So this weekend was really busy and tons of fun! Quite a few friends and I drove over to Altoon, PA for the 2009 IllXCon (an illustration convention with some of the biggest names in the business). I'm not typically drawn to too much fantasy illustration, but seeing all this work in person was just breathtaking. They also had some great demos, which all of the pictures in this post are part of. The one above was a collaborative demo by Jordu Schell and Tom Kuebler (pictured). They were both pretty interesting guys, and Jordu was hilarious! I've got some more pictures of Tom's work that I'll post in a second post. His stuff is just incredibly realistic.
This was a great oil painting demo done by Donato Giancola. I'd never known him by name before, but some of you might recognize his work, especially if you've seen the cover of Spectrum 13 (one of the best issues to date in my opinion). He had a model from the audience pose, and in the last five or ten minutes of his demo, he threw in the space-themed suit like it was nothing.
These two pieces were part of another collaborative demo, this time done by Michael Whelan and Christopher Moeller. Half way though, they switched boards and finished the other's work.
Here's Jordu at his both just working on a project he felt like making up. The demo at the top of this post that he and Tom worked on was actually his Face. Tom had a great picture of him grinning like crazy, and they decided to go with it. More info in the next post...
*None of the work published in this post is my own. I merely took the pictures.