SATURDAY PROGRAMMING

September 7, 2019

Last updated 08/30/19. More updates as we approach the event!

 
 

 
 

10:00 AM

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Freelance Illustration with the iPad with Jarom Vogel

Jarom Vogel melds the low-tech inspiration of paper cutout art with the high-tech combination of digital art and augmented reality to create his energetic illustrations. He discusses the ins and outs of freelancing with Procreate on the iPad.

LOCATION: Room 104/105, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Sony Pictures Animation: The Story Artist Story with Guillermo Martinez, Miguel Jiron, Caitlin VanArsdale

Speakers: Guillermo Martinez (head of story), Miguel Jiron (head of story) and Caitlin VanArsdale (story artist)

Join Story department leadership from Sony Pictures Animation to learn about their personal journeys… in the form of hilarious storyboard pitches!

Recording during this talk is strictly prohibited

LOCATION: Main Ballroom, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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The Importance of Authenticity in Animation with Noah Klocek

Join Noah Klocek as he talks about the current explosion of new content and distribution worldwide, there is an opportunity for a diversity of subject matter, point of view and style that feature animation has never seen before. This diversity, however, is not guaranteed. Feature film animation can often suffer from looking at its past work for direction and inspiration. While there is value in looking at our past, if we do in look inside for the path to the future we can miss the opportunities this renaissance of content has created.

Recording during this talk is prohibited.

LOCATION: Room 101, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 
 
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Illustrative Wizardry (for League of Legends) with Jessica Oyhenart & Esben Rasmussen

Join Jessica Oyhenart & Esben Rasmussen (Riot Games) as they arm your illustration tool-kit with magical tips-and-tricks to get you from ideation to completion.

LOCATION: Room 102, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 
 

 
 
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The Fractal Method of Figure Drawing with Marcelo Vignali

In this workshop, top industry Visual Designer, Marcelo Vignali, will teach you how to apply his Fractal Method to help you organize your thoughts, develop your design skills, and help you maintain balance and proportion in your work. The Fractal Method is a practical approach that applies directly to character design, background design, prop design, and designing compositions -- essential skills for any artist working in animation, games or entertainment media.

LOCATION: Room 103, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Jumpstart your Illustration Career (while staying true to yourself, your art, and your identity) with Deborah Lee

Is it style? Voice? Luck? Networking? Confidence? Practice? Deep, deep anxiety? Surprise, it's all of them! Join Deborah Lee as she discusses what she wishes she knew before her career as an author and illustrator working with freelance clients such as NPR, Macmillan, Chronicle Books, and Harper Collins. Deborah will also discuss insights into incorporating her experiences with mental illness and Asian-American identity into her work.

Note: This talk may include mentions of abuse and self-harm.

LOCATION: Room 106, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

 
 

 
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Arte y vida como artista con Humberto Ramos y Francisco Herrera

Desde historietas, animación y parques temáticos, entre los dos, lo han hecho todo. Únase a los artistas Humberto Ramos y Francisco Herrera mientras hablan sobre el arte, la vida como artista y las lecciones que aprendieron en el camino.

Grabar durante esta conferencia está prohibido

From Comicbooks to animation to theme parks, between the two of them, they've done it all. Join artists Humberto Ramos and Francisco Herrera as they talk about art, life as an artist and the lessons they learned along the way.

This presentation will be in Spanish. Recording during this talk is prohibited.

LOCATION: Room 204, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Virtual Wha? Making Art in Other Realities. It’s Pretty Sweet, Y’all — Come Learn!

Speakers: Estella Tse, Amber Goelst and Vladimir Illic

Virtual, augmented, mixed realities — oh my! The “XR” alphabet is quite a mouthful and can be intimidating to many artists and designers. How can my 2D traditional skills translate into virtual art? How do I pivot my visual storytelling skills into the field of innovation? Estella Tse, Amber Goelst, and Vladimir Illic will share with you how these immersive mediums have expanded their artistic expression, have allowed new opportunities for designers, and how they are shaping a new creative industry. 

LOCATION: Room 208, Conference Center

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Creature Design for Entertainment with Brynn Metheney 

Join concept artist Brynn Metheney for a lecture about creature design! Brynn will discuss how she uses her fascination with animals to help build believable creatures, the principles she’s found useful in starting and finishing a concept, and the differences in designing creatures for a variety of different industries.

LOCATION: Room 209/210, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Persistence of Vision with Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise will be focusing on all of the twists and turns of his career and how it's a persistent vision of wanting to be an artist that has kept him going.

LOCATION: Room 207, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 
 

 
 
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Adding 3D Tools to Your Illustration Workflow

Join Alexandria Neonakis as she goes over how and why she uses 3D software as a base for 2D illustrations. Listen in as she covers her entire workflow from concept to final, walking people through her thought process at every stage.

