New Video! Spectrum 21 Panel at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar and George Pratt talk with John Fleskes about the Spectrum 21 judging event at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live on May 11, 2014. These four of the five jury members (Shelly Wan, who was not present, was the fifth judge for Spectrum 21) reminisce about the day and what it’s like to be a Spectrum judge. This video starts a few minutes into the conversation. The volume is low due to the sound recorder being far away. Please turn up the volume to hear better.

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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World of Payne by Frank Cho and Thomas Sniegoski Coming Spring 2015 From Flesk!

ghost-dog-world-of-payneWith Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method printed and now shipping to our warehouse we can turn our attention to our next project with Frank Cho and with the addition of Thomas Sniegoski!

Frank Cho and Thomas Sniegoski are happy to announce their next creator owned project, World of Payne.

World of Payne is an urban fantasy graphic novel hybrid told in a unique narrative prose and sequential art style; part novel and part comic book. It’s a story of psychic private investigator, Lockwood Payne, who is actually a modern day sorcerer from an ancient society of witches and wizards and his strange misadventures in the world of the occult and unrealities. Along the way, he’s helped by his ever-loyal and unflappable friend, Doctor Hurt, an urgent care doctor in the strip mall next door to Payne’s office, and the beautiful Michelle, a witch-in-training.

The introductory book, World of Payne: Book 0 – Ghost Dog, will be published by Flesk Publications in spring 2015. It will introduce all the major characters of this world and set up the upcoming horror adventure book series.

Enjoy,

John

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New Video of Pierre Alary Sketching!

During the 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego our friends at Stuart Ng Books asked if we could provide some space for Pierre Alary to sign and sketch in his latest books. I think his work is amazing and quickly cleared some table space at our Flesk booth and invited Pierre to sit with us. While digging through our film archives I discovered some footage that I took of him. Here, Pierre sketches in his Sinbad, Belladone and Alary Sketchbook titles.

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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New Video! Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women.”


 

This week’s video features Frank Cho in his studio working on a piece that is featured in his new book, Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. This title will be coming out this fall from Flesk Publications. You can learn more and pre-order the book here.

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Spectrum Group Signing at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Hi, all,

We’ve just posted our latest video up on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area. Visit often for new videos posted weekly.

Watch the Spectrum artist group signing at the Flesk/Spectrum booth which took place on Friday, July 25th at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Eight artists took part including Daren Bader, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Matthew Levin, Travis Lewis, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Allen Williams. This was the beginning of a yearly signing event that we will have at both Comic-Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live each year. You can bring your own Spectrum books or pick up copies at our booth to get signed. Thanks to the artists for participating!

Enjoy,

John

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Flashback! New Videos from SFAL1 and the Strip Festival in Breda, The Netherlands

Hi, all,

We’re busy digging through the archives and putting together videos of our trips and events and time spent with the artists for you to watch for free! Watch our Spectrum Fantastic Art website for a new video posted each week. Here are the latest two!

Flashback to Saturday May 16, 2012 from 2:30-4:00. Flesk hosted the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live commemorative art book signing with the five special guests of the show. Shown in this video from left to right, is Mike Mignola, Iain McCaig, Brom, Phil Hale and Android Jones!

 

Flesk artist group signing at the Strip Festival show in Breda, The Netherlands on October 26 and 27, 2013. Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates joined us for signings during the duration of the weekend. I would like to express a special thanks to our hosts, Mark Thelosen and Guido de Bue, plus sponsorship from De Stripspecialist. And to the Strip Festival Breda organization and volunteers, plus all of those at Eppo for their help and support and for making our visit a pleasant one. We had a wonderful time!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Book Sale Kicks Off Today! 20-65% off the cover price on many books! Ends on August 31

Al Williamson Archives volumes 1 and 2 are 25% off and you get free shipping!

Al Williamson Archives volumes 1 and 2 are 25% off and you get free shipping!

NOTE: Our website is updated and placing orders as a guest or registered using credit cards and Paypal should all be working. Please email if you have any trouble! Thanks! –John (info@fleskpublications.com)

Hi, everyone,

We’ve just kicked off our first Flesk book sale. You will find many of our titles for 20-65% off the cover price! Get free shipping too! Running now until August 31!

