Monday, September 9, 2013

Fan Expo 2013

I attended Fan Expo this summer for the first time ever and it made for a really awesome weekend. It makes me wish I had been able to attend other years.

It was a constant parade of art and costumes, celebrities, and a couple promising portfolio reviews.

Here's some shots from some abridged highlights of my experience:

 First panel I attended for the television series Orphan Black (hosted by Inner space)

Next day.... Lost Girl panel!
(with the first five minute preview of the next season)

 George Takei from Star Trek!
(big reveal that he'll be a guest star during the next season)

 Cast from Lost Girl

 Karl Urban from the Almost Human premiere (sci-fi cop drama coming in November)

 Storm Troopers arrive in force...

 Nerd Biscuit (Lisa Bell) and Kelsey Leduc (classmates from my art school days) in Artist Alley

 And some cosplay.....

 The Deadpools

 Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man

Dr Who, Captain America, and protagonists of Bioshock Infinite

I picked up a great print from Nimit Malavia ... and was also able to visit a former classmate of mine, Peter Chan (incredible painter) before artist alley closed up on the last day.... definitely check them out.

I finally found a copy of Iain McCaig's book Shadowline! I'm pretty happy about that... and got my portfolio looked at by Marvel and DC comics as well as some other awesome artists, art directors, and authors.

Also a big thank-you to Jim Zub of Pathfinder for giving me some great input on my portfolio and giving me an extra detailed review.

 All around an amazing time! It was a bit of a sad mood to eat that last slice of pizza late on Sunday afternoon and watch the entire expo start to dismantle itself. It definitely made me want to attend more cons in the future... there's a crazy amount of energy and inspiration there.

When I left it was to immediately head home and grab my art supplies to continue work on my latest piece.... probably an update with that fairly soon...


Ken said...

Hey Ken,
I noticed that you use color flats in your process. I was wondering what they are and the purpose that they serve?

Ken McCuen said...

Thanks for the question.

I used to just paint right on my drawing for my personal work and decide on colors as I went.

When I started doing work for clients I found most of their revisions on finals to be color revisions.
It helped if I had every major piece of the illustration as a flat shape of color on its own layer. I could go back and easily select an individual piece if an art director wanted the character to have a different color hat or scarf.

It also helped with the intimidation level of a large scale piece. I could complete a drawing and then fill it with digital flats of random colors -- I didn't have to worry about what colors yet.
I could easily go back when I was more confident about my color choices and color the whole piece within minutes.

I hope that answers your question :)