Artistacon 2019by Matthew Innis |
On Friday, March 8th, registration will close for the 2019 Artistacon event in Philadelphia. Now in its fourth year, this two-day gathering offers a wonderful opportunity for commercial artists, fine art painters, illustrators, digital artists, writers, and editors to come together to share their knowledge and foster aspiring artists on their burgeoning career paths. The schedule includes workshops, educational symposia, portfolio reviews, demonstrations, and displays from guests in a variety of artistic disciplines.
Among those on hand will be: Chris Oatley (Oatley Academy and The Oatley Artcast), Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director), Jeremy Wilson (illustrator), Dave Palumbo (illustrator/artist), Jake Parker (Creator of Inktober), Crystal Sully (freelance illustrator/concept artist), Neilson Carlin (fine artist), Jon Schindehette (Art & Creative Director), Christian Patchell & Melissa Lomax (A Couple of Cartoonists), Dani Hedlund (writer/publisher/philanthropist), Mark Morales (comics inker), Carl Potts (writer/artist/editor), Dorian Vallejo (fine artist) and many more.
Sessions include: Full-day alla prima painting demo with Dorian Vallejo, Visual Storytellig with Carl Potts, World Building with John Sideriadis, Self Publishing with Jon Schindehette and Dani Hedlund, Drawing Dinosaurs with Jason Poole, Digital Illustration Demo with Corey Brickly, Still-Life Painting Demo with Kevin Murphy, Reference Photography for Visual Artists with Dave Palumbo, just to name a few.
The majority of the event will be held at Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street, right in Center City, Philadelphia, but two of the programs will be held elsewhere. The first of these is the Drink & Draw at the Philadelphia Sketch Club (235 S. Camac Street) on the Friday night before the conference. This meet and greet will feature the guests of honor as they spend the hours from 7:30pm til midnight drawing and socializing. The second program, the Artistasalon, will be held Saturday night from 7pm until 11 in the dinosaur hall of the Academy of Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). At the Salon, more than 50 participating artists will set up tables and offer their work for sale, and might quite possibly show off their skills in on-the-spot demonstrations.
Artistacon will run from March 22nd through the 24th. All-inclusive, Two-Day Passes for the conference are $79 ($49 for students & educators with ID), while One-Day Passes are available for $45. Space is limited to 300 attendees, so if you are thinking of going, you have little time left to grab your tickets before they are all gone. For those who wish to attend but miss the deadline, not all hope is lost as the two off-campus programs – the Drink & Draw and the Artistasalon – are both free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit Artistacon.org. There you can peruse the full schedule of events, see the roster of talented participants, and learn more about the group’s mission and founders (Janet and Chris Kotsakis, Enrico Botta, and the Mysterious Mr. S!). Don’t forget to sign up news of future conferences while you are there.