Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients!

Spectrum 24 cover by Iain McCaig

For 24 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. During a ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, April 22nd, the celebration continued with the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The ceremony was held in the historic Folly Theater and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as J.A.W. Cooper, John English, James Gurney, Lauren Panepinto, John Picacio, Dan dos Santos, Bob Self, and Richard & Wendy Pini, Colin & Kristine Poole, George Pratt, Terryl Whitlatch. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Maeret Lemons served as the MC during the ceremony. Voler: Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s Premier Aerial Academy and Aerial Performance Collective, performed during the evening.

The 5 finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by a blue-ribbon jury consisting of Christian Alzmann [artist], Laurie Lee Brom [artist], Mark Newman[sculptor/artist], Victo Ngai [artist, instructor], and John Picacio [artist] from over 5000 artworks submitted to the twenty-fourth annual competition. Also presented at the ceremony were the Rising Star Award, created and presented by sculptors Kristine and Colin Poole and intended to encourage a young artist, and the Spectrum Grand Master Award which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s Grand Master recipient was legendary comics creator Bill Sienkiewicz, who was present to accept his award and say a few words to the audience.

The award-winning art will appear with nearly 500 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 24 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November.

Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Bill Sienkiewicz

ADVERTISING

Silver Award
Greg Ruth / “Daredevil”

Gold Award
Bayard Wu / “Hunting”

Other nominees:
Kellan Jett / “Hell”
Edward Kinsella III / “Carnival of Souls”
Bill Mayer / “Savages”

BOOK

Silver Award
Edward Kinsella III / “Danneee”

Gold Award
Brom / “Lamia”

Other nominees:
Richard Anderson / “Red Tide”
Tommy Arnold / “On the Wheel”
Goni Montes / “Tamiel”

COMIC

Silver Award
Dave McKean / “Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash”

Gold Award
Jeremy Wilson / “Chimera Brigade #5”

Other nominees:
Arthur Adams / “Guardians of the Galaxy #19 (cover)”
Nic Klein / “Drifter #13, pages 8 and 9”
David Palumbo / “Swallowed Whole”

CONCEPT ART

Silver Award
Iain McCaig / “King Ape Minion”

Gold Award
Sean Murray / “Court of the Dead: Voxxingard”

Other nominees:
Te Hu / “Secret of Seda”
Tyler Jacobson / “Hill Giant Queen”
Ronan Le Fur / “Fortress Africa”

DIMENSIONAL

Silver Award
Akihito / “Nephila”

Gold Award
Jesse Thompson / “Dress-Up Frog Legs”

Other nominees:
Amilcar Fong / “Oglavaeil The Executioner”
Virginie Ropars / “Yevabog”
Dug Stanat / “The Corruption of Father O’Malley”

EDITORIAL

Silver Award
Galen Dara / “Seven Salt Tears”

Gold Award
Tim O’Brien / Beyonce “Lemonade”

Other nominees:
Clint Cearley / “Broken Concentration ”
Tran Nguyen / “La Beaute Sans Vertu”
Armando Veve / “War Music”

INSTITUTIONAL

Silver Award
Ed Binkley / “William Finds Some Flowers and a Giant”

Gold Award
Bill Carman / “Ms. Hatter and a Smile”

Other nominees:
Wesley Burt / “Accursed Witch”
Travis Louie / “Mojo Jojo Circa 1897”
Stephan Martiniere / “Tie Fighter Down”

UNPUBLISHED

Silver Award
Jeffrey Alan Love / “Orange Skies”

Gold Award
Karla Ortiz / “The Death I Bring”

Other nominees:
J.A.W. Cooper / “Stealth”
Diego Fernandez / “375”
Greg Ruth / “Lagoon”

RISING STAR AWARD

Alessandra Pisano

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE

Bill Sienkiewicz

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony!

Spectrum 24 cover by Iain McCaig

The Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony!

For 24 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world.

The Spectrum Awards Ceremony will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday night, April 22nd. Entry is free for all Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event ticket holders and exhibitors.

This celebration will present the Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished.