LOCATION: Room 211, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 
 

 
 
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Steve Wang

Join Steve Wang for a live 60 minutes demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 1, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Karla Ortiz

Join Karla Ortiz for a live 120 minutes demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 2, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Ben Mauro

Join Ben Mauro for a live 90 minutes demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 4, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 
 

 
 
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Armand Serrano

Join Armand Serrano for a live 120 minute demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 5, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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‘Why I love pencils so much’ with Viktor Kalvachev

Join Viktor Kalvachev as he shares his vision, approach and techniques for pencil drawings and how he uses them to quickly find the right shape, style and character for his many different projects.

LOCATION: Room 214, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 

Photoshop Brush Magic with Kyle Webster

Join Adobe’s Illustration Evangelist and creator of the Kyle Brush library, Kyle T. Webster, as he leads a deep exploration of the true illustrative power of advanced Photoshop brushes. You will learn expert drawing and painting techniques that take full advantage of Photoshop’s complex (and often under-utilized) brush settings panel, discover ways to effectively emulate your favorite natural media tools, and gain a better understanding of how the right brushes can improve your own digital art workflow.

LOCATION: Room 107, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 
 

 
 
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Creating the Illustrated Novel: The Artist Author's Journey

Panelist: Iain McCaig, Greg Manchess, Mia Araujo, and Armand Baltazar. Moderated by John Picacio

Join this amazing group of illustrators, concept artists, and visual storytellers as they share the journey of creating the art and writing their stories. We’ll discuss the business of getting published, and why the drive for artists to create their own visual stories is so important for their careers and compelling to the world at large.

LOCATION: Room 212, Conference Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 
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Rafael Teruel

Join Rafael Teruel for a live 60 minute demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 3, Exhibition Center

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 
 

 
 

11:15 AM

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Charcoal Techniques for Costumed Figure Drawing with Francis Vallejo

Join Francis Vallejo (Anansi Boys, Jazz Day, Figure Drawing Instructor at the College for Creative Studies) as he demonstrates a charcoal technique that uses 3 simple values to quickly block in a costumed figure. Suggested materials if you would like to draw along: compressed charcoal, white smooth drawing paper, rubber erasers, and vine charcoal.

LOCATION: Room 103, Conference Center

TIME: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

 
 

 
 

11:30 AM

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Artgerm from Cover to Cover

Join Stanley Artgerm Lau for an hour of presentation about his 10 year journey making comic covers for DC and Marvel Comics. What makes a good comic cover? What’s his role as a variant cover artist? How does his Asia upbringing bring something new to the comic world? What’s the financial viability as a cover artist? Come and find out!

LOCATION: Main Ballroom, Exhibition Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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LOCATION: Room 214, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Magic with Watercolors with Iris Compiet

Iris Compiet (Faeries of the Faultlines) is lifting the veil of the Faeries of the Faultlines and shares her secrets on capturing a unique Faery creature using watercolors.

 
 

 
 
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Creating for All Ages: Inside Netflix Animation Series

Panelist: Stanley Moore, Megan Dong, Jared Stern, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett and Jennifer Wolfe

Netflix has extended its philosophy of empowering creators into the animation space, fuelling the creation of new forms of storytelling for audiences of all ages. From innovative board-driven preschool titles like the upcoming series Go! Go! Cory Carson, musical kid-focused series like Centaurworld, family-friendly content like Green Eggs and Ham and adult series like Big Mouth, Netflix’s portfolio of animated series reflects the company’s commitment to creative freedom and providing content that sparks joy for everyone. Join a panel of top animated series creators including Stanley Moore, Megan Dong, Jared Stern, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett and others as they share their visions and passion for their projects.

Recording during this talk is prohibited

LOCATION: Room 104/105, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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How to Make Six Figures by Selling Content Online

Speakers: Stan Prokopenko, Anthony Jones, Max Ulichney and Kalen Chock

Content creators share their stories and learnings from making over $100k a year on Gumroad. Moderated by Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia.

LOCATION: Room 101, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Titmouse: D&D in the Writers Room

Playing a tabletop RPG can train you well for a writer's room - both in TV and video games. Through fluid storytelling and improvisation, writers can develop great characters and story arcs in RPGs that go on to serve as invaluable skills in the professional writing world. Join owner of Titmouse, Chris Prynoski, Ryan Verniere - Creative Director Film & Television | Riot Games, Kelly Lynne D'Angelo - Television Writer (Final Space, Mao Mao) and Professional Dungeon Master (Girls Guts Glory, Sirens of The Realms) as they take the audience through a live example of just how impactful a session of D&D can be on the creative writing process.