Get free shipping on your entire order by using the following coupon code: fship

Here are some samples of what you will find:

James Bama: American Realist only $14.95
The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni only $9.95
Mark Schultz Various Drawings Vol. 5 Deluxe signed only $24.95
Al Williamson Archives Vol. 1 only $14.95

Follow this link to see all of our Flesk books.

(Note that brand new items and pre-order items are excluded from the sale.)

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos!

Hi, everyone,

We’ve posted three all new videos on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website celebrating the Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. I’m sharing them here as well.

Watch three hours of the Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony in one minute through a series of time lapse photography. Follow the evening from the audience arrival at the Midland Theater to the closing curtain. The ceremony was held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in conjunction with Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

Watch the full Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony held on May 10, 2014 at Kansas City’s historic Midland Theater. The silver and gold Spectrum awards for the eight categories were announced as was the 2014 Grand Master award recipient. Enjoy this one hour and ten minute event.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was held on May 9-11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO. We offered a free 11 x 17 inch print at our Flesk / Spectrum booth during the SFAL special guest signing on Saturday from 11:15am to 12PM. Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet were on hand! This video takes you around the Flesk booth and wraps up showing the guest signing.

Visit the Spectrum Fantastic Art website for more videos here!

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Artist Group Signing at Comic-Con International in San Diego

We had an hour long Spectrum artist group signing at our Flesk/Spectrum booth on Friday, July 25th. Eight artists took part including Daren Bader, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Matthew Levin, Travis Lewis, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Allen Williams. This was the beginning of a yearly signing event that we will have at both Comic-Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live each year. You can bring your own Spectrum books or pick up copies at our booth to get signed.

Many thanks to these eight artists for taking part this year!

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Matthew Levin signing a copy of Spectrum.

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Travis Lewis was a welcome addition to the group.

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Todd Lockwood talking with Daren Bader.

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Top row, from left to right: John Fleskes, Gary Gianni, Allen Williams, David Palumbo, Travis Lewis and Matthew Levin. Bottom row, from left to right: Donato Giancola, Todd Lockwood and Daren Bader.

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Allen Williams jokes with David Palumbo.

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Donato Giancola looks on as Gary Gianni adds his signature to a book for a lucky fan.

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Half-way through the autographing session it’s all smiles.

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Donato Giancola was having a good show partly due to his Game of Thrones painted calendar being released at the show.

Thanks again, everyone! See you at the next show.

Enjoy,

John

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Reviewing the “Drawing Beautiful Women” Proofs With Frank Cho at Comic-Con

In an effort to keep the Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method book on schedule I had the oversized Studio Edition book proofs shipped direct to my hotel in San Diego during Comic-Con. The other bonus to this was that Frank and I could review them together. I brought the proofs to my Flesk booth on the Sunday of the show. Soon after Frank showed up our friends Jim Reid and Jim Silke stopped by to join in. After carefully inspecting the proofs, Frank, both Jim’s and myself gave the proofs our stamp of approval. Here’s a few pictures taken during our meeting.

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Frank Cho inspecting the layouts and fine details on his way to approving the book proofs.

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Frank continues to peruse the Studio Edition proofs which is shown in these pictures at actual size.

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Frank opens one of the gatefold proofs while John Fleskes looks on.

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Jim Silke, who knows a thing or two about drawing beautiful women, inspects one of the proof pages and offers his praise.

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Here, we are discussing the tonal areas of the pictures. Since the Studio Edition is so much larger than the trade edition we were able to add more pictures of Frank in his studio to this edition.

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Flesk booth-man James Walker walks over to give his input, while Jim Silke and Jim Reid look on.

Enjoy,

John

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“Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004″ Hardcover Exhibit Catalog

Wayne-Thiebaud-Works-on-Paper-coverHi, everyone,

In the fall of 2013 I had the honor of working again with Michael Zakian who is the director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. Our first experience working together was when we packaged the “Illustrating Modern Life” book for the museum.

It was a joy to design and package their latest exhibit catalog for the Wayne Thiebaud show held at the Weisman under Michael’s direction. Michael is among one of the most professional and inspiring individuals I have worked with. His kindness is exemplary, which brings out the best in others around him.

Designing the Wayne Thiebaud book was a thrill. Thiebaud’s colors and shapes intertwine in a beautiful unifying fashion that is deceptively simple, yet incredibly difficult to achieve.

Here is a brief description about the book followed by a link to read more and purchase a copy through our Flesk online store if you wish.

Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004” is an exhibition hardcover catalog of eighty-five prints and drawings that explores his rich dialogue with the visual language of graphic art. Drawn from the holdings of the artist’s work in the collection of the University Library Gallery at California State University, Sacramento, it provides a survey of the various printmaking media he has explored through his long career and includes examples of his woodcuts, serigraphs, etchings, lithographs and monotypes. It also offers insight into his favorite subjects—everyday American food, the urban landscape of San Francisco, the majestic mountain scenery of Yosemite and the lyric, arcadian, agricultural fields of the Sacramento River Valley.

Learn more about the Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004 book at the Flesk Publications website.

Enjoy,

John

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Masquerade by Terry Dodson: 2014 Sketchbook

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Terry Dodson debuted his latest sketchbook collection, Masquerade at Comic-Con last week. This latest sketchbook features an assortment of material including pencil sketches, ink and marker preliminaries, convention sketches, character designs and a show print drawing with the process shown in a step-by-step format.

We have copies available on our Flesk online store if you are interested. Each copy comes initialed “TD” by Terry and is only available direct from him at shows or from us.

Visit here to pick up a copy.

You can also visit Terry’s blog here to see some of the sketches that he made during Comic-Con.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk / Spectrum Panel at Comic-Con International

Flesk-SDCC-panel-2014Hi, everyone,

The Flesk/Spectrum panel was held earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. From left to right: John Fleskes, William Stout, Frank Cho, Daren Bader and Terry Dodson shared news about upcoming book projects, Spectrum news and the importance of working on creator owned projects.

I’ll post more details over the next week.

Thanks to everyone who made the panel!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum at Comic-Con International in San Diego Update–Signings and Panel!

Craig Elliott at his booth at Comic-Con in 2013.

Craig Elliott at his booth at Comic-Con in 2013. Photograph copyright © 2014 John Fleskes

Hi, everyone,

We will be exhibiting at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The show runs from July 23rd to the 27th. Our Flesk booth (#5019) is in our usual spot. We have added a Spectrum Fantastic Art booth right next door (#5017). Read on for news about our big sale, artist signings, the Flesk panel and where you can find artist friends of Flesk.

Books on offer at the Flesk/Spectrum booths. Big Sale!

We are bringing a new batch of recent book trade returns with slight scuffs or minor dings. These books will be on sale for 50-80% off of the cover price. We’re looking to blow them out at the show! It’s a great way to pick up a huge batch of Flesk books for a killer bargain. There are many new titles including The Art of Brom.

We will also have new copies of all of our Flesk books and an assortment of recent and past volumes of Spectrum.

Artist Signings

We will be having a Spectrum signing at our booth #5017 on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Donato Giancola, Daren Bader, Allen Williams, Gary Gianni, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Matthew Levin will all be with us. Bring your Spectrum books along to get signed!

Mark Schultz — Due to a sudden unexpected emergency, Mark will be unable to attend Comic-Con.

Jackson Robinson — Jackson informed us today (7/22/2014) that due to a sudden emergency he is unable to join us at Comic-Con.

Signing times will be posted at our booth, the Flesk website and on our Facebook page leading up to the show.

Flesk Panel–Thursday, July 24 at 11:00am, Room 28DE

With a lineup including Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women, Savage Wolverine ), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men) and William Stout (Hallucinations,Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing future Flesk titles and the latest on the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you can expect an entertaining hour!

Artist Friends of Flesk at Comic-Con

The following artists whose work we publish will be exhibiting at their own booths at Comic-Con. Their booth number and Flesk books are included.

Jim Silke – Booth #4901 (Jungle Girls and Jim Silke Sketchbook)

Frank Cho – Booth #4901 (Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method)

Craig Elliott – Booth #4713 (The Art of Craig Elliott)

Mike Mignola – Booth #4901 (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)

William Stout – Booth #4803 (Dinosaur Discoveries, New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z, Hallucinations, Inspirations, Prehistoric Life Murals)

Gary Gianni – Booth #4902 (The Prince Valiant Page, Mysterious Islands, Major Thrill’s Adventure Book and Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)

Terry Dodson – Booth #4706 (Bombshells and his new sketchbook, Masquerade)

Donato GiancolaDonato Arts Booth #4503

Terryl Whitlatch – Booth 5338 (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, Tales of Amalthea)

We hope to see you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women Studio Edition” at the Printer!