The ceremony will be held in the historic Folly Theater and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters include such luminaries of the art community as J.A.W. Cooper, John English, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Lauren Panepinto, John Picacio, Dan dos Santos, Bob Self, and Richard & Wendy Pini, Colin & Kristine Poole, George Pratt, Terryl Whitlatch. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner will introduce a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Maeret Lemons will serve as the MC during the ceremony. Voler: Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s Premier Aerial Academy and Aerial Performance Collective, will perform during the evening.

A newly designed Spectrum award will be revealed! Even more reason why you will want to be there! We’ll share who the sculptor is and highlight the new award here after the weekend.

We hope to see you there!

www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017 Special Guests!

Hi, everyone,

It’s happening!

After months of planning, the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event is running this weekend. SFAL is the show where the artists are the stars. It is held at the Kansas City Convention Center on April 21-23. It’s only $5 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free. More information can be found at www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

We will have a large Flesk/Spectrum 12 booth section where 16 artists, including our special guests and additional artists who have been published by Flesk, can be found.

Twelve of them have been published by Flesk including Daren Bader, Brom, Bill Carman, Iain McCaig, Terry Dodson, Frank Cho, Jaw Cooper, Gary Gianni, Android Jones, Jeffrey Alan Love, Richard and Wendy Pini, and Terryl Whitlatch! Also joining us are Laurie Lee Brom, James Gurney, and Aaron Lopresti.

Here’s a run down of some of the books that will be available by each artist at our booth.

Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader

The Art of Brom by Brom

Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman

Iain McCaig featured on the cover of Spectrum 24

Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Collection Volume 2

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method

J.A.W. Cooper’s Spectrum 24 nominated artwork, Stealth. Also included in her upcoming book from Flesk.

Gary Gianni’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Android Jones’ cover for Spectrum 24

Jeffrey Alan Love’s Notes from the Shadowed City

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini edited by Richard Pini

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is the show where the artists are the stars. It is held at the Kansas City Convention Center on April 21-23.

Only $5 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free.
www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Rising Star Award!

Spectrum Fantastic Art is proud to announce the continuation of the Rising Star Award during the Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony. This award will recognize and acknowledge an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional abilities and dedication in the fantastic art arena.

The Rising Star Award intends to encourage all newcomers to stay focused on their work and persevere through the challenges they will face in building a career in the creative arts.

The nominees for the Rising Star Award will be chosen at SFAL on April 21, 2017 by Colin and Kristine Poole, John Fleskes, and Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Furthermore, any representative selected by the Fenners and John Fleskes may also participate in the nomination selection. All artists exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, and have been working professionally for approximately five years or less, and any artist who demonstrate exceptional imagination, skill and dedication to their art will be considered. From this group of nominees, the final award winner will be selected by Colin and Kristine Poole and announced at the Spectrum 24 Awards ceremony at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on April 22. This is a remarkable opportunity for emerging artists to have their work presented to the larger community and to make valuable connections and contacts.

The Spectrum 24 Rising Star Recipient will receive the Rising Star bronze award created by Colin and Kristine Poole, an artist feature in Spectrum 24 and a complimentary artist table provided for the next SFAL event. This will be an annual award.

Good luck everyone!

John

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A Note of Thanks

Hi, everyone,

Over these last few weeks I’ve been grateful to hear the excitement and to see the thank you posts from the artists who were selected for inclusion into Spectrum. This has come in the form of Instagram and Facebook posts, through email, and in a few cases directly in person.

When someone takes the time to write and thank us it goes a long way. It gives us a boost and encourages us to keep working hard for this community.

Kathy and I work throughout the day in relative seclusion in our office where we are interacting with 300 artist’s for the book and an additional 150 or so more for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. It is a monumental task that can be tough at times due to the shear amount of work that we need to accomplish within a given time frame.

But, this would be much harder if not for the support, the good vibes, the thank you messages and help you all give us. Even the slightest praise goes a long way.

Between now and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, Kathy and I will be in the trenches of preparations for the show. Along with our Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner, and the core SFAL helpers and many volunteers, we aim to make this the best event we have ever held the honor of hosting. Nothing of any true value is done alone. This is all the result of all of us working together and helping one another.

I just wanted to give everyone a high five, a fist bump, pat on the back and a giant group hug of thanks!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing at Sketchpad Gallery Today!

Today is the big day! See you all at the Spectrum book signing at the Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco.

I’ve loaded up the truck with books and included a free gift to give away to whoever shows up (100 available). To find out what it is you’ll need to show up.

