The flight has been booked. The hotel has been reserved. And I got my transport, a little Kia Rio, waiting. Come mid-May, I'm taking a trip to Kansas City, MO. What's in KC, you ask? Well, one, the greatest BBQ in the world. Two, Hallmark Cards (and the great friends I met when I interned there). And, three, the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 fantasy illustration convention. Chowing down BBQ'd burnt ends and seeing some old friends will be great, but the purpose of the trip is #3.
I've never been to a convention like this! I'm very excited and nervous at the same time (but mostly the former)! For those that don't know, Spectrum Fantastical Art is a juried annual publication that showcases some of the best illustrators in the scifi/fantasy industry. It's been around for many years and their books are always a source of inspiration for me. Well, last year they created a very successful convention that brings all the greatest talents together in one place for a weekend. I wasn't able to make it last year, but I decided I couldn't miss this one. Looking through the list of exhibitors is crazy! All the fantasy artists that I've loved for years will be there. And I can go and chat with them. There will be seminars, demos, and even portfolio reviews (I was lucky to secure three interviews Saturday morning!). Should be a great time and I'll let you know how it turns out after it's over. In the meantime, here's the promo card I got printed for the occasion. I'll probably do a process post of this illustration later.
Hope it goes well! Thanks for stopping by!