Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 22-24th, 2015 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO. For full details and to purchase tickets visit: spectrumfantasticartlive.com Be a part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live by attending this event that celebrates the fantastic art and its creators. SFAL is a fantasy-focused art fair, in which creators can display, share and sell originals, prints, sculpture, crafts, toys and more to an audience of fans and peers. There is something for everything, including presentations, panels, displays, portfolio reviews, workshops, educational opportunities and the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy.
Greg Ruth interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 22 judging event on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California. Greg discusses his career, his working style with brush and ink, his art passions, what Spectrum means to him and the responsibility of being a Spectrum judge.
Virginie Ropars discusses how she went from being an illustrator to a finding her own voice as a fine art sculptor, she offers advice to students and provides insight into what Spectrum means to her. Virginie was interviewed by John Fleskes at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.
Interview with Justin Gerard during the Spectrum 22 judging event. Justin talks about his latest book projects and gallery events, working with his wife Annie Stegg Gerard, his influences and about Spectrum. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.
Interview with Dice Tsutsumi during the Spectrum 22 judging event. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.
Tribes of Kai! A simple spark sets in motion a power struggle ablaze in conflict. Fully painted by Daren Bader and written by Lance HaunRogue! Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators including Frank Cho, Dave Palumbo, plus Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo. Trade and Deluxe Limited editions will be available in August, 2015 from Flesk Publications. Pre-order through the Flesk Kickstarter campaign and get free bonus items.
Steve Rude visited our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on February 19th to work with us on his new book, The Nexus Chronicles. This new collection assembles eight of Steve's favorite Nexus creations scanned direct from the original art. This 304 page book comes out this fall. For now, you can watch Steve provide a drawing demonstration of Nexus in his sketchbook.
In this video Jeffrey Alan Love provides an engaging art demonstration showcasing his working methods. Most impressive is Jeff's confidence and dynamic energy while the painting emerges. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on January 21, 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA.
Jeffrey Alan Love visited the Flesk offices on January 21, 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA. He brought a few dozen of his latest originals to share with us including assignments done for Irene Gallo at Tor, pages from his personal unpublished graphic novel and more. This video captures Jeff as he gives us an overview of his latest works.
Jeffrey Alan Love opens up about his past and how he went from an unknown new artist to becoming someone who is constantly in demand by clients such as Irene Gallo at Tor. Jeff shares his philosophy about art while giving us insight into his unique and highly individualized work. This was filmed at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on January 21, 2015.
Gary Gianni talks about what Spectrum Fantastic Art means to him and provides advice to students.
Frank Cho draws his Savage Beauty artwork used for one of the gatefolds in Drawing Beautiful Women: the Frank Cho Method available from Flesk Publications.
The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija! Take a journey with the artist and writer Petar Meseldzija, who tells how he was allowed unparalleled access through the Invisible Curtain and into the land of giants. A year in the making, this book’s sixteen paintings and nearly ninety drawings bring to life Petar’s experiences on this journey and secrets uncovered, going back to ancient times. He shares stories of new discoveries that free giants from the murky abyss of myth and a forgotten past. Available summer 2015 from Flesk Publications.
Bill Carman paints at his booth during Comic-Con International in 2011. John Fleskes filmed this segment while asking questions about Carman's methods. The candid interview has been transcribed and posted on the Flesk blog. Read it here!
Part two of the interview with Petar Meseldzija as he talks about technique, and the fields of fine art and illustration. This feature was filmed in his studio in October 2013 by John Fleskes.
Interview with Spectrum award winning artist Petar Meseldzija as he discusses his thirty year career. This 19 minute feature was filmed in his studio in October 2013 by John Fleskes. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija is now available for pre-order from Flesk.
Steve Rude sketching at our Flesk booth during the Rose City Comic Con in September 2014.
Brom, Terry Dodson and Steve Rude met up for two days in Portland, Oregon for the Rose City Comic Con in September 2014. The three artists signed and sketched for fans at our Flesk/Spectrum booth. Watch the video to see some of the action that happened at our booth! Thanks to everyone who visited us!
