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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Presents: Short Film Friday

“I’m watching the future of art unfold before my eyes!”

—Michael R. Whelan (Said at the inaugural SFAL event)

As part of the promotional content for the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, sculptor Tim Bruckner has created a series of short videos highlighting a handful of the nearly 200 painters, sculptors, and illustrators who will be in attendance May 9-11, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is an event you don’t want to miss, and these minute-long teasers are sure to tempt you with their examples of the immense talent of the artists working in the field today. Biographic information on the artists is drawn largely from their respective web pages.

Altogether there is approximately 15 minutes of total viewing time here, but I promise you that they are minutes packed with eye-popping goodness. So sit back, enjoy the show, and let us know if any of the art speaks to you. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has been described as “The Art Fair with a Sense of Wonder”. This is a mere glimpse of why that is so.

Arnie and Cathy Fenner are the creative inspiration behind the two-plus-decade-old Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art annuals, from which grew the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Here they speak briefly about the show and its origins in a promotional video created by Tony Moorman and Making It Pictures:

Justin Sweet is a painter and concept artist who has created illustrations for book covers and done work on a variety of films including The Avengers, Thor 2, John Carter, the Narnia films, and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Annie Stegg is a painter who has created works for various game and publishing clients including Ballistic Publishing, Apple, Android, Hi-Rez Studios, Tiki Games, Addicting Games, and SPIL Games. When not working on commissioned projects she focuses her painting on personal works inspired by nature, mythology and folklore.

Dan Dos Santos is an illustrator whose paintings grace the book covers of a number of current series including books by Patricia Briggs, Gini Koch, Laura Resnick, and Diana Rowland. Dan Dos Santos has also done a number of covers for comic book series including Fables and the currently running mini-series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.

Joseph Menna is a classically trained, world-renowned sculptor who has created work for DC, Gentle Giant, McFarlane Toys and Hasbro, among others. Joseph Menna is the staff sculptor for the United States Mint. Julianna Menna is a painter who trained at the Russian State Academy of Art and Design. Her current work combines fanciful creatures with imaginary period costumes.

Camilla d’Errico‘s client list includes Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, Neil Gaiman and she also works with video game and movie companies on character development. Her own characters and properties, Tanpopo and Helmetgirls, are loved by fans and followers and now inspire Cosplay costumes. She has successfully merchandised and licensed her beautiful artwork across a variety of categories: clothing, stationery and gift, accessories, art prints, etc. and continues to expand her licensing program. Her emotive and eloquent paintings have propelled her to the top of the ranks of the New Contemporary art movement.

Cynthia Sheppard is a fantasy illustrator who specializes in figurative art for books and games. She is currently based in Washington, D.C. and her client list includes Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, ImagineFX, Pyr Books, Asimov’s Science Fiction and more.

Andrew Martin is a sculptor based out of Canada. He started sculpting in 2006 when illness required him to postpone some of his academic studies, so he filled time with a few art classes. “I caught the art bug and haven’t stopped since.” He is largely self taught with little formal sculpture training. His creations center around the fantastical and weird.

Greg Manchess is a painter whose works have graced the covers and internal pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and many others. He has done conceptual artwork for many film companies including Disney, Paramount, Columbia and Warner Brothers. Rhythm and timing, conveying emotion through brushwork and achieving a balance of concept and aesthetics are essential components of his technique. Greg Manchess will demonstrate his technique live during the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, and it is a wonder to behold.

Marina Bychkova is a Canadian sculptor whose porcelain dolls are works of delicate, intricate beauty. Her creations have multiple moveable joints and are both life-like and ethereal. One cannot see them in person without marveling at her creation.

Renae Taylor is a painter whose work is about memory, imagination and retaining the sense of wonder in the world that she felt as a child. It’s about holding on to the idea that something wondrous and strange is just around the corner. In addition to her beautiful fantasy work, Renae Taylor is an accomplished doll maker and costume designer.

Frank Cho is a well-known comic book artist whose Liberty Meadows remains a hit with fans long after the final strip was penned. More recently he has done covers and interiors for a number of Marvel titles. In addition to his beautiful, crisp link and ink work, Frank Cho is an accomplished painter.

I hope you enjoyed this visual peek into some of what Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 has to offer. Stay tuned, there will be another Short Film feature to come.

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