Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Firsts: Denver's AnomalyCon (and what I learned there)

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 A first: Suiting up like a Hatter.
(What I learned: Wear a costume to a con--even one as conservative as mine. Not participating is a creative buzz-kill. For yourself as well as others.)


Another first: Attending AnomalyCon.
(Badge art by Joe Becker https://www.facebook.com/joe.magog )
(What I learned: It was a great time--observing, meeting good folks, buying some art and books, and listening and learning from Con pros!)


 Another first: Life drawing at a con (thanks to--and photos by--Kathryn Renta https://www.facebook.com/LatchkeyArtist ). The model, Aaron Spriggs, was one of the best! I've done a lot of life drawing, but this guy's imagination and expressive poses took the blue ribbon.
(What I learned: Models with props are more fun to draw. They might never have the imagination of Aaron Spriggs, but they'll be better models if they have props.)

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I'm no portrait artist (sorry Aaron) but his unique, and long-held, expressions made me want to try to be.

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 Another first: Being on (some great) panels (yes I exaggerated the hat).
(What I learned: That what I learned being on a single panel could fill a research paper. No hyperbole there. I contributed--put in my two cents worth--but I listened a lot more (really) to the other panelists and to the audience. And I took away fantastic info!)

Another first: Experiencing this amount of  imaginative brain-work in one place. That hotel was bursting with creative costumes and creatures, goofy hand-made machines, and phenomenal artwork.

(What I learned: Buy the art when you like it. I saw some nice bookmarks by Sarin Tatroe http://sariochan.deviantart.com/ and didn't purchase them. Now, I want.
(Luckily Sarin is kind and will send them after the fact.)

 But I did snag this original piece by Joe Oliver early on--and it's going on my illustrators wall-of-honor. Check out his blog here http://jolimint.blogspot.com/

And check out all the artists of AnomalyCon here
https://www.anomalycon.com/node/200
then click on their links and support their art!

Another first: Hearing Pandora Celtica perform live! Photo by Rich Spears
https://www.facebook.com/rich.spears.9
The group's jaw-dropping vocals and harmonies, creative songs and arrangements, and clear, unique lyrics made me an instant fan.
(What I learned: Pandora Celtica is primo talent, and I'm glad I bought a cd).
https://www.facebook.com/pandoraceltica

A repeat First: Attending AnomalyCon.
(What else I learned: All cons are not equal. Thanks to Kronda Seibert https://www.facebook.com/KSAuthor , Kathryn Renta, and the whole crew, this con ran as smoothly as a well-oiled, clock-work-steam-shooting-deisel-driven monster.
Best of all, it was warm, friendly, intelligent, and welcoming.)

Looking forward to AnomalyCon 2016. I wouldn't miss it. You shouldn't either.
https://www.anomalycon.com/

And please click on all the links--your support to everyone involved means a tremendous amount.

Thanks for reading!


4 comments:

  1. So happy to have read through your experience at AnomalyCon. Love how you so succinctly address all the points that were meaningful to you. I will enjoy going back in and checking out the artists mentioned. Very happy to have connected with you on fb - I think my friend Joyce C. had mentioned your work and I am glad she did.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comments Lisa, and for checking out the links. I too am pleased to have made your fb acquaintance. Your work is fresh!

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  2. Heya Tom! Thanks again for the nice Pandora Celtica write up! It was great getting to meet you at AnomalyCon and to join you on a few panels! I absolutely love your art and I look forward to seeing more of it and reading your epic blog posts! Cheers and way to go after your bliss! - Chaz www.chazkemp.com

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    1. Hi Chaz--You are very welcome. And likewise--meeting you, your art, and the music of your group were definitive highlights of AnomalyCon! (Thanks for the kind words and for sharing this on Fb--I appreciate it!)

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