Spectrum 22 Nominations Videos

Watch the Spectrum 22 nominations for the eight categories. The Gold and Silver award winners will be announced during the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on May 23, 2015. Visit spectrumfantasticartlive.com for more details.

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John

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Meet the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Event Crew

Flesk-home-banner-29Each year, after we wrap up Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL), we like to send out a well-deserved thanks to all of the attendees, exhibitors, Spectrum 22 nominees and awards winners, speakers and special guests for making the show a success. But who is “we?” I’d like to fill you in on who the hardworking individuals are that make up the SFAL team. With the show just three weeks away I think it’s a good time to highlight the special people who are currently active in bringing you this amazing art show.

I’d like to start with Shena Wolf, who seems to be exactly where she is most needed at all times. We haven’t been able to figure out how she does this yet. As Event Organizer, Shena is in charge of guest relations, the tiny emails that keep us all up to date (yes, even all of us here), and logistics relating to a variety of important matters. She even plays a large role in organizing the panels and workshops. Shena makes sure we all show up where we need to be. She generally makes us look good. That’s not all that she does, but it gives you an idea.

Amanda Banion runs registration and makes sure everyone is armed with an SFAL badge. This guarantees that everyone who is a guest or attendee has access to all places that matter most. She also coordinates and manages the volunteers for the show. Amanda’s background in film has made her our go-to person for AV advice and an invaluable asset behind-the-scenes during the awards ceremony.

Lazuras Potter manages the show website, works on regional event promotion with galleries, radio, and TV stations, and runs the infrastructure for the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony at the Folly Theater. The awards involve weeks of preparation and is no small task; it requires meticulous planning and close work with the theater staff, the presenters, Arlo Burnett (who creates the videos for the memorials and Grand Masters), and Helpful Bear Productions (who puts together the videos of the award finalists and winners). Most people don’t see Laz, but we are all grateful to have him.

Carl Anderson and Jeff Smith are grouped together since they make quite the team in assisting with panels. Whatever the speakers need to during their panel, Carl and Jeff make sure they have it. They also write and post news items on the SFAL website and elsewhere, visit with regional schools and colleges, and network with booksellers, comic shops, and RPG retailers, all in an effort to help spread the word about the show. They are always enthusiastic and have a ready smile to great and help anyone who asks.

The volunteers! Running an event requires the help of dozens of people who can handle the many tasks to make SFAL run smoothly. No matter how small the task that they assist with, each pair of extra hands is greatly appreciated. They play a large part in making sure we all have fun!

Arnie and Cathy Fenner do everything else! The countless details needed to run a show are identified and handled by our Spectrum founders. A three day show takes months of preparation as they manage hotel and convention hall arrangements, coordinate and arrange the exhibitor booths, outline the core tasks that need to be assigned and managed, select locations, arrange for after-event happenings, secure event guests and speakers, set schedules and implement their forty years of experience in the industry to inspire and motivate us all. It would take a few thousand words to touch upon the full range of details that they coordinate. Trust me when I say it is impressive what Cathy and Arnie continue to accomplish. We learn and are inspired by them with each new day. Also, they write a lot of checks!

This brings me to myself. I spend much of my time planning out the next year for Flesk, Spectrum and SFAL. For example, the task that happens today is oftentimes something that I initially conceived of anywhere from one to three years ago, or maybe more. I plan far into the future and have more patience than most when it comes to achieving the goals that I most want to hit. I place great importance on the creative side, future growth, team and business dynamics, core infrastructure for a sound and sustainable future, working toward an improved workplace for our employees with a mindful eye on how to incorporate better pay and benefits, a sound environment to help artists and the community, plus communicating with the artists, our crew and associates on a daily basis–these are some of the areas where much of my attention goes. Oh, and I want to make sure we have a new book or two and some bonus goodies to premiere at SFAL. I also like to invite artists to fill up our booth at the show. I don’t write as many checks as the Fenner’s, but the stripe on my credit card gets a little worn out.

No single individual runs SFAL. It’s a cumulative team effort by a dynamic, passionate and energetic group who understands that what we do here is not for praise, but for the benefit of the art community. We focus on our mission of being inclusive, welcoming of all and focusing on a positive experience where people can grow and leave knowing that they have created fresh connections that will result in new lifelong friends in the industry and beyond. We take great pride in what we do. We trust that our fourth SFAL will be as enjoyable for you as we know it will be for us.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs from May 22-24, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for details.