The Spectrum book signing event at Sketchpad Gallery will be held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, today from 4:00 to 7:00p.m.

Please visit our Facebook event page for more details.

We hope to see you there!

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http://spectrumfantasticart.com/

Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes Video Update #7

Hi everyone,

My latest video update is here! Kathy asked me questions about the Spectrum book signing event this weekend, what books we are working on, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and the Spectrum Awards ceremony, as well as details about the Stoke Out charity event for fall 2017.

One cut, one take, totally unscripted. Kathy sits me down and gets me talking!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!

Hi, everyone,
We’re just over one week away from the Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!
 
We will be having a Spectrum book signing event held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. So far we have a dozen confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book including Steven Russell Black, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Michael Manomivibul, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Chris Koehler, Jonathan Wayshak, Tiffany Turrill and Alyssa Winans.
 
We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the books.
Refreshments will be provided.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 24 Artist List!

Hi everyone,

The official Spectrum 24 Artist List has been posted!

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-fourth volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

The five member jury selected nearly 500 works by 297 artists that will make up Spectrum 24. These creators that work in every style and medium–both traditional and digital–represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time.

Please click here to view the list, then click on the “Artist” tab:

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrum-24.php

Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.

From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 24. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. This includes putting out the Spectrum annual each year, organizing and running the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony where we hand out the Spectrum awards, and making the artist feature videos that we post online.

You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrum-24.php

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Award Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for nearly a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, April 22 as part of the art-focused convention, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. The 2017 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Kellan Jett

Kellan Jett
Hell (detail)

Edward Kinsella III

Edward Kinsella III
Carnival of Souls

Bill Mayer

Bill Mayer
Savages

Greg Ruth

Greg Ruth
Daredevil

Bayard Wu

Bayard Wu
Hunting

BOOK CATEGORY

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson
Red Tide

Tommy Arnold

Tommy Arnold
On the Wheel

Brom

Brom
Lamia

Edward Kinsella III

Edward Kinsella III
Danneee

Goni Montes

Goni Montes
Tamiel

COMIC CATEGORY

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 (cover)

Nic Klein

Nic Klein
Drifter #13, pages 8 and 9

Dave McKean

Dave McKean
Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

David Palumbo

David Palumbo
Swallowed Whole

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson
Chimera Brigade #5

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Te Hu

Te Hu
Secret of Seda

Tyler Jacobson

Tyler Jacobson
Hill Giant Queen

Ronan Le Fur

Ronan Le Fur
Fortress Africa

Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig
Minion 5

Sean Murray

Sean Murray
Court of the Dead: Voxxingard

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Akihito

Akihito
Nephila

Amilcar Fong

Amilcar Fong
Oglavaeil The Executioner

Virginie Ropars

Virginie Ropars
Yevabog

Dug Stanat

Dug Stanat
The Corruption of Father O’Malley

Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson
Dress-Up Frog Legs

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Clint Cearley

Clint Cearley
Broken Concentration

Galen Dara

Galen Dara
Seven Salt Tears

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen
La Beaute Sans Vertu

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien
Beyonce “Lemonade”

Armando Veve

Armando Veve
War Music

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Ed Binkley

Ed Binkley
William Finds Some Flowers and a Giant

Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt
Accursed Witch

Bill Carman

Bill Carman
Ms. Hatter and a Smile

Travis Louie

Travis Louie
Mojo Jojo Circa 1897

Stephan Martiniere

Stephan Martiniere
Tie Fighter Down

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

J.A.W. Cooper

J.A.W. Cooper
Stealth

Diego Fernandez

Diego Fernandez
375

Jeffrey Alan Love

Jeffrey Alan Love
Orange Skies

Karla Ortiz

Karla Ortiz
The Death I Bring

Greg Ruth

Greg Ruth
Lagoon

 

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Update!

Spectrum 24 Update!

I’ll be posting the artist list and the awards nominees on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website this Monday, March 6th. Here’s a more official news item that has been posted on the spectrumfantasticart.com website.

This picture shows Mark Newman during the print voting process. Not too many people submit prints these days, but the beans and cups has been a tradition for 24 years now.

The Spectrum 24 Judging Event is a Wrap! Artist List and Awards Nominees Will Post on Monday, March 6th!

