Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is Open!

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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,

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

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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!

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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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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster Revealed!

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

The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster design is complete! This will go to press in another week. If you are not already on our Spectrum mailing list you can sign up for a free copy to arrive in your mailbox (within the U.S.A.) here:

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/newsletter.php

Poster art by Justin Gerard.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Judging Event Videos and Interviews

Hi, everyone,

Here are all of the Spectrum 23 interviews that were filmed during the judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California. Enjoy!

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Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony Pictures and Story

Hello, everyone,

The Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony was held on May 7, 2016 at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. The following thirty pictures with captions represent a visual journal of the evening.

A special thank you to the presenters, everyone at the Society of illustrators who assisted with the event and to everyone who joined us during the evening.

Also, our utmost gratitude goes to Colin and Kristine Poole for once again making the original bronze Spectrum Muse awards. They are stunning to see in person!

Unless otherwise noted, most of these photographs were taken by our volunteer for the evening, Brian Britigan, who was recommended by Dan dos Santos and Sam Weber. Thank you so much gentlemen!

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The legendary artists Vincent di Fate (at left) and Michael Whelan talk prior to the event starting.

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Cathy Fenner with Arnie Fenner (center) and Dave Palumbo (right). Dave was the single representative from the Spectrum 23 jury present that evening.

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One of my favorite illustrators and Spectrum 21 Call for Entries poster artist, Victo Ngai talks with Donato Giancola.

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Arnie Fenner (left) and Cathy Fenner with me, John Fleskes, prior to the event starting.

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Marc Scheff entertains as the awards ceremony is about to begin.

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Here, I open the Spectrum Awards ceremony by talking about the importance of the Spectrum community and its open door policy, why artists are my heroes, paying compliments to the Spectrum 23 jury and introduce Colin and Kristine Poole to present the Rising Star Award.

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Kristine and Colin Poole present the Spectrum Rising Star Award to new emerging artist who has shown an exceptional ability. Colin and Kristine conceived this award and I gave them my blessing to incorporate it into the Spectrum awards. This year the recognition went to Victor Maury.

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Victo Ngai presenting the Advertising category and revealing the silver and gold recipients.

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Nico Delort at the podium giving his acceptance speech for receiving the Spectrum Gold Award in the Advertising category.

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Art director for Orbit Books, Lauren Panepinto presenting the Book Awards category.

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Senior editor at Abrams ComicArts and Spectrum Advisory Board member, Charles Kochman presents the Comic category awards.

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Dan dos Santos accepting on behalf of Nic Klein for his Silver Award in the Comics category for “Drifter.”

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The science fiction illustrator, Vincent di Fate presents the awards for the Concept Art category.

Spectrum23-awards-pic-14Cathy and Arnie Fenner pause to reflect on those we lost in 2015 as well as to pay tribute to Kim Kincaid who passed away recently. This was a very touching part of the ceremony which included a short video.

In the lower middle is the technician Steve Compton who helped immensely by running the videos throughout the evening. Thanks Steve!

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Nine time Spectrum award winner, Donato Giancola continued the ceremony by presenting the Dimensional category awards.

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The art director for Asset International, SooJin Buzelli was our presenter for the Editorial category awards.

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Artist and entrepreneur, Marc Scheff lent his excellent speaking skills to presenting the Institutional category awards.

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Dave Palumbo was in attendance to present the Institutional Silver Award to his mother, Julie Bell. A highlight of the evening, especially with mother’s day being the next day.

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The amazing Julie Bell during her acceptance speech.

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The publisher of Baby Tattoo Books and long time friend of Spectrum, Bob Self offered his exceptional stage presence while presenting the Unpublished category awards.

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Artist Rob Rey during his acceptance speech for receiving the Gold award in the Unpublished category.

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Rebecca Guay, who is one of the most respected artists in the industry, honored us by presenting the Spectrum Grand Master Award to Mike Mignola.

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Rebecca Guay as she invited Mike Mignola up on the stage.

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Mike Mignola giving his acceptance speech for joining the ranks of a Spectrum Grand Master.

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As the awards ceremony came to a close, a group of us gathered for a picture on stage. From left to right: Bob Self, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner, Nico Delort, Mike Mignola, Charles Kochman, Richard Pini and John Fleskes.

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Mike Mignola during the after party showing off his custom made one of a kind bronze Grand Master Award made by Colin and Kristine Poole. Everyone wanted to talk with Mike and get a picture with him. Mike hasn’t quite figured out what an inspiration he is to the community at large. He’s humble that way.

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Overview shot of the after party on the third floor of the Society of Illustrators. In the far back you can see the original Normal Rockwell painting hanging above the bar.

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My dear friend and mentor (along with Cathy) and Spectrum co-founder, Arnie Fenner during the after party. Picture by John Fleskes.