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Flesk Exhibiting at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend! Meet Frank Cho and Jim Silke!

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Hi, everyone,

We will be exhibiting at Big Wow ComicFest this weekend in San Jose, California! Our booth number is 731. We will have our latest books including Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method and Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, plus a large batch of books with slight scuff marks or bumped corners that we will offer at huge discounts. Free postcards, posters and more are waiting for you.

Two artists who we publish are special guests of the show; Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women) and Jim Silke (Jungle Girls and Jim Silke Sketchbook). We will have our unique publisher’s editions of Cho’s book with us that he can sign for you. On Sunday, Frank will be offering a free figure drawing class from 2:00 to 12:00! This is free to all attendees of the show.

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: J. Anthony Kosar Interview!

Hi, everyone,

This week we have an interview with J. Anthony Kosar which was filmed during the Spectrum 21 judging event.

We are currently packing all of the Spectrum 21 orders, complimentary copies for the artists and the Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method books. We are shipping hundreds of packages each day and will not stop working around the clock until all of the packages have been sent!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho at Lee’s Comics on Tuesday, October 28th!

Hi, everyone,

Frank Cho will be at Lee’s Comics in Mountain View, CA this Tuesday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. We hope you can stop by and meet Frank!

Frank-Cho-KS-printsThe Spectrum 21 and Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method books will be showing up any minute now. We have the Frank Cho special prints for our Kickstarter supporters. We also just received the Spectrum 22 Call for Entries posters. We will include one poster in each of the Spectrum 21 books shipped direct from Flesk.

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Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Pierre Alary Sketching Part Two


 

The first video we posted of Pierre Alary turned out to be quite popular. We’ve gone ahead and put together this second video of Pierre during his signing at our Flesk booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2011. Pierre’s appearance was sponsored by Stuart Ng Books while he was there to promote his new titles. Watch as Pierre creates a lovely drawing for a lucky fan.

Be sure to visit Pierre’s website to see his latest work.

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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Frank Cho at New York Comic Con This Weekend

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Hi, all,

Frank Cho will be at the New York Comic Con this weekend! He can be found at his artist alley table number Z2. Frank is bringing some books and prints with him, as well as some art and sketch covers like the sample shown here.

Information about the show can be found here.

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos! Warren Chang and James Gurney

Hi, all,

There’s two new videos to share this week.

Warren Chang discusses his upcoming exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art. Over a dozen paintings will be on display including a series of preliminary studies and drawings at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada running from October 23, 2014 to April 6, 2015. The opening reception is on October 23, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Warren Chang is nationally recognized for his realist paintings of biographical interiors and local fieldworkers of the Monterey County area. Chang creates subtle narratives that celebrate the human spirit. A native of Monterey, his work is also inspired by the novels of John Steinbeck and the magnetic beauty of the region. An exhibit catalog produced by Flesk Publications, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Winfield Gallery will be available direct at the museum during the exhibit and from the Flesk website and at the Winfield Gallery.

Did you see the Australian postage stamps illustrated by James Gurney that was released in late 2013? The stamp issue is called “Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs,” and it includes six stamp subjects against a scenic backdrop. Watch the following video made by Helpful Bear Productions to see the imagery created by this Spectrum Grand Master and member of the Spectrum Advisory Board.

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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Flesk Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo This Weekend!

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Craig Elliott painting demonstration at APE in 2012. See him paint this weekend!

We’ll be exhibiting at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, California this weekend. Come by our tables #222 and 223 to see what’s new and flip through sample copies of the books coming out this Fall: Spectrum 21 and Drawing Beautiful Women by Frank Cho! We’ll have copies of all of our books that are in print, plus some dinged copies at reduced prices.

We have secured our models for Craig Elliot who will doing painting demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about APE here.

Enjoy,

John

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Craig Elliott Painting Demonstration Video


It’s Tuesday! That means we have a new video to share. This new video is a 9 minute time lapse of Craig Elliott painting a portrait from the live model. This was done in 2013 at our Flesk booth during the Alternate Press Expo. Craig will be joining us again on October 4-5 at our booth at APE to do painting demos both days. We hope you can join us!

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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Flesk Pictures From Rose City Comic Con in Portland

The Rose City Comic Con wrapped up today. We had a Flesk booth there with special guest signings by Brom and Terry Dodson on Saturday afternoon and Steve Rude on Sunday afternoon. The show was well attended. The event staff was helpful and well organized, and the Portland area a beautiful area to visit. I even managed to squeeze in a visit to Powell’s Books on Friday. I picked up a nice assortment of new titles and took many notes that will find its way into the 2014 Spectrum 22 Year in Review.