The Spectrum 24 judging event was held on February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, CA. We were joined by the exceptional industry talents consisting of Christian Andrea Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who spent the full day reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions. Lifelong friends were made as the group engaged with one another in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. “The day couldn’t have gone better,” shares Spectrum director John Fleskes. “This group was an absolute joy to host for the day. The vibe was great during the course of the long day and the jury worked exceptionally well together as they made their anonymous picks for the book, then as they worked as a team to finalize the nominations and eventual award recipients for each category. The day was a blast!”

The Spectrum team is currently compiling the artist’s names and works that were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 24. The list will be posted on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website this Monday, March 6th. In addition, the award nominees will also be posted on this same day. Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! And thank you to Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio for being so giving of their time to maintain the high standards of excellence that makes Spectrum the premier art annual in the fantastic arts!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Judging Event This Saturday!

Hi, everyone,
Preparations for the Spectrum 24 judging event this weekend continues! The Flesk office is now officially ready.
 
The judges will be arriving throughout the day tomorrow as we spend some quality time together prior to the day of judging on Saturday. I’ll be posting updates all throughout the day. This is going to be fun!
Here’s a selection of banners that we will using as background props during the filming and photography.
The camera gear is ready and waiting for the Spectrum 24 jury to arrive. We’ll be capturing the day to share with you all.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Judging Event!

The Spectrum 24 judging event will be held at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, CA on February 25, 2017. We will be the hosts to industry luminaries Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who will be reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions.

The first phase of the day consists of the judges voting anonymously on the works they feel have achieved a standard of excellence for inclusion into the book. Discussion among the jury regarding individual entries is discouraged during this time. A majority consisting of three of more votes from the five member panel guarantees the art for inclusion into Spectrum 24.

Phase two of the day brings the jury together for a group discussion to determine the silver and gold awards for each of the eight categories.

It is instrumental that if we are working for the community that we bring members of the community together when such important decisions are made. Nothing compares to or can beat what a jury group can accomplish when unified and working together in person. This is why year after year those who serve on the Spectrum panel end up becoming life-long friends after sharing the experience.

This is just one example of how Spectrum’s mission to serve others is maintained. Because this is what Spectrum is all about. It’s about all of you, bringing us together, building upon the community and sharing our accomplishments with the widest audience possible. We look forward to sharing videos, pictures and stories from the judging event. Thanks again to all of those who submitted to Spectrum 24. Good luck!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Book Signing Event at Gallery Nucleus Videos!

The Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2017.Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres.

The artist’s in attendance included Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

We hope you enjoy these five videos that captured the evening.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!

Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!
 
We will be having a Spectrum book signing event held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. So far we have a dozen confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!
 
We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the books.
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Confirmed artists to date include Steven Russell Black, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Michael Manomivibul, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Chris Koehler, Jonathan Wayshak, Tiffany Turrill and Alyssa Winans.
 
If you are an artist who has been featured in past volumes of Spectrum and are willing to attend, please let us know! We would enjoy seeing you as part of the event.
 

Enjoy,

John

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Thank You For Submitting to Spectrum 24!

Hi, everyone,

Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! We are eternally grateful to the artists, art directors, artist representatives and all of those in this amazing community who support us. We never take what we do for granted and understand that without your trust and support none of this would be possible. Thank you!

Kathy and I are currently reviewing all of the submissions, and labeling and sorting them in preparation for the Spectrum judging event which will be held on February 25, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California at our Flesk Publications offices. Everyone who submitted will receive an email confirmation once we have verified your art and database entry. It will take us at least one full week to go over everything. Additionally, we will be in touch if we have any questions. We want you to have the best opportunity to be seen by the jury and we look forward to working on your behalf.

I’ll keep you updated during this process as I share news and stories along the way.

We wish everyone the best of luck and thank you again for your support!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call For Entries Submissions Deadline is Wednesday, January 25th!