Spectrum23-awards-pic-29Micheal Whelan, Donato Giancola and Arnie Fenner enjoying the after party. Picture by John Fleskes.

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Colin Poole with Dimensional category nominee Patrick Masson. Patrick flew in from France and brought his original work “The Blind Death” that was nominated for everyone to view. Amazing! Picture by John Fleskes.

Thanks again to everyone who came. This event takes weeks to prepare, but it is one of the best moments of the year. I’ll see you at the awards ceremony in Kansas City next year!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Awards Recipients!

Spectrum-23-cover-webFor 23 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. During a ceremony in New York City Saturday night, May 7th, 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 Society of Illustrators carriage house in midtown Manhattan and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Soojin Buzelli, Vincent Di Fate, Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Charlie Kochman, Lauren Panepinto, Victo  Ngaio, Marc Scheff, and Bob Self. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year.

The 5 finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by a blue-ribbon jury consisting of David Palumbo [artist], Cynthia Sheppard [artist/art director], Kirk Thatcher [director/producer/SFX artist], Charlie Wen [game designer], and Terryl Whitlatch [concept artist/film designer] from over 5000 artworks submitted to the twenty-third 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 recipient was legendary comics creator Mike Mignola, 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 23 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November.

Spectrum 23 Awards Recipients

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Mike Mignola

ADVERTISING

Silver Award
Joseph Qiu / “24 Hour Movie Marathon”

Gold Award
Nico Delort / “The Blessing of Athena”

Other nominees:
Bartosz Kosowski / “Discworld”
Colin Poole / “Vishnu’s Third Avatar”
Andrew Thompson / “Glitch”

BOOK

Silver Award
Karla Ortiz / “Sorcerer of the Wildeeps”

Gold Award
Rovina Cai / “Tom, Thom”

Other nominees:
Chris Ayers  /”Munchasaurus Rex”
Annie Stegg Gerard / “Renard and the Strawberries”
Donato Giancola / “Vesuvius”

COMIC

Silver Award
Nic Klein / “Drifter”

Gold Award
Daren Bader / “Tribes of Kai, page 41”

Other nominees:
Gael Bertrand / “Island #4 cover”
Tyler Crook / “Harrow County #1 cover”
Paolo Rivera / “Hellboy 1953”

CONCEPT ART

Silver Award
Te Hu / “Journey to West”

Gold Award
Vance Kovacs / “King Louie’s Court”

Other nominees:
Mirko Failoni / “The Mushroom Forest”
Seth Rutledge / “Window View”
Bayard Wu / “Dragon Island”

DIMENSIONAL

Silver Award
Thomas Kuebler / “Adelpha and Her Sister”

Gold Award
Forest Rogers / “The Morrigan”

Other nominees:
Akihito / “Death Wings”
Patrick Masson / “The Blind Death”
Dug Stanat / “Meeting Master Jones”

EDITORIAL

Silver Award
Chris Seaman / “Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen”

Gold Award
Tran Nguyen/”Traveling To a Distant Day”

Other nominees:
Donato Giancola / “Empathy”
Greg Ruth / “Finnegan’s Field”
Sam Weber / “The Language of Knives”

INSTITUTIONAL

Silver Award
Julie Bell / “Behind the Veil”

Gold Award
Tyler Jacobson / “Exalted Angel”

Other nominees:
Wesley Burt / “Natural Connection”
Bill Carman / “Medieval Batman”
Te Hu / “Offering”

UNPUBLISHED

Silver Award
Wayne Haag / “Dust Devil”

Gold Award
Rob Rey / “Bioluminescence”

Other nominees:
Dragan Bibin / “Pull”
Jaemin Kim / “King Under the Mountain”
Greg Opalinski / “Initiate”

RISING STAR AWARD

Victor Maury

Other nominees:
J.A.W. Cooper
Yoann Lossel

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE

Mike Mignola

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Rising Star Award Nominees Announced

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J.A.W. Cooper, Yoann Lossel and Victor Maury have been selected by Colin and Kristine Poole as the Rising Star nominees for 2016. The Spectrum Rising Star Award will be presented on May 7th at the Spectrum Awards Ceremony held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

This award will recognize and acknowledge one of these three emerging artists. Each demonstrates exceptional abilities and a dedication in the fantastic art arena. The recipient will be presented with the award by the Poole’s at the gala on May 7th.

To learn about the history behind the Rising Star Award, follow the link.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Artist List

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Spectrum 23 cover art “The Year of the Ram” by Android Jones. (androidjones.com)

Spectrum 23 Artist List

The complete list of artists selected for inclusion in the twenty-third volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available. The five-member jury chose nearly 500 works by 282 artists. These creators work in every style and medium—both traditional and digital—representing the finest in the fantasy, horror, science-fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find works by the top names in the field and also discover rising stars who are being published for the first time. Please click here to view the list.

