April 2, 2009

Scottie does Dallas: Conceptart's Reverie

I've only recently acquainted myself with conceptart.org and really didn't know what I was getting into by attending Reverie. My buddy, Greg Manchess, made it sound like some sort of art orgy. Which makes me wonder how many orgies he's been to.

Irene Gallo, Manchess, Bryan Beus
(not pictured: orgy)
My travelmate, Bryan, and I met up with Irene and Greg before heading to the Reverie venue. Irene informed me about how Kindle and Kindle-like products will eventually be your ipod and book library. We had an earlier discussion about the possibility of reading children's books to kids off a Kindle, which I thought was preposterous. Irene told me it was very posterous. To the point that your child's book will record you reading it to him or her, so he or she can look at its digital pages and hear you narrating. Holy year 2000!

Then we hit the kick off party. Wowo. 7 open bars, 12 screens projecting digital paintings in progress, 3 djs, Android Jones projecting artwork onto a dancer, and models coming up to pose left and right.

No biggie.

Behind this group of artists was a dancefloor. And more nude models. Not sure if Bryan approved. Should be an interesting couple days.

Instead of trying to recall exactly what I absorbed, I'll list some highlights of the last three days of Reverie...
-learning an impromptu lesson in how to use a Wacom tablet and CS3 to draw from life. Thank you, Dustin Darnault, for some tips.-Hangin out with a Greg, Irene, and Dakota, the red-tailed hawk, in a hotel room
-Watching Greg paint a full painting over 7 hours or so-Dinner with Ringling grads Dustin Darnault, Adam Volker, Erin Maguire, and... two more that I forgot names of (sorry). Ringling has a tradition of staggeringly beautiful sketchbooks. Take a gander at their blogs for proof.
-Character design demo/photoshop how-to by Bobby Chiu
There I am lookin pensive.
-Multitudes of lectures ranging from Winsor McCay's narrative style to how to create a contract to keep a movie studio from robbing you.
-7 or 8 artist "Thunderdome." For those who don't know, that means a competition where the artists create a piece on a theme and one wins. This theme was on hope in the midst of genocide generated by demand for materials in Africa that are used to create our ipods, cell phones and electronics. The artists were given an hour... ridiculous what they can pump out in an hour.
....And here are some sketchbook pages from the event, one of which is a Manchess cameo.

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