Hi, all,

The purpose of Spectrum has always been to showcase the brightest creators working today while embracing diversity. As a result Spectrum has the highest profile and circulation of any art annual or sourcebook currently being published, either in the United States or abroad: more eyes means not only a greater appreciation and respect for our field, but also more opportunities for everyone. It is the active participation of the art community that makes Spectrum possible without you it can’t succeed. We need you. As the deadline for entries nears please help us spread the word to your fellow artists via your websites, blogs, and social media pages; share the link to the entry form and help us meet the challenge of keeping Spectrum fresh, vibrant, and truly representative of the fantastic art field. The harder the jury has to work while casting their votes this year, the more significant having work selected for inclusion is. Life is a competition and the arts are no different; Spectrum is a symbol of individual accomplishment, but it’s also celebrating the accomplishments of our entire community. Click here to submit.

Read the press release with quotes by the jury by clicking here.

Thank you!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Deadline Jan. 25th! Plus Submission Tips!

Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 ending on Wednesday, January 25th I have written a series of submission tips. You can submit by mail or online! All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. There is no unacceptable way to create art. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury, including Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio, will be printed in full color in the Spectrum 24 annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

(Spectrum submission link)

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #1

Is there an advantage to entering my art online or by mail as a print?

The important thing to know right off the bat is that one option does not give you an edge over the other option. Both digital and print submissions get equal attention from the judges and you have an equal chance of getting selected regardless of how you enter.

For Spectrum 21-23, eighty-five percent of the submissions came in online. Out of curiosity I paid attention to the percentage of art that was selected in both the digital and print areas to see if one had an advantage over the other. They were both right in line with one another. One method did not visibly outweigh the other.

The jury views the digitally submitted art on individual 24″ screens (not projected to the group) and the prints are presented on tables. Each jury member votes anonymously and at his or her own pace. Discussion and grouping is discouraged (with the exception of the awards selections) to keep the selection process fair and truthful. To get into Spectrum you need three or more of the five jury member’s votes. It’s not easy to get in. Historically around eight to nine percent of the submissions make it into the yearly annual.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #2

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Seen!

Take advantage of the artwork submission guidelines by submitting good quality prints or digital files. We can’t stress this enough. We want everyone to have the best chance to be seen by the jury.

If you are submitting online take advantage of our maximum size at 2000 pixels wide and/or 2000 pixels tall. (JPG file no larger than 10MB.) Each jury member uses his or her own large screen when viewing the artwork. Make sure your art fills the screen so they can take a good look at it! Don’t send in a small postcard sized thumbnail. Take the time to prepare a proper presentation.

For submissions by mail, I recommend sending in a print out of your art no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and no larger than 18″ x 24″. I think the best sizes range from 9″ x 12″ to 11″ x 17″. Yes, some people send in massive poster sized images. It’s just too big. Just like art displayed too small can make it hard for the jury members to view, art too big doesn’t necessarily mean you have a better chance. The print submissions are placed out on tables for the jury members to view and vote for individually.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #3

Dimensional Category Allows Three Views!

Anyone submitting to the Dimensional category is allowed to submit up to three views. If you are submitting a sculpture we recommend a full shot from the front, a side view and a back view or detail. We want the jury to see these multiple angles of your work so that they have adequate visual information to base their decisions. This is especially important if your art is considered for an award.

Another tip for this category is our recommendation to get a clear, in focus, quality photographs. Don’t take simple, quick snaps with your phone. If you do not have a good camera then take the extra time to find someone who does, light your piece well and make sure the details are visible in the pictures that you send us.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #4

Does my artwork have to be fantasy related to submit to Spectrum?

Yes: Spectrum’s focus is on “Fantastic Art.” HOWEVER keep in mind that focus covers a sweeping range of possibilities. Fantastic Art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: Fantastic Art chronicles places and peoples and creatures and events that aren’t or never were. Just as there is no unacceptable way to create art, there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Spectrum doesn’t define Fantastic Art: what YOU do and what the JURY selects does. We do not pre-screen submissions and we do not arbitrarily restrict the type of art that is submitted. We make sure every submission is viewed with fairness and an open mind by the jury. We embrace all art works in all mediums embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, the surreal, fine art and more. Each type (and types that we may not have even thought of) is eligible for this show.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #5

How do I know that my submission arrived?

We take great care in reviewing the details of every submission that arrives. For online entries we check your online form and artwork to make sure your name, the art title and all other relevant details match. Once this is done we send an official email confirmation to notify you that your submission has been accepted. For submissions that arrive as prints in the mail, once you see that your payment has been processed you can rest assured that we have processed your submissions.

