Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Easy as 1.2.3. – Lauren Panepinto

Location: Graham Auditorium

EASY AS 1.2.3.

1: Social Media/Self Promo
2: Portfolios
3: Contracts & Invoicing & Paperwork
You’re alone in an alley and the vermin of the seedy underbelly emerge from the cracks and crevices, they’ve chosen you as the unassuming victim. You drop the contents in your arms, your precious papers scatter, you scream, and turn to run. There’s nowhere to go, your path is blocked in all directions and miasmatic darkness has engulfed you. You’re sure this is it, you're going to meet your maker and there is no hope. “Yeah,” you think to yourself, “This pretty much sums up the life of a fledgling illustrator.” The world that could sustain your creative success seems overwhelming and more terrifying than a giant crocodilian man-beast. You shudder in defeat and call to the heavens for a sign. Miraculously a ray of hope appears. A shining green letter L on the silvery clouds above. Is it a vigilante crime fighter? A super-powered bearer of magical jewelry? Nope, it's much more useful…it’s Lauren Panepinto! An icon in the industry and a beacon of hope for aspiring illustrators across the globe. Her posts, articles, workshops, seminars, and professional generosity have created a legion of fans and there’s a reason why; she’s here to help you ace your next portfolio review, what to expect when working with professionals, how to handle social media, and get you paid. Everybody loves dollar bills ya’ll. Join Lauren as she gives you the advice you need most to drive your new creative career to new levels. For the record, while we can’t prove that Lauren moonlights as a vigilante crimefighter, let’s just say we haven't found proof she doesn’t, just saying.



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Mar
23
9:45 AM09:45

Visual Storytelling–Carl Potts

THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING

Location: GRAND HALL

All sequential visual storytelling media - comics, film, TV, etc.- are composed of three main creative elements: Narrative, Visuals and Sequential Visual Storytelling. This comprehensive seminar covers all three, but with a special emphasis on sequential visual storytelling. To learn what to show, and how to show it when telling your sequential visual story, you must attend this seminar! Join Carl Potts, the artist/writer/editor who discovered and mentored many of comics’ top talents, as he gives a concentrated symposium that will give you the tools to tell clear and compelling visual tales!

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Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

Brinklit–Dani Hedlund

Brinklit

Location: GRAND HALL

Dani Hedlund believes that storytelling is a tool that can be used to empower people and change lives. In this seminar, Hedlund, the Founder & CEO of the Brink Literacy Project and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of F(r)iction Magazine, will give attendees an overview of her life-long efforts to foster a love of literature, increase literacy rates, and use storytelling to empower underserved communities through the education, community and publishing divisions of Brink.

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Mar
23
12:10 PM12:10

World Building–Jon Sideriadis

WORLD–BUILDING FOR DEMI–GODS

Location: Graham Auditorium

You're reading Artistacon’s workshop descriptions and you stumble upon Zaxterra 19935 and think "who thinks of this malarky?" We do! We’re aware it needs a bit of work and admit our world-building skills need a bit of help as well. That's why you'll find us attending Jon's seminar soaking up all the glorious world-building knowledge he is going to drop. Join us as he demonstrates how to create compelling places you'll want to visit and other locales where you'll want to drop a danger beacon, warning other spacetime travelers to steer clear. After you have a solid grasp on your destination of choice, and all the creepy crawlies that inhabit your cosmos traveling vivarium, you'll need to know how to make them look amazing! Jon has that market cornered as well. I guess you could say this will be an EVOLUTIONARY workshop!

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Process Makes Perfect – Neil Carlin

PROCESS MAKES PERFECT: THE ART OF THE SKETCH

Location: Graham Auditorium

Oodles of doodles! The yummy scrumptious blend of thoughts, designs, conception, and investigation all mixed together with a bit of tender loving care. Neilson Carlin, artist of the Holy Family Portrait for the Meeting of the Family in 2015 and grand liturgical multi-figure works demonstrates the art of designing a masterpiece from the initial conceptions to finished color studies and beyond, Explore the process of disegno and how it has been the muse of the masters for millennia,



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Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Blending Genres for Illustration–Clark Huggins

Combining Genres for Illustration

Location: GRAND HALL

Genre is infused into just about every piece of Sci Fi and Fantasy art out there. But what if genre wasn't set in stone? What if it was something fluid, transmutable, and controllable, and something you could to push and stretch to suit your purpose? Artist Clark Huggins created Reckless Deck, the idea generating card deck series, to help facilitate making these kinds of bold, genre-mashing choices. Clark will discuss how his experiences in both the art , film, and theater world combined to reveal how the genre tropes that appear in sci fi and fantasy can be wielded as a tool to make your art more provocative, more original, and more personal.


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Mar
23
3:10 PM15:10

Drawing Dinosaurs – Jason Poole

Drawing Dinosaurs

Location: Graham Auditorium

Join Jason Poole paleontologist, Philadelphia Academy of Science fossil preparator, and published Jurassic vertebrate illustrator as he shows you how to portray convincing prehistoric beasts. This workshop will prepare the prehistoric illustrator in you for Sunday’s creative sketching bootcamp.

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Mar
23
4:30 PM16:30

You’re A Better Artist Than You Think You Are: How To Improve Quickly Without Ever Picking Up A Pencil – Chris Oatley

Location: Graham Auditorium

Chris Oatley is a Visual Development Artist and Illustrator for Disney, The host of iTunes’ #1 Illustration Podcast and the Director of The Oatley Academy Of Visual Storytelling. In this deeply emotional and inspiring presentation, you’ll learn: How Chris almost destroyed his own animation career before it even got started (and what to do if the same thing happens to you). The best way to harvest oranges in Southern California (and what that has to do with maintaining a successful art career). What a great mentor can do for you that you probably can’t do for yourself. …and the one, major mindset shift that will improve your art instantaneously



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