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition front and back cover and spine.

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition front and back cover, and spine.

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Hi, everyone,

Frank Cho and I wrapped up the Studio Edition of his new book Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method late last night. It’s been turned into the printer!

Since this version is huge (12 inches wide x 17 inches tall) we were left with some extra space when we “upsized” the regular 9 x 12 inch edition template. Frank wanted to make sure that people will get their money’s worth and so he painting a double page spread new watercolor and two new basic anatomy pages to fill in four new pages. We also added an extra 1600 words to the interview (that comes with the Publisher’s and Limited edition with slipcase edition) in the back that is a bonus for this edition only. And I was able to fit in a few more pictures of Frank in his studio, plus one of his personal landscape paintings. All of this is exclusive to this Studio Edition. It’s an amazing look edition! At 140 pages for $150, or 142 pages for the signed $200 version, it’s one cool looking book.

If you are wondering why we are now calling this the Studio Edition and not the previously advertised Gallery Edition, it turns out that Dark Horse and DC also liked the Gallery Edition name and recently advertised new lines of books using the same title. To avoid confusion, and to be unique, Frank and I decided to switch the name to Studio Edition.

Please visit our website if you would like to pre-order the book for November 1st shipping.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 21 printer proofs have been approved!

Spectrum-21-proofsHi, everyone,

The Spectrum 21 printer proofs have been approved! The colors look spot on. I’ve shipped the proofs back to the printer today. Once they receive them the book will be going on the press shortly after. It’s right on schedule for its fall release!

In this picture you can see proofs for page 1 of the book in the upper left hand corner, the cover to the right and miscellaneous pages around them.

I’m sending the Frank Cho book to the printer today. More news coming soon.

Enjoy,

John

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Terry Dodson Sketching Video

Last October I visited Scheidam, The Netherlands with Terry and Rachel Dodson, Mark Schultz and Jim Reid. Scheidam is known for having the tallest windmills in the world. This particular one grabbed Terry’s attention as he pulled out his sketchbook and pens, and started drawing it. I grabbed my camera and filmed over his shoulder while watching for cars. Here’s a time lapse showing his process.

This sketch appears in Terry’s new sketchbook which will premiere at his booth at Comic-Con next week. I had the good fortune to help Terry put it together. It’s currently at the printer and I’ll be picking it up on my way to San Diego. Watch Terry’s blog for the cover, title and details when he announces them next week. I’ll have copies available on the Flesk website after the show.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 at the Printer

Spectrum 21: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been sent to the printer. Here’s the front and back cover and spine to the paperback edition.

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Back cover art by Gabriel Verdon. Front cover art by Rebecca Léveillé-Guay.

I want to thank the artists for turning in their art on time and for their help in making this book a smooth process. I’m happy to report that every artist that was accepted into Spectrum 21 turned in their art. Spectrum is a massive undertaking, one of which I am overjoyed to be a part of. I’ll post some pictures of the printer proofs once they arrive, plus show off advance copies when I get them. The book will be available in early November.

You can pre-order the book direct from us on our online store here.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony Pictures

Hi, everyone,

The Spectrum 21 Awards were held on May 10 at Kansas City’s historic Midland Theater. The silver and gold Spectrum awards for the eight categories were announced as was the 2014 Grand Master award recipient. Enjoy this batch of pictures giving you a glimpse into the evening.

All Photographs by Sampsel Preston Photography for Spectrum Fantastic Art © 2014

SFAL-138John Fleskes opening the evening.

 

SFAL-140John English announcing the advertising award recipients.

 

SFAL-146Allen Spiegel receives the gold award on behalf of Kent Williams in the advertising category.

 

SFAL-148Tor art director Irene Gallo announces the awards in the book category.

 

SFAL-153Craig Elliot and friend have entered the building.

 

SFAL-154Scott Gustafson accepting a silver award in the book category.

 

SFAL-155Frank Cho had the audience laughing with his off-the-cuff antics while he announced the comic award recipients.

 

SFAL-161Gregory Manchess, Kristine and Collin Poole.

 

SFAL-162The ever-stoked Greg Spalenka.

 

SFAL-164Mark A. Nelson giving his acceptance speech for his silver award in the comic category.