If we have any questions or if any art is missing we will contact you by email or by phone. We take great care in making sure all submissions look their best for the jury.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #6

What is the #1 mistake people make when submitting online?

Not labeling their art when posting it. A small percentage of people do not include their name or art title when uploading their art. In this case we send an email asking for clarification or new art files properly labeled. Please label your art by first and last name followed by the art title!

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #7

Can I submit fan art relating to Star Wars, Marvel or DC characters or my favorite super-hero or pop culture character?

Not unless you have the express permission from the copyright or license holder. We respect the artists copyrights and the companies copyrights. You can not submit works of art that infringe on the rights of someone else.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #8

Don’t wait until the last minute!

Each year we get people contacting us the day after the deadline who had some sort of an issue or question that prevented them from submitting late in the night in the final hours. Don’t wait until the last day to submit, just to be safe, and to have an extra day built in if you have an issue.

We do not accept submissions after the deadline. There are no exceptions. The submissions deadline is Wednesday, January 25th at 11:59 PM PST.

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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New Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Website!

Hi, all,

We’ve made a new Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event website. We will be providing additional updates and details about the show weekly.

The Booths are now sold out. After talking with Arnie and Cathy Fenner we decided to keep the Artist Tables at the low price of only $250.00. We still have some of those left. It’s an inexpensive way to get you and your art in front of a core audience who supports the fantastic art community.

We have brought our exhibitor list up to date on the new Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website.

Thanks to all of those who have signed up to take part in the show. There would be no event without these exhibitors and we want them to know how much we appreciate all of them!

Here’s a video showing some of those who exhibited at SFAL4.

Here’s the link to see who will be there.

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

A Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner

fenner-fleskA Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner. The picture is of Greg Preston taking our group picture at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

We wanted to take the briefest of moments today to express our sincere appreciation to all that have supported Spectrum, Flesk Publications, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live over the past twelve months. Even as there were great things—highlights—in 2016, there were just as certainly heartbreaks as well; we know it was a challenging year for everyone for any number of reasons. The prolonged and negative election season—and the results—caused anger and division, creating a toxic atmosphere that has affected everything: the arts and artists weren’t immune. In talking with creators since the last SFAL we know that the pessimism and uncertainty translated into sporadic work for some and softer sales for many, whether via the internet, through gallery shows, or at conventions.

In the search for understanding it can be painfully easy to point fingers and blame others who don’t share the same opinions or beliefs, easy to splinter off into like-minded groups to jeer or despair, easy to get locked into a cycle of acrimony, resentment, or prejudice.

The only sure way to break that cycle is to push forward. To channel our feelings into who and what we are: artists. We have the ability to express ourselves through our creativity when others around us feel frustrated and mute—and our positive progress forward can inspire others. The arts and artists help to give a voice to the voiceless. As Alex Gray once said, “When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.”

With Spectrum we’ve always believed that there is strength in our unity, strength in our diversity, strength in our inclusiveness, strength in our community: our respect for each other and willingness to work for a common good allows us to stand when sometimes standing is hardest. Our strength as a community, as a family, is tempered by our compassion, not just for those with whom we share tastes, outlooks, and opinions, but for all. Together we can make things better for ourselves and for those around us in 2017 and beyond.

After the holidays we’ll start to push SFAL and the Spectrum 24 competition and the various titles forthcoming from Flesk; we have some exciting projects in the works that we’ll be announcing soon (and a number of you will be involved, whether you know it yet or not). But until then we simply wanted to say thanks to everyone for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful and vibrant community. Together, the best is yet to come.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum 23 Book Preview Video

Hi, all,

Kathy and I made a new video that focuses on Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. We flip through the new book while I included commentary highlighting some of the behind the scenes details. Spectrum 23 jury members, Dave Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher and Terryl Whitlatch offer additional insight into what makes Spectrum the premiere fantasy art collection.

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is Open!

spectrum-24-call-for-entries-posterHi, everyone,

Reminder time! The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is open! We’ve already received many beautiful works. The entry deadline is January 25th. We look forward to presenting these works to the all-star jury at the end of February. Thanks to everyone who has submitted so far!

Entry details:

Thanks,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

 

Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus on December 3rd!

Spectrum-23-cover-webHi, everyone,

I have some exciting news to share! We will be having a Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd!