Individual emails to those artists who have been accepted are being sent.

Thank you to our esteemed panel of judges—David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch—five of the most revered artists working in the industry. They reviewed thousands of entries during a daylong event held on February 27, 2016, at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California. The judges have nominated the top five works eligible for silver and gold awards in each of Spectrum’s eight categories. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony, held at New York City’s Society of Illustrators on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered! The full list with artwork can be viewed here.

From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted works to Spectrum 23. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. This includes publishing our annual volume each year; organizing and running the “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” event; putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony, where we hand out the Spectrum Muse bronze awards, designed and handcrafted by Colin and Kristine Poole; and making the feature videos that we post online. You have our most sincere gratitude.

Since its inception in 1994, Spectrum has strove to embrace diversity by keeping its doors open to every artist who wishes to participate. This mission statement is still evident more than two decades later, as we celebrate this astounding group of artists in Spectrum 23. They give us the broadest view of those working in the industry today.

Challenging, controversial, educational and irreverent, the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today’s culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary artists, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators. The best works from the United States, Europe, China, Australia, South America and beyond have been gathered in the only annual devoted exclusively to the fantastic arts, making Spectrum 23 one of the year’s most anticipated books.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Award Nominations!

The Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art jury has nominated the top five artist works in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch discussed the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony held at the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered!

 


 

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Nico-Delort-BlessingOfAthena-A-Spectrum23-nominationNico Delort
The Blessing of Athena



Bartosz-Kosowski-Discworld-A-Spectrum23-nominationBartosz Kosowski
Discworld


Colin-Poole-Vishnus-third-Avatar-A-Spectrum23-nominationColin Poole
Vishnu’s Third Avatar


Andrew-Thompson-Glitch-A-Spectrum23-nominationAndrew Thompson
Glitch


Joseph-Qiu-24HRmoviemarathon-A-Spectrum23-nominationJoseph Qiu
24 Hour Movie Marathon

 


 

BOOK CATEGORY

Chris_Ayers-Munchasaurus_Rex-B-Spectrum23-nominationChris Ayers
Munchasaurus Rex


RovinaCai_TomThom-Spectrum23-nominationRovina Cai
Tom, Thom


Donato-Giancola-Vesurius-B-Spectrum23-NominationDonato Giancola
Vesuvius


karla-ortiz-sorcererofthewildeeps-B-Spectrum23-nominationKarla Ortiz
Sorcerer of the Wildeeps


Annie_Stegg-Gerard-RenardAndTheStrawberries-B-Spectrum23-nominationAnnie Stegg Gerard
Renard and the Strawberries

 


 

COMIC CATEGORY

Daren-Bader-Tribes-of-Kai-pg41-C-Spectrum23-nominationDaren Bader
Tribes of Kai, page 41


Gael_Bertrand_cover_Island_Magazine-C-Spectrum23-nominationGael Bertrand
Island #4 cover


Tyler-Crook-HarrowCounty1Cover-C-Spectrum23-nominationTyler Crook
Harrow County #1 cover


Nic-Klein-DRIFTER-7-C-Spectrum23-nominationNic Klein
Drifter


Paolo-Rivera-Hellboy1953-C-Spectrum23-nominationPaolo Rivera
Hellboy 1953

 


 

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Mirko-Failoni-The-Mushroom-Forest-CA-Spectrum23-nominationMirko Failoni
The Mushroom Forest


Te-Hu-Journey_to_west-CA-Spectrum23-nominationTe Hu
Journey to West

The Artwork by Vance Kovacs will be posted on April 15th, after the release of the new Jungle Book film.

Vance Kovacs
King Louie’s Court


Seth-Rutledge-Window-View-CA-Spectrum23-nominationSeth Rutledge
Window View


Dejian-Wu-leewiartDragon Island-CA-Spectrum23-nominationDejian Wu
Dragon Island

 


 

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

akihito-death-wings-D-Spectrum23-nominationAkihito
Death Wings


Thomas-Kuebler-Adelpha-and-Her-Sister-D-Spectrum23-nominationThomas Kuebler
Adelpha and Her Sister


Patrick-MASSON-Blind_Death-D-Spectrum23-nominationPatrick Masson
The Blind Death


forest-rogers-morrigan-D-Spectrum23-nominationForest Rogers
The Morrigan


Dug-Stanat-MeetingMasterJones-1-D-Spectrum23-nominationDug Stanat
Meeting Master Jones

 


 

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Donato-Giancola-Empathy-E--Spectrum23-nominationDonato Giancola
Empathy


Tran_Nguyen_TravelingToaDistantDay-E-Spectrum23-nominationTran Nguyen
Traveling To a Distant Day


greg-ruth-Finnegans-Field-E-Spectrum23-nominationGreg Ruth
Finnegan’s Field


ChrisSeaman_FamilyPortraithausen-E-Spectrum23-nominationChris Seaman
Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen


sam-weber-the_language_of_knives-E-Spectrum23-nominationSam Weber
The Language of Knives