 

SFAL-179Paul Tobin, the perfect person for handing out concept art awards.

 

SFAL-186Bill Carmen (center) hams it up with friends.

 

SFAL-189 SFAL-196 SFAL-213 SFAL-214 SFAL-231Jarrod and Brendan Schiflett receive the gold award in the dimensional category.

 

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SFAL-253Corey and Erin Godbey, Justin Gerard, Annie Stegg-Gerard, Carolina Cooney and Paul Bonner

 

SFAL-254Tran Nguyen gave one of the most touching acceptance speeches of the night in receiving  her gold award in the editorial category.

 

SFAL-270Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Books entertaining the crowd while handing out the institutional awards.

 

SFAL-284Looking dapper, Dan dos Santos (right) with friend.

 

 

SFAL-285Justin Sweet receiving the silver institutional award.

 

SFAL-294Bill Carmen receiving the gold for the institutional category.

 

SFAL-301Orbit books director, Lauren Panepinto, adds color to the evening as she announces the unpublished awards.

 

SFAL-312-COmar Rayyan receives the gold award in the unpublished category.

 

SFAL-315Arnie and Kathy Fenner announce the 2014 Grand Master award.

 

SFAL-320Iain McCaig giving his acceptance speech for the Grand Master award.

 

SFAL-334Iain McCaig celebrating with friends after receiving his award.

 

Enjoy,

John

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“Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Filming A Wrap

The film crew has wrapped up the shooting of the footage for our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method companion video for our Kickstarter supporters. It’s off to the editing and effects team now. It’s right on schedule for an October release.

Cho-Video-filmingHere’s a picture that I took of Frank while he was prepping for his introductory talk. We also did a photo shoot for a series of pictures that will be included in the book. Frank is easy to photograph. He’s photogenic, comfortable in front of the camera and he likes to perform, which made for great shots.

The rest of this week will be spent wrapping up Spectrum 21 and Frank’s book. I’ll have a lot of pictures and updates for you after the books are sent to the printer.

Enjoy,

John

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Wrapping Up Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women” Book

Frank-Cho-PaintingHi, all,

I’m here with Frank Cho while we are finalizing his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method book. We have been designing pages, scanning art, shooting photography and filming. Frank is currently working on his painting for the cover of the oversized edition of the book. Plus, he is working on basic anatomy pages, storytelling pages and more. We can’t wait to have this book ready for everyone to see!

Enjoy,

John

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Free to View — Warren Chang Portrait Demonstration on Monday

Warren-Chang-demo-Nov-03-2012-04Warren Chang will be doing a portrait demonstration this coming Monday.

It is open to the public and attendance is free!

When: Monday, June 23, 2014, 7pm-9pm

Where: Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street Monterey, CA 93940

Warren will demonstrate his use of light and shadow to create form and likeness, from a live model. Utilizing a limited palette of colors with an emphasis on values and capturing the spirit and character of his model.

A Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and Signature member of the California Art Club, Warren has been profiled in many publications, including the covers of American and International Artist magazines.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Highlight Video #2

Helpful Bear Productions has produced a second video highlighting the artists who appeared at the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event last May. Over 200 artists exhibited on the show room floor. This is a celebration that puts the artists in the forefront and provides an intimate and friendly environment for people to meet and greet the creators. Enjoy this small taste of SFAL.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 Pictures — Part Two

Hi, all,

Here’s a treat for you: Thirty-five pictures from the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held on May 9-11, 2014. Captions by Carl Anderson and Jeff Smith. There’s a few captions missing. If you know the artist names, please let us know so that we can add them.

All photos by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic16In the heart of Kansas City lies the venue for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014; Kansas City Convention Center’s 46,400 square foot Grand Ballroom.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic20Artists Christina Hess and Dominick Saponaro hard at work putting the final touches on their booth before the show opens. Christina was selling a Spectrum exclusive teaser booklet for her upcoming “Animals From History” book.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic19Artist Edward Howard wowed attendees with numerous new originals in addition to offering affordable prints, like the one shown above, which you may recognize from the opening pages of Spectrum 20.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic183-day ticket holders and exhibitors were treated to free hors d’oeuvres during the opening night party and Art Director Meet & Greet before viewing the film premiere of the documentary “Making It” on Friday evening.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic17The Kansas City Conventions & Visitors Bureau welcomed Spectrum attendees and exhibitors all over downtown.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic52Donato Giancola spies our camera at the opening night 3-day ticket holder and exhibitor party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic49Jackson Robinson catches us taking pictures at the opening night party. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live marked Jackson’s convention debut. His playing card art work and decks were a big hit, particularly his Sherlock Holmes themed decks.