Flesk-RCCC-01-flesk-boothHere’s a two part picture showing the view from our Flesk booth. Brom is on the left signing books, while Terry Dodson is on the right.

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rudeSteve Rude doing a drawing for a fan who requested a “pretty woman.”

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rude-2Steve Rude was a guest of Rose City Comic Con. He completed a new painting the day before the show, which he unveiled at the show.

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rude-3Steve shows off the finished sketch.

Flesk-RCCC-01-terry-dodsonEven though Terry had just the afternoon available to sign and sketch, he still managed to squeeze out about four drawings and an untold amount of autographs for people.

Flesk-RCCC-01-terry-dodson-2Terry Dodson adds a drawing to the sketch cover to X-Men #1 for a fan.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth! We had a great time!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk, Brom, Terry Dodson and Steve Rude at Rose City Comic Con This Weekend!

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Come hang out at the Flesk Booth (#1202) this weekend at the Rose City Comic Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

Brom and Terry Dodson will be signing at our booth on Saturday afternoon. Steve Rude will be signing on Sunday.

In addition to the many titles in stock, including Terry’s new Masquerade sketchbook, we will have sample copies of Spectrum 21 and Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method available to flip through. I can’t wait to show of these titles to the public for the first time. Currently the books are shipping from the printer. We’ll start mailing out the pre-orders and Kickstarter orders just as soon as they arrive, which should be in late October.

While I am at the Rose City show I’ll be talking with Terry about some upcoming title ideas that he has and also finalizing some details with Steve Rude regarding his new book The Nexus Chronicles.

I’ll also be walking around to see the various sketchbooks and new items that can be found at the artists tables. I want to get a jump start on the Spectrum 22 Year in Review for 2014. If you have something new and cool to show me at the show, please be sure to bring it to my attention so I can considerate it for a mention in Spectrum.

See you at the show!

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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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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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 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-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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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

John Fleskes
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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 Pictures and Q&A With John Flesk

Greetings, all,

During our road trip back to California from Kansas City, Mark Schultz and Jim Reid asked me a few questions about the recent Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. I decided to type up my responses while we were traveling through Arizona along Highway 40. I’ve also added a series of fifteen pictures from the show with captions.

Iain McCaig enjoys giving workshops just as much as drawing. Here, he entertains a crowd at SFAL while teaching. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Iain McCaig enjoys giving workshops just as much as drawing. Here, he entertains a crowd at SFAL while teaching. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Android Jones joined us at the Flesk / Spectrum booth on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Android Jones joined us at the Flesk / Spectrum booth on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Special SFAL guest Camilla d'Erricco brought originals with her to the show. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Special SFAL guest Camilla d’Erricco brought originals with her to the show. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: This is the third year of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show. Tell us about the growth this year.

Answer: The growth can be measured and discussed in a few ways.

First, the pre-sales for tickets were more than double what they were last year. That’s a big deal and worth celebrating. There was a noticeable increase of people on the floor compared to last year.

Second, three of us joined the Spectrum show committee; Carl Anderson, Jeff Smith and myself. We took on roles to help add new features, which I’ll get into in a second, and to help spread out the existing duties to allow for a better individual focus of responsibilities both before and during the show. There seems to be the misconception that I am in charge of the show. But really, the show is the result of a team of dedicated and hard-working people put together by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. It is the initiative and efforts of the Fenner’s, and also Shena Wolf who plays an integral role in its operations, that makes the show a success.

Third, there were a number of new features added to the show. I’ll run down the list.

A) We added an “Artist Tables” section, which gave our future stars an opportunity to exhibit at a show for a modest price. This was intended to attract more local, young, first time and / or artists that have a smaller show budget to the event as exhibitors. We could have continued to fill the whole show with booths, but I think by reserving a portion of the exhibit hall space for artist tables, it allows more opportunities to the artists, and gives us more of a diverse range of artists attending, which attracts more people to the show. I think it’s better for everyone.

