Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Spectrum Live​ Airbrush Action Feature

Left to Right: Julie Dillon, Me, Frank Cho, Kristina Carroll, Dan Dos Santos, Bill Carman, Omar Rayyan, Donato Giancola
Thrilled to be included with such great company!

Our first feature together!  Aren't we just adorable!!! :-)

"This was our third year exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and it keeps getting better and better!  Illustrators, designers, art directors, gallery reps and collectors alike populate workshops, lectures, panels, and live demonstrations creating a close-knit communal environment.  The sense of acceptance and camaraderie is unmatched making Spectrum Fantastic Art Live THE premiere professional illustration convention we look forward to each year.  Spectrum walks the walk. It really is a show about artists, by artists, for artists!"
- Christina Hess & Dominick Saponaro 

Back in May we met illustrator and all around awesome guy Jerry LoFaro (Of Celestial Seasonings fame!) while exhibiting at Spectrum Live. He asked Christina and I if we'd like to be featured in an upcoming issue of Airbrush Action for an article he was putting together on the event.  Our response...  Of course we did!

When Jerry first approached us my initial thought was...  Holy crap!  That magazine is still around!?  I had forgotten all about it. It was a magazine I poured over regularly while growing up in northern New Jersey.  Thanks to a very supportive grandfather I was given an airbrush and often times tried recreating many of the magazine’s great tutorials.

In the article Dan Dos Santos mentions his early experience with the publication which was much like mine. It was one of my first exposures to more realistic painted illustration as opposed to the pen and ink comic book style of art I was immersed in at the time.

Head on out and grab a copy.  It's a an excellent write up on the convention and features a ton of great images from some stellar artists and friends.  It is an honor to be among such great company and I'm thrilled to be featured in a magazine that I have such fond memories of growing up with.

Thanks so much for including us Jerry!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spectrum Live 4 Highlights

Below are a some shots from Spectrum Live in May. There was a really great write up in Airbrush Action (Yes! Airbrush Action!) which I'll be posting soon. Until then, enjoy some highlights below. These are only a glimpse of the awesome weekend. Such great people and another excellent show.  I only wish I took more pictures!

The booth!

Always awesome and fun to hang with Tyler Jacobson!  (The only pic we have of him WITHOUT a drink!)

Christina's Booth.

Christina signing Women of Wonder for Carl Anderson (Check out his blog if you haven't already).

Detail shot of the booth.

Goñi Montes!  This guy rocks!

A couple of happy customers.  These guys were so awesome to chat with! 

My booth Neighbor...  Ed Binkley.  Such a nice guy.  AMAZING work.  Loved his work for years.  

Our helpers...  Skye Bolluyt & Michelle Lockamy.  Keep an eye out for these guys.  Awesome artists.

The lovely Kate Irwin from Wizard's (Gah!  How did we not get a picture of Richard?!), myself, and some crazy eyed homeless guy we couldn't shake the entire weekend.  The Wizards crew was the best!  So much fun hanging with you guys.

And of course the real reason we go to Kansas City every year.  Best BBQ on the planet.  Joe's Kansas City BBQ