 

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic48Steve Rude and Donato Giancola at the opening night party. Mr. Rude held a cosplay model contest leading up to the show. He painted the winner, donning a Supergirl costume, live during a demonstration on Saturday morning.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic47Greg Manchess enjoying himself at the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic46Craig Elliott at the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic45Eric Deschamps enjoying the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic44Is that Johnny Depp? No, that’s Nigel Sade! Nigel is one of the nicest artists you could meet. (Side note: In the background of this photo on the left hand side you will see two of the hardest working ladies on the Spectrum committee: Event Organizer Shena Wolf and Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Banion.)

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic43Steve Rude listening to John Fleskes’ vision on the show floor.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic42Adrian Johnson of Sidebar Nation interviews Special Guest Tim Bruckner. Mr. Bruckner shared how he got into sculpting, discussed challenging pieces, explained techniques and fielded questions from the crowd.  A great interview to kick off the weekend’s scheduled programming.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic40Jackson Robinson signing one of his Sherlock Holmes playing card decks for a fan. Jackson not only created all the artwork on the cards he also created unique packaging.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic39The Shiflett Brothers (Brandon and Jarrod) at their exhibit booth.  They participated in live sculpting demos throughout the weekend and were available for 3D portfolio reviews. Look for an award winning piece from them in Spectrum 21 this fall.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic38Forest Rogers admiring one of Virginie Ropars’ incredible sculptures, with the artist herself! Words can’t express how incredible it was to see, study, and be able to purchase original sculptures directly from the artists.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic36Greg Manchess points out details on original paintings he brought to the show to sell. As part of the weekend’s activities,  Greg participated in a live painting demonstration with artist Gary Kelley on Saturday afternoon that drew the attention of fellow artists as well as attendees.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic34 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic33John Fleskes, Special Guest Frank Cho, and Mark Schultz talking at the Flesk Publications booth. Frank Cho put on a live drawing demo during his special guest interview on Saturday and Mark Schultz conducted a dry brush demo on Sunday.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic32Craig Elliot organizing his originals and prints for sale at the Flesk Publications booth.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic31Anthony Kosar’s “Boaris Frankenswine”

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic30 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic29 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic28 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic27 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic26 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic25One of Dan Chudzinski’s signature pieces.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic24Red Riding Hood, a sculpture by artist Forest Rogers.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic23“Vertical Man-Tank, 1892”, a piece from The Shiflett Brothers which took home the Gold Award in the Dimensional category.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic22Just Colcord – Luke Burrage’s sculptures.

 

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More pictures and Q&A coming soon!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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Spectrum Fantastic Art
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
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Text copyright © 2014 John Fleskes. Artwork copyright © their respective owners. Photos by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Event Video!

The third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was held on May 9-11 in Kansas City, MO. Enjoy this two minute video which shows you a few highlights from the three day event! Thanks to everyone who exhibited and attended!

About Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

SFAL is a high-energy showcase for the best and brightest in the fantasy and science fiction art community. It brings together artists, industry professionals and fans.

It’s a show for everyone. For artists, both established and aspiring, and fans of art. For people who love movies, video games, tabletop gaming, RPGs, card games and more. For fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and any genre that has ever had an art component.

The third event featured over 200 booths full of the finest artists working today. Multiple disciplines were represented. Exquisite dolls, grotesque mannequins, oil paintings, prints, bronzes, pencil sketches, sculptures … all forms of art are celebrated at SFAL.

There were multiple programming tracks, from topics that affect artists and their creative process to discussions of practical industry concerns, as well as panels on how to start collecting art.
There were portfolio reviews by the leading art directors in multiple industries.

If you make art, you should come to SFAL 4. If you love art, you should come. If you’re wondering if this is for you, it is. You’ll love it. See you next time!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Flesk Publications on Facebook
Spectrum Fantastic Art
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live on Facebook

Text copyright © 2014 John Fleskes. Artwork copyright © their respective owners. Video by Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.