an Art Documentary Panel Andrew Bawidamann, Eric Fortune, and Brian Ewing
(2502 A 12:30 – 1:30)
“MAKING IT” is a Art Documentary about the daily struggles of making a living, staying creative, and making it all up as we go along. The Documentary features three
Illustrators, Andrew Bawidamann, Eric Fortune, and Brian Ewing. “MAKING IT” has been in production since September 2012 and has captured over 120 hrs of footage. Production will wrap following SFL2 and San Diego Comic Con. The Panel will begin with a Teaser, followed by a Q & A with our three featured artist and the Filmmakers.
Michael Whelan Special Guest Interview
(Main Stage 1:30 – 2:30)
Michael Whelan has been working as a science fiction and fantasy illustrator for nearly four decades. He was the first living artist to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He has provided illustrations for more than 350 books and magazines, as well as record album covers and Magic: The Gathering cards. His body of work is truly astonishing, and he has received accolades and awards including 15 Hugo Awards, three World Fantasy Awards and many, many more.
(2502 B 1:45 – 2:45)
A spectacular highlight of the Spectrum Awards show this inventive group of artists goes beyond the limits of any specific art form, challenging traditional perceptions and creating a total sensory experience unlike any other for its audience while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound and multimedia. Learn more about their artistic vision and their incorporation of the fantastic in dance.
Coloring Comics and digital painting techniques : Matt Rota
(2502 A 2:30 – 3:30)
Illustrator and School of Visual Arts faculty member Matt Rota discusses and demonstrates the latest digital coloring techniques, applications and theory for comics.
Tara McPherson Workshop
(2503 A/B 2:30 – 3:30)
Unique, undefinable and always engaging artist Tara McPherson discusses her work and career which includes providing illustrations for artists including Beck and Modest Mouse, being featured in comics and covers for DC Vertigo, and creating toys with Kidrobot and Dark Horse. Her appeal is unmistakable, and in addition to creating thought-provoking art, she has taught at Parsons, and her work is in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.