Wayne Barlowe discusses his experiences while working in film at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Wayne Barlowe discusses his experiences while working in film at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs (and Iain McCaig out of frame); The artists that designed The Phantom Menace, John Carter, Avatar, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and 300: Rise of an Empire provide some insight about working in the film industry. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs (and Iain McCaig out of frame); The artists that designed The Phantom Menace, John Carter, Avatar, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and 300: Rise of an Empire provide some insight about working in the film industry. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs and Iain McCaig continue their discussion about working in the film industry at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs and Iain McCaig continue their discussion about working in the film industry at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

One of modern times most popular film designer, Iain McCaig, who received the Spectrum 21 Grand Master Award during the awards ceremony later that day. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

One of modern times most popular film designer, Iain McCaig, who received the Spectrum 21 Grand Master Award during the awards ceremony later that day. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

B) We improved our panels and workshops by adding more of an educational focus. We had artist panels by top industry professionals and art directors. For instance, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Steve Rude all conducted artwork demonstrations. Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs talked about working in film. Art Directors Lauren Pinepento, Marc Scheff and Jon Schindenhette did portfolio reviews. Comics professionals Terry Dodson, Frank Cho and Mark Chiarello offered advice on working within the industry. There was a live sculpting event happening all weekend on the show room floor. We covered quite a bit of core industry essentials that were geared toward professionals in the field, for those just breaking, for students, and even for fans who want to see how things are run. I also want there to be opportunities for young artists rub elbows with the established pros.

Mark Schultz during his inking with a brush demonstration at SFAL. All workshops were free to attendees. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Mark Schultz during his inking with a brush demonstration at SFAL. All workshops were free to attendees. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Working with traditional tools is something that continues to gather the crowds to watch. Artists and fans young and old surrounded Mark Schultz. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Working with traditional tools is something that continues to gather the crowds to watch. Artists and fans young and old surrounded Mark Schultz. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Then to get back to the main areas of growth, fourth, there were more artists at the show. Besides the five special show guests, plus the ten additional artists who joined us at our Flesk / Spectrum booth, if you add the artist exhibitors to the list, there were over 200 artists there to meet, learn from, get autographs and purchase original artwork from.

I’ll add too, that we continued to make sure we kept the daily ticket prices at only $20, or all three days for $40, since we want to make sure the show is easily accessible. If you took all of the workshops that were available to all of the attendees at no additional price, it’s an incredible bargain.

Left to right, Cory Godbey (out of frame), Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt (behind Anthony) and John Flesk during the Spectrum 21 panel where they reminisced about the judging event and answered questions about the process of how the judging works. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, Cory Godbey (out of frame), Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt (behind Anthony) and John Flesk during the Spectrum 21 panel where they reminisced about the judging event and answered questions about the process of how the judging works. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, four of the Spectrum 21 jury members: Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt and Spectrum director John Flesk spoke for nearly an hour about the Spectrum 21 judging weekend, including their tour of San Francisco once the judging was complete. Shelly Wan makes up the fifth jury member, who was unable to make the show. We missed not having her there! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, four of the Spectrum 21 jury members: Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt and Spectrum director John Flesk spoke for nearly an hour about the Spectrum 21 judging weekend, including their tour of San Francisco once the judging was complete. Shelly Wan makes up the fifth jury member, who was unable to make the show. We missed not having her there! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Cory Godbey speaking at the Spectrum 21 panel at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Cory Godbey speaking at the Spectrum 21 panel at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: Why have the show in Kansas City?

Answer: The main reason why I like having the show in Kansas City is its central position within the country. This allows SFAL to attract artists from the west and east coasts, as well as everywhere in-between to make for an exceptionally diverse group. The city is just a one to three hour flight from most states making it easy to travel to. Also, Kansas City offers inexpensive hotels, a wide variety of restaurants from quick meals to fine dining, all of which are within a short walking distance to the convention center. The local community and city itself have been very supportive as well.

Question: What type of artists do you want to see at SFAL?

Answer: One of the main aspects that I want to retain about the show is the heart. We want SFAL to grow while maintaining the essence of bringing the community together to a welcoming environment. With this said, I would like to continue to see artists come to the show who are supportive of one another and who enjoy the collaborative process of growing together. Anyone who has something to communicate through art, artists who are enthusiastic–even those who may feel unwelcome elsewhere–we want them here.

Question: Beyond community and workshop opportunities from the show, what practical aspects can the artists expect to gain from exhibiting at the show.

Answer: As someone who has exhibited at over 100 shows, I’m well aware of the time and cost considerations that go into exhibiting at a show. For me personally, the show has to make sense and be practical beyond just having a fun time to justify going in the first place, let alone signing up to go again the next year. The Spectrum committee is well aware of the need for fans and patrons to attend the show who are willing to buy artwork to allow the artist to continue to create their artwork. We had placed advertisements in newspapers, magazines, online and even run TV commercials, as well as social networking to inform, educate and encourage people to come to the show. It’s all well and good to say we will have a good time, but we need this to make sense for everyone. None of the Spectrum committee has taken a salary and we’ve turned all of the money right back into next year’s show, so we are committed to making this happen.

Question: What type of atmosphere do you hope to create for SFAL?

Answer: Our goal is for this show to be an event that is something in-between the comic shows and fine art shows. We want the sophistication and focus on the art that the fine art shows have, yet the accessibility and fun that can be found at a comic show. And again, we want people to have the opportunity to grow and to be inspired upon leaving that combined will benefit their art and careers.

Question: Are there any after-hours activities?

Answer: Yes. Every night. There was the Spectrum Awards, a life-drawing event and social gatherings. After-hours activities are important, not just for the attendees who want to keep enjoying their time in Kansas City, but also for the exhibitors who have been at their booths all day and want to enjoy the company of their fellow professionals. Starting on Thursday evening, planned evening hot-spots are promoted where everyone can all get together. These are public places and welcome to all. This year was exciting in that by Sunday there were three main locations that were packed with people from the show, compared to just the one spot the following two years. One of my favorite comments this year was that our previous quiet spot was now packed with people from the show late into each night. I hope to hear this complaint more and more.

Question: What was the life-drawing event?

Answer: On Friday night, a large room and models were secured in the Aladdin hotel where artists were able to draw direct from life. Roughly 150 artists were there. It’s proven to be very popular these last three years.

A backstage view during the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony at the Midland Theatre on May 10th. Quixotic Fusion dancers illuminate the evening. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

A backstage view during the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony at the Midland Theatre on May 10th. Quixotic Fusion dancers illuminate the evening. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Quixotic Fusion continues to entertain the SFAL crowd. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Quixotic Fusion continues to entertain the SFAL crowd. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: And can you give me some more details about the Spectrum Awards?

Answer: The Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony was held on May 10th at the historic Midland Theater. The gold and silver Spectrum 21 awards were handed out to sixteen artists within eight categories. This is the time to shine the spotlight on the artists and make them the stars, while celebrating their hard work and achievements. We also announce the 2014 Spectrum Grand Master Award, the recipient of which has to have had over 20 years in the field, given freely to the community, inspired a new generation and whose art is exceptional in every way. This year the award was given to Iain McCaig. There was live entertainment, amazing heartwarming acceptance speeches and a lively after-party.

The Spectrum 21 Awards support team. It takes a big crew to run the awards ceremony. This picture was taken just after the evening came to an end. Time to celebrate! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

The Spectrum 21 Awards support team. It takes a big crew to run the awards ceremony. This picture was taken just after the evening came to an end. Time to celebrate! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

More pictures and Q&A coming soon.

Enjoy,

John

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

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.

Attention San Jose Shoppers. Flesk, Spectrum, Cho, Silke and Schultz hit the Big Wow Time.

An update from John Flesk, Mark Schultz, and business consultant and long-haul driver Jim Reid–From the Painted Desert, AZ: On the road to Big Wow ComicFest.

We had hoped to ditch Frank Cho in Kansas City after the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, but due to poor planning, he will continue to terrorize us at the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, CA this weekend. We will have free Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method promotional postcards at our Flesk booth, which you can have signed by Cho. He will be signing at his table and offering a free oil painting demonstration, the results of which will be auctioned at the shows end.

Mark Schultz will be at our Flesk table, and will be happy to give his frank opinion of Frank. You can hear Mark’s often incoherent ramblings while viewing his originals and perusing his Flesk books, of which we will have plenty. New Storms at Sea postcards are complimentary, as well as his his same old autograph.

Completing our triad of booth appearances, Jim “Smooth As” Silke will have originals of tastefully rendered women in various states of undress and fit for any gentleman’s parlor or lady’s sitting room. Come by and see what he has in the works with Flesk.

The complete Flesk book and print catalog will be available at our Flesk / Spectrum booth, #418. And for the thrifty shopper, fill in your bookshelf with selections from our bargain basement, where we will be offering dinged and scuffed books at deep, deep discount prices.

Big Wow ComicFest has become the Bay Area’s best and biggest comic convention. Meet scores of comic artists from the around the world! Visit the many panels and workshops! Visit the website for ticket and location information.

We hope to see you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
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