LOCATION: Room 102, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Character Design Representation: An Artistic Journey with Gabby Zapata

A personal tour through childhood with Gabby Zapata (Disney Digital Network) to discover what makes us unique and how differences bring us closer.

LOCATION: Room 204, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Bringing a Character to Life with Rafael Grassetti

Take an in-depth look at Rafael Grassettis projects as he shares his process from designing a character using ZBrush to 3D printing using different projects as subjects.

LOCATION: Room 208, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Storyboarding with a point of view with Maggie Kang

Storyboarding is all about having a perspective, whether it's the artists's own or the characters in the story. Join Maggie Kang as her talk concentrates on the importance of point of view in a storyboard- from big picture story, to sequence, to shot selection.

LOCATION: Room 209/210, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Our Journey

Panelists: Phillip Boutte Jr., Peter Ramsey, Eric Ramsey, Marlon West, Marco Nelor

Follow these artists from across several entertainment platforms, including film, animation, games and visual Fx, as they discuss their career trajectories and share their unique experiences navigating the broad entertainment landscape.

LOCATION: Room 212, Conference Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Lynn Chen

Join Lynn Chen for a 90 min live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 3, Exhibition Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Live Demo with Sparth (Nicolas Bouvier)

Join Nicolas Bouvier for a 90 minute live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 1, Exhibition Center

TIME: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 

12:00 PM

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Storyboarding Across Multiple Mediums! TV Animation to Feature Films to Video Games and Beyond!

Speakers: Shannon Eric Denton, Ryan Odagawa and Ae Ri Yoon.

In a world that likes to dictate fictitious hierarchies within art learn how to ignore the perceived labeling and navigate a career in whatever medium you choose! Join master story artists as they discuss the ins and outs of working as a story artist whether it be live-action or animation in TV, film, or video games!

LOCATION: Room 207, Conference Center

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Creating Fantastical Characters in ZBrush with Quincy Vadan

Join Quincy Vadan as he shows you how to create fantastical characters using ZBrush.

LOCATION: Room 211, Conference Center

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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The Magic of Watercolor with Cárcamo

Where he comes from, they call him the 'Water Bender' because of his control of watercolor. Join celebrated illustrator, Gonzalo Cárcamo, as he demonstrates masterful techniques and the magic of watercolor.

LOCATION: Room 107, Conference Center

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Set Design for Animation with Helen Mingjue Chen

Helen Mingjue Chen has created extensive VisDev work for Disney and has contributed to comic book titles for Marvel and DC. Her background is in animation, and that’s also what this session is about: backgrounds in animation! Join Helen as she explores the ingredients of effective set design for animated worlds.

LOCATION: Room 106, Conference Center

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 

 
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Plein Air Storytelling with Noah Klocek

Join Noah Klocek for a 60 minute live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 4, Exhibition Center

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 
 

 
 

12:30 PM

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Laurel D. Austin

Join Laurel D. Austin for a 60 minute live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 2, Exhibition Center

TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Elsa Chang

Join Elsa Chang for a 60 minute live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 5, Exhibition Center

TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Life Drawing with Stephen Silver

What is the best way to loosen up? How can I push my gestures further? How can I simplify what it is I'm seeing? Join Stephen Silver for this one hour drawing session as he discusses and shares with you his approach to help answer these questions. Be prepared to do some drawing while learning fun techniques that you will be able to incorporate into all your future life drawing sessions.

LOCATION: Room 103, Conference Center

TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

 
 

 
 

12:45 AM

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Design for TV and Film with Neville Page

Neville Page will be sharing with you techniques used to create creatures, characters and props from films like Avatar, Star Trek Discovery, and Shazam, to name a few. You will walk away with a better understanding to his design process as well as his use of unique tools used in creating his designs. Some good info will be shared on high end cos play techniques as well.

LOCATION: Room Main Ballroom, Exhibition Center

TIME: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

 
 

 
 

1:00 PM

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Weta Workshop: Concept Design for Live Action

For over 25 years Weta Workshop has been making imagination a reality, as a facility that builds what we design for the entertainment industry. 

This talk will follow our process of creating innovative story driven design from conception through to physical onset fabrication with James Doyle (3D Department/ Head of Department) and Paul Tobin (Senior Concept Artist/ Course Supervisor at Weta Workshop School).

LOCATION: Room 104/105, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Contemporary Costume Design for Video Games with Ashley Swidowski

Join Ashley Swidowski as she discusses the challenges and joys of creating contemporary silhouettes for video games. What is contemporary costume and how does it differ from other categories? How do you marry narrative and costume? What are the challenges of creating costumes within game production?

LOCATION: Room 101, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Lighting for Story with Sam Nielson

Join Sam Nielson as he teaches the critical components of lighting a scene so that it communicates and amplifies a story. Sam has worked for Blizzard, Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Brothers Games, Illumination Entertainment, Disney Interactive, Dreamworks TV, and Disney Imagineering.