 


 

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Julie-Bell-Behind-The-Veil-I-Spectrum23-nominationJulie Bell
Behind the Veil


Wesley-Burt-NaturalConnection-I-Spectrum23-nominationWesley Burt
Natural Connection


bill-carman-medievalbatman-I-Spectrum23-nominationBill Carman
Medieval Batman


Te-Hu-offering-I-Spectrum23-nominationTe Hu
Offering


Tyler-Jacobson-Exalted-Angel-I-Spectrum23-nominationTyler Jacobson
Exalted Angel

 


 

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Dragan-Bibin-Pull-U-Spectrum23-nominationDragan Bibin
Pull


Jaemin-Kim-king-under-the-mountain-U-Spectrum23-nominationJaemin Kim
King Under the Mountain


Greg-Opalinski-Initiate-U-Spectrum23-nominationGreg Opalinski
Initiate


Rob-Rey-Bioluminescence-U-Spectrum23-nominationRob Rey
Bioluminescence


Wayne-Haag-Dust_Devil-U-Spectrum23-nominationWayne Haag
Dust Devil

 

 

Thank you to all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 23.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Judging Event Pictures!

Hi, everyone,

The Spectrum 23 jury is reviewing the submissions right now! Here are pictures of the esteemed group in action at this moment. Thanks to David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch for spending the day here at the Flesk offices during this beautiful day in Santa Cruz, CA. More photos will be posted here throughout the day.

Spectrum23-judging-event-001 Spectrum23-judging-event-002 Spectrum23-judging-event-003 Spectrum23-judging-event-004 Spectrum23-judging-event-005The Spectrum 23 jury consisting of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch are currently selecting the five nominees for each of the eight categories! The nominees for the Advertising, Book, Comic and Concept Art categories are wrapped up. The full list will be posted on Monday.

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John

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Spectrum 23 Judging Event is This Weekend!

Spectrum-23-juryThe Spectrum 23 jury will be arriving in Santa Cruz, California on Friday evening in preparation for the judging event that will be held on Saturday, February 27th. This includes David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch!

My office manager Keith and I will be taking pictures and video footage all weekend and sharing imagery during the process. Check back here on Saturday afternoon.

The Spectrum 23 submissions are ready to be viewed by the judges. Over these last few weeks it’s been a lengthy process to review the art. This involves double checking the artworks against the entry forms. If there is anything unclear we would contact the artist or representative for clarification. Most importantly we want to make sure the digital art file or print is clear and looks it’s best for review by the jury this weekend.

At this moment all of the artwork is separated by category. The jury will be arriving Friday afternoon. Just one of the many aspects that make the Spectrum judging process unique is that we bring the jury together to one location where they vote on the works that go in the book. Each vote is anonymous. A majority of three or more votes secures the placement of a given work within the pages of Spectrum. Discussion between the artists while they are casting their votes is discouraged. I instill the sense of fairness with the jury from the start. It’s the work, and its ability to jump out and engage the jury to vote for it that is paramount. The names of the artists are not shared and the jury is asked to set aside any personal friendships with fellow artists to vote purely on the quality of the works.

In most cases the judges that I pull together are people who do not know each other personally. They also tend to be people who I do not know closely. What this does is to guarantee as wide a breath of selections while preventing favoritism. Again, it gets back to the process being a fair one where all artists have an equal chance of being seen by the jury.

Once the individual judging has finished, we pull together the works that have been earmarked for award considerations. Each judge is asked to select at least one piece that displays a marked extra quality to share with the others during the awards discussions. All in all, a typical batch for discussion can be from 10 to 30 pieces for each category. This is when the jury is encouraged to openly discuss their case for certain works for receiving the silver or gold awards. Generally the jury is cordial, listens to each others thoughts and votes to a group consensus. My role is as a fly on a wall to mark those works that become nominations and award recipients. I do not encourage that they vote for any particular works or discuss the merits of any artists. This is for the jury to determine alone without any outside influence.

We will be taking pictures and video throughout the weekend. We will post them here on my blog and on the spectrumfantasticart.com website during the days following the judging event.

My first goal will be to post the nominees for consideration for awards, followed by tallying the votes to produce the list of artist’s names whose works were selected.

I’m very excited for this weekend. The five judges are exceptional professionals in the field. It’s my honor to host the Spectrum 23 judging event.

Good luck to everyone who submitted!

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony & “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 5” Date Change

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Announcing the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony & “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 5” Date Change

Santa Cruz, CA, February 4, 2016 – With the goal of continuing the tradition of a spring awards ceremony, Director John Fleskes has announced that the honors for Spectrum 23 will be presented at a gala to be held at the historic Society of Illustrators in New York City on May 7, 2016. “For the previous four years, we were able to hold the awards ceremony in conjunction with the ‘Spectrum Fantastic Art Live’ convention,” says Fleskes, “but the plans to move the show to San Francisco prevented our doing that in 2016. Celebrating the achievements of the artists and providing an opportunity for the community to gather have always been our top priorities, and there is no better place to accomplish both than at the Society of Illustrators.”

The ceremony will be held on Saturday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. A complimentary small-plates buffet will be offered to attendees, and a cash bar will be available. Along with the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards in Spectrum’s eight categories, a memorial video will be shown, and the 2016 Rising Star and Grand Master honorees will be announced. Seating will be limited, and attendees will be asked to RSVP at a site to be announced the first week in April. The Spectrum awards are once again being sculpted and cast in bronze by Colin and Kristine Poole.

“The second announcement, after much deliberation with the Spectrum Advisory Board, is that we’re moving the dates for ‘Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 5’ to May 2017,” adds Fleskes. The event was originally planned for October 2016 in association with The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. A number of logistical issues could not be resolved, however, and the school will no longer be involved with the show in an official capacity. “We have a wonderful relationship with the university and instructors, and we look forward to continuing our collaborations with them in the future,” explains Fleskes. “A May date is preferable for many of our exhibitors and attendees, and the school’s schedule is full in the spring. We also want to hold SFAL5 in a space that is more convenient and inviting for everyone. Accessibility and amenities were both limited at the facility we had originally intended to use, which necessitated reconsidering our plans.”

Several exciting venues in San Francisco are currently under review. The intention is to announce the location and dates and to start taking booth reservations in early May. Spectrum co-founder Arnie Fenner says, “Anyone who attended any of the first four shows in Kansas City knows that, first and foremost, we care about the details of the event and the experiences of exhibitors and attendees alike. In order to do SFAL5 properly—in order to grow the opportunities for the artists and the community as a whole—it is taking us a little extra time to ensure that we get off on the right foot in a new city. Trust me when I say that SFAL5 will only be better with the few additional months we’ll be able to devote to its planning. Cathy, John and I will all be in New York for the awards ceremony on May 7 and look forward to answering any and all questions about the big show—as well as other activities we have planned in the future.”

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is the award-winning and internationally renowned art-book annual established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. The contents of each book is determined by a competition that is open to all artists. A jury of peers—different each year—selects the best works from those entered for inclusion in the book and presents awards in eight categories.

The prestigious Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City has hosted three exhibitions dedicated to Spectrum, shattering its special-event attendance records. It is a sponsor of “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live,” a yearly convention devoted to creators of all disciplines and sensibilities. Spectrum is published annually by the Santa Cruz-based Flesk Publications and is distributed globally by Publishers Group West.

To learn more about Spectrum, visit www.spectrumfantasticart.com.

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Thank You For Submitting to Spectrum 23!

thank-youThank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 23!

It’s amazing to have such a great community who supports Spectrum year after year. Some people think that Flesk and Spectrum are mega-big companies, but the reality is that we are a handful of people who work tirelessly out of passion and respect for this genre and the artists who bring us their beauty through art with each day.

It continues to be our humble pleasure to be a part of this community.

Over the next week we will be processing all of the submissions that have come in over this last week. We are sending out email confirmations to those who submitted online. Please be patient, since it may take us a little while, but we prefer to work slow to make sure all of the entries are in order and that you have the best chance to be seen by the jury.

Details about the Spectrum jury event will come soon. Thank you again!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Ends Today!

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

Hi, all,

Today is the deadline to submit to Spectrum 23.

If you are mailing in your entries, as long as the package is postmarked by today you are all set. (There is no need to pay for expedited or overnight shipping.)

Online entries will be accepted until this evening at midnight (PST time zone.)

We will be busy reviewing all of the submission forms and artwork entries all week to make sure everything has been done properly to give you the best chance to be seen by the judges. We’re sending email confirmations all this week. This can take us a while due to the amount of entries that have come in over the weekend.

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Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Deadline is Next Monday!

Dice Tsutsumi voting on a print entry for inclusion into Spectrum 22.

Dice Tsutsumi voting on a print entry for inclusion into Spectrum 22.

Hi, all,

I would like to provide a reminder that the Spectrum 23 Call for Entries ends next Monday, January 25th. We don’t accept any works after the deadline. Don’t wait until the last minute!

If you are mailing in your entries, as long as the package is postmarked by the 25th you are all set. (There is no need to pay for expedited or overnight shipping.)

Keith, Josh and I will be here all week to answer questions. Any issues? Just let us know. We are here to help.

We will be busy reviewing all of the submission forms and artwork entries to make sure everything has been done properly to give you the best chance to be seen by the judges. We’re sending email confirmations all this week. This can take us a while since we are easily distracted looking at all of the beautiful works that are coming in!

I’m also arranging the travel plans for our Spectrum 23 jury David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch to visit our Flesk/Spectrum office in February to review all of the submissions. As with years past, we will be sharing photos and videos during the judging day to keep you updated on the day.

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Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tips

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 23 ending on Monday, 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 David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch, will be printed in full color in the Spectrum 23 annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

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Spectrum 23 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 and 22, eighty 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 Monday, January 25th at 11:59 PM PST.

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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Iain McCaig Sketching and SFAL Spectrum Panel New Videos

Greetings, all,

I was digging through our video archives and have pulled and posted these two new videos.

Here I host the Spectrum panel during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015. Colin and Kristine Poole discuss the creation of the new Spectrum Muse awards for the Spectrum Awards ceremony; Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard talk about their time as part of the jury for Spectrum 22; Iain McCaig and Brom share insights into being on the Spectrum Advisory Board; and I discuss the Spectrum annual.

This video gives you a lot of insight into how Spectrum works.

Iain McCaig sketches in a Flesk blank sketchbook at the Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with a wraparound illustration by Iain McCaig. Available now at the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing New Members To The Spectrum Advisory Board

Hi, everyone,

I am thrilled to make the announcement that Rebecca Guay and Virginie Ropars have joined the Spectrum Advisory Board. I also want to thank Cathy Fenner for stepping into a more active role in the Advisory Board 2016 session. Between these three, I am honored to have their help, guidance and support while serving as the director of Spectrum.

Please read the official press release for the full details.

Enjoy,

John

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ANNOUNCING NEW MEMBERS TO THE SPECTRUM ADVISORY BOARD

Santa Cruz, CA, December 16, 2015. Director John Fleskes has announced changes to the Spectrum Advisory Board, including the addition of two new members. “One of the qualities that makes Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Art the preeminent annual for the creative community is the desire to continuously improve and look to those who I admire for their advice and guidance,” John says. “With that goal in mind I would like to welcome our new Advisory Board members Rebecca Guay and Virginie Ropars, who will help keep the enthusiasm, focus, and love for the artwork championed by Spectrum moving forward in the years ahead.”

Rebecca Guay is an award-winning illustrator, gallery artist, and educator; as the founder of the annual workshop The IMC and the online mentoring program SmArt School, Rebecca has had a profound impact on today’s fantastic art community.

Virginie Ropars is a highly respected and influential sculptor and educator based in Brittany, France who has been profiled by The Huffington Post and Art Doll Collector magazine among many others. Her work appears in galleries around the world and resides in major collections in the U.S., Europe, and Russia.

Rebecca and Virginie join the current board consisting of Brom, Alice Carter, Mark Chiarello, James Gurney, Charles Kochman and Iain McCaig. Spectrum co-founder and Honorary Lifelong Board Member Cathy Fenner has also agreed to step into a more active role for the 2016 session. Other lifelong members are Harlan Ellison, Tim Underwood, and Spectrum co-founder Arnie Fenner.

In conjunction with the new, we would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to our outgoing Advisory Board member, Irene Gallo, for her many years of hard work and assistance to Spectrum and her passion to our art and artists.

The Advisory Board assists the Director of Spectrum Fantastic Art in answering questions relating to growth, staying current in the genres Spectrum represents, identifying areas of neglect that require attention, encouraging discussion within the group to think outside of Spectrum’s area of experience when selecting jury members, aid in connecting Spectrum with schools or institutions, advising on how Spectrum can better serve the community and individual artists, and in general how to improve the annual, the competition, and its other outreach activities. The Advisory Board also nominates candidates and votes to determine the Grand Master Award recipient each year. Spectrum Advisory Board members are rotated on occasion to help keep the Spectrum’s outlook vibrant, fresh, diverse, and inclusive; any previous Advisory Board member can be re-invited for another term after a one year break at the Director’s discretion.

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is the award-winning and internationally renowned art book series established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. The contents of each book is determined by a competition that is open to all artists; a jury of peers—different each year—selects the best works from those entered for inclusion in the book and presents awards in eight categories. The deadline for entries to Spectrum 23 is January 25, 2016.

The prestigious Museum of American Illustration in New York City has hosted three exhibitions dedicated to Spectrum, shattering museum special-event attendance records. It is the sponsor of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, a yearly convention devoted to creators of all disciplines and sensibilities. Spectrum is published annually by Santa Cruz-based Flesk Publications and is distributed globally by Publishers Group West.

To learn more about Rebecca Guay: www.rebeccaguay.com and http://www.artimc.org
To learn more about Virginie Ropars: http://vropars.free.fr/
To learn more about Spectrum: www.spectrumfantasticart.com

For more information, contact:
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Spectrum 22 Book Signing in San Francisco on November 13th. Over Twenty people Signing! Hosted by the Academy of Art University.

Spectrum-22-cover_web79NMHi, everyone,

Spectrum Fantastic Art and Flesk Publications will be holding a book signing on Friday, November 13th to celebrate the release of Spectrum 22!

The signing is open to the public and will be hosted by the Academy of Art University.

This special event will be held at the Atelier Gallery located at 79 New Montgomery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

In attendance will be Spectrum 21 Grand Master Iain McCaig, Spectrum Muse Award creators Colin and Kristine Poole, Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, and Spectrum Director John Fleskes, plus Spectrum artists Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Chamisa Kellogg, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams, Alyssa Winans, and more!

Artists accepted into either Spectrum 21 or Spectrum 22 who would like to participate in the signing can contact us at spectrum@fleskpublications.com. We would enjoy having you take part in this celebration.

Refreshments will be provided and Spectrum 21 & Spectrum 22 books will be available for purchase. We hope you can make it!

For more information about the location, visit: http://www.aaugalleries.com/atelier-2-2/

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries is Now Open!

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster by Claire Wendling

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 23 is now open! This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 23rd 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 Call for Entries poster is by the legendary Claire Wendling. 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.

For over twenty-two 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-two books, it will be no small task, but we’re confident you all can do it.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Printer Sample Copies Arrived!

Hi, all,

We’ve received our Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art printer sample copies. They look amazing! We’ve approved the books. Spectrum 22 is on schedule for its arrival this fall at your local and online shops. We expect to receive our stock in early October when we will immediately begin to ship the artist hardcover copies.

Stay tuned for details about the Spectrum 22 book premier and signing event in San Francisco on Halloween day. We’ve already had a number of Spectrum 22 artists commit to coming. We’re going to have a blast. We’re finalizing the details now.

For now, enjoy this series of photographs as we unpacked the sample copies.

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John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 Pictures!

Hi, everyone,

We had an amazing time at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri from May 22-24, 2015. I’ll be writing about the show soon, but for now enjoy these pictures from the show. Thanks to everyone who came!

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Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Muse–Pictures and Story Behind The New Redesigned Spectrum Award

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The new Spectrum gold (left), grand master (center) and silver (right) awards are made of bronze and 15 inches tall on a marble base.

 

Spectrum Fantast Art announces the new redesigned Spectrum award unveiled at the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony on March 23, 2015 at the historic Folly theater in Kansas City, Missouri. The new awards are designed by Colin and Kristine Poole.

Spectrum-Awards-003The Silver Awards are bronze with a silver nitrate patina. This creates the luster of silver while still being decidedly a bronze. The flame of creation is cast in sterling silver.

The Gold Awards are bronze with a golden patina. The flame of creation is sterling silver gilded in 24K gold.

Around the base of the sculpture, inscribed text alludes to ancient cuneiform writing pressed into clay tablets and features the artists’ invocation to the Muse: ‘Sing within me Muse, Dwell in my imagination, Inspire me to bring forth my creations.’

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

 

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

The Grand Master Award has to be distinctive, so the sculpture has additional embellishments that are iconic to the body of the work of this year’s recipient–a nod to their unique brilliance.

All of the bronzes have a polished black marble base.

When the new director, John Fleskes, assumed his role with Spectrum 21, he began to lay the foundation to create an entirely redesigned award to further serve as an encouragement through the form of respect and support to the artists whose work is selected by the Spectrum jury for special recognition.

There is significance in both being nominated and in winning a Spectrum award. It serves as a recognition of achievement that is made even more significant when it comes from a jury of their peers. When it comes to peer awards—artists to artists—there’s a purity that adds meaning to the honor. The Spectrum award is not something that can be won; they’re earned.

“The Spectrum awards have always been about providing the artists with an award that they could call their own,” explains John Fleskes. “I wanted to hand out an award that people would hold and say, ‘this is too nice to be an award!'” With that goal in mind, Fleskes was on a secret quest during the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in 2013 to find the perfect person to make the award. “I walked the floor and spent a significant amount of time at each of the sculptures booth to get to know the creators and get a close look at their beautiful works. Once the show was over I had seven people in mind who I knew would do an amazing job–and they had no idea! A month later, after consulting with Arnie and Cathy Fenner, we made our choice.

“The work of Colin and Kristine Poole immediately made an impression on me. The combination of sophistication, elegance, with a fine art flavor and touch upon the fantasy element made me feel confident that they would create something of a timeless and graceful nature. Plus, we had a few conversations during the show which gave me the assurance that they would be fun to work with. I wrote Colin and Kristine to inquire if they had the interest in taking on this monumental task. To my delight they were enthusiastic. They ended up pouring a tremendous amount of energy into every facet of the task for almost a year.”