So far we have 20 confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!

We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the book. Event runs from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Spectrum 23 Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1803853469890593/

Featured Artists to date:
Chris Ayers
Julia Blattman
Tuna Bora
J.A.W. Cooper
Alina Chau
Waiji Choo
Craig Elliott
Chuck Grieb
Brian Haberlin
Erik Ly
Victor Maury
Bruce Mitchell
Brynn Metheny
Richard and Wendy Pini
Tooba Rezaei
Joseph Sanabria
William Stout
Shane Stover
Vin Teng

Enjoy,

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!

spectrum-24-call-for-entries-poster

Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster art by Justin Gerard.

Hi, everyone,

I am happy to share that the Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is now open! Here is the official press release.

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 24th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster art is by the revered fantasy illustrator and educator, Justin Gerard. This poster mails for free in the U.S.A to our Spectrum mailing list. If you would like to receive a poster you can fill out the online form here.

The Spectrum 24 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, John Picacio and Victo Ngai.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the jury we have brought together for Spectrum 24,” shares Spectrum director, John Fleskes. “I invited this quintet based on their outstanding work in the field. Furthermore, each has a shared passion for digital and traditional methods and they are well-versed on a wide range of contemporary fantastic art. Also of importance is that they all give back to the community through sharing online, teaching or in other ways. These five are extraordinary people in the industry who will do a superb job making the selections for inclusion into Spectrum 24.”

The Spectrum 24 jury has a deep passion for the annual, which is reflected by their praise of its community and contents.

“In 1995, while deciding whether or not to go to art school, I purchased my first Spectrum,” expresses Christian Alzmann. “It was Spectrum 2 and Frank Frazetta was Grand Master.  I have bought every edition since because I am always equally inspired and humbled by what’s on its pages.”

“Spectrum and the Spectrum community have had such a huge influence on me and on the creative direction of my art,” confesses Laurie Lee Brom. “I cannot wait to feast my eyes on the entries for Spectrum 24, and am ecstatic to be on the jury!”

“I’m truly honored to be chosen as one of the jurors on this year’s Spectrum publication,” says Mark Newman. “The first time I submitted work was way back in book 3 and ever since I’ve been a big fan and thrilled to be included in quite a few issues. Spectrum represents the best of contemporary fantastical art and I feel blessed to be given the chance to contribute in this way as a juror. Thank you John and a Big High Five for keeping this wonderful tradition alive.”

Spectrum represents such a rich visual history and standard of excellence for what we collectively dream in the fantastic art field,” states John Picacio. “I’ve always been grateful any time my work was selected for inclusion in the annual, and it’s a profound honor and responsibility to give back to the book this year as a juror.”

“Spectrum is one of the few illustration competitions I enter religiously every year since I graduated college,” offers Victo Ngai. “From getting in the first time, to my first medal, to creating the call for entry poster, Spectrum has been a goal, a running-mate and milestones in my career. This year, I am very humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the jury for the first time, can’t wait to see the brutal behind-the-scenes of this prestigious and highly selective competition.”

For over twenty-three years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Hundreds of copies are sent out gratis with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual. The circulation of Spectrum far exceeds those of other annuals and resource books; we deliberately maintain a price that makes it affordable for every budget. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

The largest of this field’s competitions is also the toughest to make; the act of entering art does not guarantee inclusion in the book. Not everyone gets in. The “excellence bar” is raised every year: the job of the jury to make selections gets increasingly difficult. Not being selected is not a personal criticism of the artist, but having your work chosen by the judges is of significance. Join with us to help celebrate twenty-three years by making this volume the best yet: considering the excellence of the work in the previous twenty-three books, it will be no small task, but we’re confident you all can do it.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,

Spectrum 23 Artist Complimentary Copies Mailing Soon!

Spectrum-23-cover-webAttention Spectrum 23 artists! Have you moved recently?
 
We will begin shipping out the complimentary copies of the Spectrum 23 hardcover edition to the artists who are included in the book very soon. If you have moved since you provided us with your original submission please let us know right away!
 
Just email orders@fleskpublications.com with your updated address.
 
These books will begin to arrive in your mailboxes prior to it being available in the stores!
 
Thank you!

Enjoy,

John

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