LOCATION: Room 102, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Understanding the Visual Vocabulary of Storytelling with Marcelo Vignali

In visual storytelling -- such as film and media -- there are two types of Visual Vocabulary for communication: the Visual Vocabulary our audiences already know, and the Visual Vocabulary we teach our audience. Taught by one of the industry's leading professionals, Marcelo Vignali, this presentation is essential for those who work in animation, live action, computer gaming and illustration. If you want to learn how to create effective designs that tell a story, this presentation is a must.

LOCATION: Room 204, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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How to Prepare for a Career in Animation Today

How do you prepare yourself to join today’s competitive animation industry? Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (former Pixar art directors, The Dam Keeper, Co-Founders of Tonko House) share their view on the future of the ever evolving animation industry from their perspective and share their experiences transitioning from art directors at Pixar to starting their own independent studio, Tonko House.

LOCATION: Room 208, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Expanding your Medium: concept art with pencils, inks, and screen tone with Marco Nelor

Creating concept art doesn't have to be done in the same way each time. Marco Nelor will explore alternative forms of concept art using pencil, ink, and screen tone paper to create expressive concepts for the visual development pipeline.

LOCATION: Room 209/210, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Character sketching demo with Dela Longfish

Join Dela Longfish (God of War, Star Wars 1313, Star War Force Awakens.) as he sketches a range of characters from imagination.

LOCATION: Room 214, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Cooking Up an Animated Short: Finding the Right Ingredients with Jalil Sadool

Making an animated short is difficult. Starting your own animation studio in order to create that short can be an overwhelming endeavor. Jalil Sadool, with 15 years experience working as lead animator on projects like James Cameron’s Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and How To Train Your Dragon 2, left the industry to start Steamroller Studios with two former industry colleagues. Some people say Jalil is the only person they know who has stumbled upon an animation studio only to wake up one morning and find he was running it! In this Lightbox talk, you will learn about how the world of Spice Frontier was created: from its characters, to their relationships, and the story itself (which came about thanks to Jalil’s love of both food and science fiction). You will also learn all about creating an animation studio, building relationships between team members, and cultivating the world-class talent needed to succeed in this industry. You will be able to watch Spice Frontier in full during the talk.

LOCATION: Room 212, Conference Center

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 
 

 
 

1:30 PM

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Drawing Technique for Story with Louie del Carmen

A 90 minute demo with Louie del Carmen focusing on developing skills, technique and philosophy essential in executing animation storyboards. Also, covering essential topics like line quality, perspective, composition, workflow tips and more.

LOCATION: Room 211, Conference Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Join Artgerm as he paints a portrait from scratch in grayscale and then add colors and textures.

LOCATION: Demo Station 1, Exhibition Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Craig Mullins

Join Craig Mullins for a live 2-hour live demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 3, Exhibition Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 
 

 
 
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Jason Chan

Join Jason Chan for a live 2-hour demo.

LOCATION: Demo Station 4, Exhibition Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 
 

 
 

Photoshop Brushcraft: Transfigure your Painting Practice with Syd Weiler

Illustrator, toolmaker and former Adobe Creative Resident Syd Weiler demystifies Photoshop brushmaking. This hands-on session provides a comprehensive overview of the Photoshop brush-building suite for everyone from apprentice to master magician. Get comfortable with creating new brushes and tweaking old favorites to match. Be inspired to incorporate elements of your environment for unique and personal tools that do the work for you. Discover the depths of the interface between Photoshop and the new Fresco painting app. Walk away knowing how to conjure perfect brushes to charm your workflow.

LOCATION: Room 107, Conference Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Building Better Worlds with Raphael Lacoste

As a busy Art Director, Raphael LaCoste rarely has time to linger over a painting. He shares tips on how to paint an effective scene when pressed for time, and how to stylise environments. Raphael discusses his processes and explores the ins and outs of Procreate through the lens of his breathtaking paintings. Q&A to follow.

LOCATION: Room 106, Conference Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 
 

 
 
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Polishing All of Your Artistic Facets with Craig Elliott

Developing all of your artistic abilities and how to use them in your career. Craig Elliott will show you how to take any interest or skill you have and use it in your art and artistic career by showing examples of methods he and other artists have used to prosper from these abilities.

LOCATION: Room 207, Conference Center

TIME: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 
 

 
 

1:45 PM

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Drawing from Life with Justin Coro Kaufman

Drawing from observation is a key component to being a well rounded representational artist. Justin Coro Kaufman will cover a few different approaches and techniques he uses when drawing from life. Drop by and pick up a few non-nonsense tricks that can help you to achieve greater accuracy in your drawing

LOCATION: Room 103, Conference Center

TIME: 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM