Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love: Original Art Edition!

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Update: Trade edition now available for pre-order.

I’ve posted the $24.95 hardcover trade edition of Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love on the Flesk website for pre-order. I talked to Jeff today and he has agreed to include a unique signed 5 x 7 inch print with this edition.

You can learn more here.

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Update: Sold Out in 11 hours. Thank you!

We have a special treat for you today. Jeffrey Alan Love has produced 100 original paintings that come with his Notes From the Shadowed City Original Art Edition!

There are only 100 copies available. Each copy includes an original piece of art by Love. The paintings were completed using acrylic and ink on 5 x 6 inch stonehenge paper. Each painting is unique and different at approximately 4 x 5 inches.

In addition, the book comes with a 5 x 7 inch print. Both the print and book will be signed and numbered. Watch the video to see the 100 originals.

Order at the Flesk website here:

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Enjoy,

John

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New Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Hi, everyone,

Our latest Kickstarter campaign is now live. This one features two books by Mark Schultz. The first is his latest art book Carbon 2, which collects his most recent work into a single volume. The second book is for an oversized limited edition of his Storms at Sea book. Both titles can be pre-ordered using our Kickstarter campaign. We have free bonus items, free shipping in the U.S. and stretch goals in place for more upgrades and bonus items as the campaign grows.

Here’s the Kickstarter link:

Carbon 2 is done, while we will be designing the deluxe Storms at Sea this month.

Thanks for taking a look.

Enjoy,

John

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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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The Spectrum Awards Ceremony is this Saturday!

Spectrum-23-cover-webThe Spectrum Awards Ceremony is this Saturday!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tickets to the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony May 7th are now available. Tickets are FREE but are required to get a seat—and seating is limited. If you don’t need a chair or are content to hang out in the upstairs bar while the awards are presented, a ticket isn’t necessary and you are absolutely welcome to attend and help celebrate the accomplishments of our community.
Doors open at 6:00pm, ceremony begins at 7:00pm.
See you in New York!
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I’ll post the recipients here on Sunday. Good luck to everyone!

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Book Proofs Approved

Flesk-Shadows-proofs shadow-proofsHi, everyone,

I’ve just wrapped up reviewing and approving the proofs for Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love. It is scheduled to go on the press early next week.

We will be making the 100 copy special edition that comes with an original piece of art by Jeff available on Monday, May 16 at 10:00AM PST. You will want one! We will be giving ample notice before it is available on the Flesk website so that you have every opportunity to get one before they sell out.

I’ll make an announcement on our blog once it is available.

Enjoy,

John

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Warren Chang Figure Painting Demonstration Pictures

Greetings, everyone,

Warren Chang conducted a figure painting demonstration on Sunday, April 17th held at Carmel Visual Arts. I was there and took a series of pictures to capture the evening. The Carmel Visual Arts offers weekly painting and drawing classes.

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Warren Chang paints from start to finish from the model over the course of two hours. Cameras project his canvas and pallete onto large screens for the audience to have an unobstructed view.

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You can follow Warren Chang on Facebook to learn about his next painting demonstration.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love

Notes-blurbsHi, everyone,

I’ve sent our latest book off to the printer! Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love is coming this summer from Flesk!

The first time I saw a piece by Jeff I knew I was looking at an artist who was unique, different and special. Then when I met him in person for the first time I understood why his art is as sophisticated and captivating as it is. Jeff has an inner driven force of creativity and vision that rarely manifests and matures in an artist without having experienced, conquered and triumphed over life’s harshest challenges. I knew at that moment that I wanted to work with him at some point.

This brings us to Notes From the Shadowed City. From the imagination of Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost.

Stay tuned for the full details about the book and our special edition that will be available with an original piece of artwork this summer. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn more at: http://www.jeffreyalanlove.com/

Enjoy,

John

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The Making of Steve Rude’s “The Nexus Chronicles”

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webMany of the projects that I work on are sparked during a simple dialogue. The Nexus Chronicles was initiated in this way. I was talking with Steve Rude over the phone in 2013, probably about some new illustration book that came out or his giving me a motivational talk, or going back and forth about projects we are working on–all of which are regular conversational themes–when one of these sparks caught my eye.

To put this spark in its proper perspective it’s necessary to talk about how I’m inspired by the packaging of certain French Albums. In particular Soleil published a special edition of Belladone in 2004 that showcases the art of Pierre Alary. Included are the preliminary penciled pages and rough layouts alongside the finished inks for the entire story. It was done in an elegant design and still remains a favorite book of mine.

Going back to the phone call with The Dude, the topic of the preserved copies of his pencil work came up, as did the possibility of the inks being accessible to some of our favorite stories that he inked. That’s when I initially brought up the idea of The Nexus Chronicles.

This book also coincided with the decision by Steve and his wife Jaynelle to sell the originals for the four issue Next Nexus story. This comes to about 100 pages inked by Steve. Issue #1 was sold as a set, while the rest were broken up and sold as individual pages. While the pages were still accessible, they were scanned for archival purposes. It was natural for me to propose the idea that we reproduce Next Nexus in its entirety with its pencils side-by-side the inked pages.

After discovering the other Nexus stories that were accessible in its original form we decided to focus on a more overreaching look at Nexus by including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. The book comes to 304 pages. It’s a mighty fine collection.

A few stories showcase a story in pencils and inks to show the process, some as just pencils and others solely in its final form. This was Steve’s idea to allow a contrast and variability to the presentation to make the book more interesting. I have to agree, it was a good call.

My favorite story reproduced is the unpublished Nexus #99 story that was abandoned after Steve completed the pencils. This was intended to be the first of a four issue series that would be published by Dark Horse Comics. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled due to low overall sales of Nexus. Steve was informed prior to finishing issue #1, yet he decided to finish it on his own accord. I first saw these originals when I was working with Steve on Artist in Motion. I made a vow to myself to find a vehicle to get this in print one day. If Next Nexus was the catalyst for a collection, “The Root of Evil” was the foundation.

The Nexus Chronicles represents a promise to myself, a format I’ve been longing to design and featuring an artist whose work I am passionate about. I’m very pleased with this combination and the outcome of the book.

As with most artists that I know there is no clear date for how long I’ve known them. For instance, I was first introduced to Steve Rude in 1985 through the early Capital published comic book Nexus. I met him for the first time in person when he made an appearance at Wondercon in San Francisco in 1997. Then I have known him since 2004 which is when we first talked about working together during the San Diego Comic Con. This led to our first book Artist in Motion, which was published in 2007.

Regardless of how long we’ve known each other, this book has been in the works since 1985. I just didn’t know it at the time.

The Nexus Chronicles is off the press and is shipping to our distributor. I expect our copies to arrive in June. Everyone who buys a copy direct from Flesk will receive a free signed print. More details on this coming soon! Pre-order the book here.

Enjoy,

John

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Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webHi, everyone,

If you are lucky enough to be at the Emerald City Comic Con this weekend there are a number of artists exhibiting who I am privileged to have published: Rachel and Terry Dodson, Terryl Whitlatch, Brom and as Tonko House, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. The Tonko House booth has “The Art of the Dam Keeper” where Robert and Dice are signing copies.

I skipped the show this weekend to focus on new books and the upcoming Spectrum Awards Ceremony next month, but we’ll be back with a Flesk/Spectrum booth in Seattle in the future!

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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Frank Cho, Arthur Adams and William Stout Appearances this Weekend

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webA pair of cases of Arthur Adams Monsters Attacks!!! just arrived in Chicago. Just in time for Arthur to have at his booth P18 in Artists Alley during C2E2. Joyce Chin is also there. We are getting low on stock on this book. Stop by and grab your copy before they are all gone!!!

Frank-Cho-Drawing-Beautiful-WomenOur pal Frank Cho will also be at the C2E2 Chicago event this weekend. I sent him a few cases of Drawing Beautiful Women books to have at his booth. Frank posted that he will do a head sketch in the oversized Studio Edition if you pick one up from him there. He’ll only have 5 copies.

Stout-InspirationsWilliam Stout will be at the Toronto Comicon. He will have original artwork and Flesk books including Hallucinations, Inspirations, Dinosaur Discoveries and more.

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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Enjoy,

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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Elfquest: The Art of the Story–The Backstory

Art-of-the-Story-Elfquest-cover-webIn early January 2015 I was working on the basic template for The Art of Elfquest. Richard and Wendy Pini were visiting on the 14th and 15th. I wanted to make sure the book map was in a presentable form to review with the Pini’s once they arrived. Richard had sent me a hundreds of scans to process, consider and utilize for The Art of Elfquest, yet something was just not working. I had 304 pages to work with–a hefty amount –although far more art than I could use. Normally I would trim the art down by selecting the best of the best and condense the book down to the essentials. But, what is normally a process that I am good at was proving difficult.

With about four days to go before the Pini’s arrived I began to layout a second book. It included the Hidden Years 9 1/2 pencil pages by Wendy and a few other self-contained Elfquest stories that I am fond of. I now had the 304 page Art of Elfquest roughly laid out and a second title that came to about 176 pages.

Not too long after Richard and Wendy arrived I let them know of my dilemma: I wanted to see more art that could fit into The Art of Elfquest and came to the conclusion that we had to have two books. I presented them with what would later become Elfquest: The Art of the Story. It was Richard who came up with this title. To my delight they signed off on the book.

Most of our time during the reminder of their visit focused on The Art of Elfquest. We gathered the quotes through interviews, received feedback about art placement and grouping, and got much of the core layout completed during those two days.

Once The Art of Elfquest went to the printer, we pulled out The Art of the Story and got to work. Our goals were to not treat it as a simple reprint book. We didn’t want it to compete or overlap with any of the Dark Horse collections. We also wanted a unique art book approach to it. It was during this time that I suggested that we show the original artwork on the right hand side and the printed page with the type and commentary on the left hand side. Richard ran with it. He scanned all of the originals, plus the printed pages and worked with Wendy to provide the commentary. This book came out far greater than I could ever have imagined a year ago. It is simply gorgeous. The narrative alone between Richard and Wendy for every page of story alone is impressive. As you turn the book pages it’s as if they are sitting and reading the story with you and offering every backstory and note about each nuance of the story and art. There are a few areas where Wendy gets emotional while reminiscing about certain story situations. It will make your eyes water.

The stories within this collection include Heart’s Way, Little Patch, Rogue’s Curse, The Jury and Wolfwood and “Rogue’s Challenge” from Hidden Years 9 1/2. Richard was even able to obtain an afterword by John Byrne whose inked pages for “Rogue’s Challenge” are included in the book.

I’ve got to add one more thing, which is that this book was not going to be published unless our Kickstarter campaign was successful. This is truly a book that was born out of passion and appreciation for Wendy, Richard and Elfquest. Thank you, everyone!

I sent the book to the printer over the weekend. I ended up spending four full days reviewing every aspect of the book and color adjusting the artwork. The book has been beautifully designed by Arpad Terek. The next step is to review the printer proofs. Once approved, the book will go to press.

I want to thank Wendy and Richard for allowing me the honor to publish this book. It’s going to be a pleasure to deliver the book to our Kickstarter supporters and to those who pre-ordered.

Enjoy,

John

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

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CONTACT: JOHN FLESKES/Director Spectrum Fantastic Art
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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.

For more information, contact:

JOHN FLESKES / 408-206-2346.

Spectrum Fantastic Art, 2871 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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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!

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

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.

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/submit.php

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Judges

spectrum-22-judgingHi, all,

I’m taking a short break from processing Spectrum 23 submissions to reflect on the judging event held last year. From left to right, we have Justin Gerard, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Virginie Ropars (plus Dice Tsutsumi) as they narrow in on the nominations for the silver and gold awards for the eight categories for Spectrum 22. They went well into the evening as they shared passionate discussions regarding the merits of each piece. It was a blast to sit in and observe the lively discussion.

Spectrum-23-juryI’m looking forward to bringing the jury for Spectrum 23 together on February 27th to review the submissions for the latest annual here in our office located in Santa Cruz, CA. This includes David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch! You can read more about them by following this link.

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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New Mark Schultz Books for 2016

MS-artMark Schultz and I have been talking on the phone over these last few weeks about his new books for 2016. In the works is Carbon 2, the latest home for his collected works to bring us up to date since his last Carbon collection that came out three years ago.

The second collection will be a deluxe edition for Storms at Sea. This will be a very limited oversized edition that will come signed by Mark. I wanted to release it last year, but time was an issue as I was juggling other projects.

Our plan is to offer the Carbon 2 and Storms at Sea deluxe editions as a set through a Kickstarter campaign. I’d like to have the books available in July for our summer season.

At the moment I’m focused on Spectrum 23 submissions and the judging event which will be held on February 27th. The Kickstarter campaign for Schultz’s books will commence at some point to be determined in the near future.

Click here to see all books available on Mark Schultz from Flesk.

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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Elfquest Coloring Book Has Arrived

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Elfquest Coloring Book cover by Wendy Pini with colors by Laura Martin.

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The Art of Elfquest deluxe edition with slipcase.

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The Art of Elfquest trade and deluxe editions with its Kickstarter bonus rewards.

Hi, everyone,

The Elfquest coloring books have arrived! This was the last item that we needed to begin shipping the Art of Elfquest books to our Kickstarter supporters. The coloring books, three bookmarks, five postcards and two prints are all free bonus items to those who pledged for the book through our Kickstarter campaign. I love it when we can include so many free goodies! The Flesk crew and I will be packing and shipping books all week! I still like boxing books once in a while. We have about 700 packages to put together. I expect they should all be in the mail by early next week.

Those who pre-ordered the book through our website will also have their books shipped this week.

Enjoy,

John

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