“When John approached us about creating a new award for Spectrum, our answer was an unhesitating ‘not only yes, but hell yes!'” share Colin and Kristine Poole. “We’d be honored, delighted, thrilled and flat-out tickled pink!” For the Poole’s, having the opportunity to create an award that acknowledges the talent, imagination and creativity of the best of the best in fantastic art is nothing short of a dream.

“Within moments, a myriad of concepts raced around in our minds,” recalls the Poole’s. “One thing was certain, we knew from the start that we were going to go all-out with this. It had to be a bronze sculpture – after all, this is Spectrum! We’re sure if adamantium had been an option, we would’ve pushed for that!”

Fleskes gave the Poole’s carte-blanche to come up with a concept and design. “My style of art direction is very hands off,” explains Fleskes. “We began with extended discussions as we brainstorm topics and ideas to get the ‘feel’ of what we wanted. Then I turned them loose knowing that the outcome will be superior. It’s an exciting and invigorating process. I had no idea what the Poole’s would come up with, but I knew that the award would be superior. I was never concerned.”

After a series of emails and phone calls with Fleskes, the Poole’s had enough information and freedom to focus on the task at hand. A concept was born within a few weeks. “We often hear of the ‘Artist’s Muse,'” begins the Poole’s. “Of the nine muses in ancient Greek mythology, there actually wasn’t a muse for the visual arts–in those times, painters and sculptors were considered merely technicians who copied nature. Given the incredible range of imagination and creativity demonstrated by artists in this field, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create the Muse of Creation to reward their achievements.

“We submitted three mockups showing the evolution of ideas we had for the Spectrum Award. From these three different possible directions, the final choice was unanimous between John, Cathy and Arnie.

Spectrum-Awards-002“In this version, the Muse is portrayed as a classic, French-style sculpture, an elegant presence you might find on a monument in Paris – quiet, simple and direct.  She is wearing an elaborate horned headdress which can be seen either as ornamentation or as part of her being. In this rendering, the Muse is enchanted by the artist’s creation and is herself presenting an award to the artist. In her outstretched hand is the ‘flame of creation’–a three-dimensional adaptation of the Flesk Publications logo.

“Creating 17 bronzes on this scale for much less than the typical foundry bid provided us with a bit of a challenge from the beginning. The uniqueness of these awards with the combination of materials would have been cost prohibitive to hire out, but we felt it was important to have these awards be different from all others. We began problem-solving with our typical ‘jump and then figure out how to sprout wings’ approach.

“We have both worked in bronze foundries and have cast our own work start to finish–including molding, wax pouring and chasing, investing with ceramic shell, pouring the actual bronze, de-vesting and chasing the bronze and patination. Kristine’s experience with silver casting also came into play as the Muse progressed. This background in bronze and silver casting processes proved critical as we were able to take on parts of the production that were too expensive to hire others to do, parceling out the mold making and the welding/patinas to the best in their fields in Santa Fe.

“This has been an adventure–not the Bilbo Baggins type (although at times it has seemed like Orks were at the door), but more akin to Iain McCaig’s ‘Shadowline’ creatures flooding our lives and keeping us awake through the night juggling persistent and inflexible deadlines, to allow the other participants in the process the time they required to complete their parts.

“As we write this, our studio is a beehive of activity as we are in the final all-out push with the award ceremony just around the corner–our excitement grows day by day.

“One of the great things about the entire process was experiencing people’s enthusiasm to be part of the project. More often than not, when we told people about Spectrum and the award, they were more than generous with their time, expertise and facilities. An example of the typical scenario we encountered was when we approached an engraver to produce the nameplates on a tight schedule, he responded with ‘there is no way I’m not going to be part of this! Whatever you need, I’ll make it work.’ He, like so many others, was ready to dive into a challenging time frame and work with us to make all the parts come together. Throughout the entire process, John has been exceptionally supportive and encouraging–and frankly a delight to work with. We would like to express our immense gratitude to all of these people who jumped in to help and in particular, special thanks to Brad Neighbor, Chris Gugelman, Mike Massey, and Diane Tintor.”

“Beyond the recognition of individual achievement, the awards—the iconic trophy, the ceremonies, the traditions—are a celebration of us all, of the art community as a whole,” adds Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “The more attention that is attained for what we do the better it is for everyone and awards—and the electricity and excitement of presentation ceremonies—are invaluable ways to grow the public’s awareness and (hopefully) appreciation of who we are. They’re educational moments.

“That was the motivation behind the Spectrum Awards ceremony as part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. It would have been infinitely easier—and cheaper—to give the awards out in a hotel ballroom or in the convention center, but…where’s the fun in that? Artists and their works affect our lives every day in an infinite number of ways so it only seems right that for at least one night of the year there’s a spotlight on the art community with a gala in a real theater with all the trappings.”

The Spectrum 22 awards were presented on May 23 at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4. You can see all of the award winners for each category here.

 

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