Interview With George Pratt During the Spectrum 21 Judging Event. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is available now!
Interview With Cory Godbey During the Spectrum 21 Judging Event. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is available now!
Interview with Spectrum 21 jury member and Sketch Artist at Pixar Animation Studios, Shelly Wan. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is available now!
Interview With J. Anthony Kosar During the Spectrum 21 Judging Event. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is available now!.
Interview With Allen Williams During the Spectrum 21 Judging Event. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is available now!
Watch Craig Elliott paint a portrait demonstration at our Flesk Publications booth at the Alternative Press Expo in 2013. This was conducted from life over a three hour time-frame.
Flashback: This is our second video of Pierre Alary during his signing at our Flesk booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2011. Pierre's appearance was sponsored by Stuart Ng Books while he was there to promote his new titles. Watch as Pierre creates a lovely drawing for a lucky fan..
Warren Chang discusses his upcoming exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art. Over a dozen paintings will be on display including a series of preliminary studies and drawings at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada running from October 23, 2014 to April 6, 2015. The opening reception is on October 23, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Warren Chang is nationally recognized for his realist paintings of biographical interiors and local fieldworkers of the Monterey County area. Chang creates subtle narratives that celebrate the human spirit. A native of Monterey, his work is also inspired by the novels of John Steinbeck and the magnetic beauty of the region. An exhibit catalog produced by Flesk Publications, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Winfield Gallery will be available direct at the museum during the exhibit and from the Flesk website and at the Winfield Gallery.
Did you see the Australian postage stamps illustrated by James Gurney that was released in late 2013? The stamp issue is called "Australia's Age of Dinosaurs," and it includes six stamp subjects against a scenic backdrop. Watch the following video made by Helpful Bear Productions to see the imagery created by this Spectrum Grand Master and member of the Spectrum Advisory Board.
Frank Cho working on one of the sequential pages included in the storytelling chapter of Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method.
Watch Craig Elliott painting from life at our Flesk Publications booth at the Alternative Press Expo in 2013. This nine minute time lapse shows how Craig builds the foundation to the completion of his demonstration which was conducted over a three hour span. Craig will be doing another painting demonstration on October 4-5, 2014 at our Flesk booth at APE. We hope you can join us!
Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar and George Pratt talk with John Fleskes about the Spectrum 21 judging event at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live on May 11, 2014. These four of the five jury members (Shelly Wan, who was not present, was the fifth judge for Spectrum 21) reminisce about the day and what it's like to be a Spectrum judge. This video starts a few minutes into the conversation. The volume is low due to the sound recorder being far away. Please turn up the volume to hear better.
Flashback: Pierre Alary sketched inside his books at our Flesk booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2011. Pierre's appearance was sponsored by Stuart Ng Books while he was there to promote his new titles. This video shows him drawing in copies of Belladone, Sinbad and in his Alary Sketchbook titles.
Frank Cho, the acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, shares his secrets to drawing the lovely women he is renowned for. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method arrives this fall from Flesk Publications.
Watch the Spectrum artist group signing at the Flesk/Spectrum booth which took place on Friday, July 25th at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Eight artists took part including Daren Bader, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Matthew Levin, Travis Lewis, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Allen Williams. This was the beginning of a yearly signing event that we will have at both Comic-Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live each year. You can bring your own Spectrum books or pick up copies at our booth to get signed. Thanks to the artists for participating!
Flashback to Saturday May 16, 2012 from 2:30-4:00. Flesk hosted the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live commemorative art book signing with the five special guests of the show. Shown in this video from left to right, is Mike Mignola, Iain McCaig, Brom, Phil Hale and Android Jones!
Flesk artist group signing at the Strip Festival show in Breda, The Netherlands on October 26 and 27, 2013. Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates joined us for signings during the duration of the weekend. I would like to express a special thanks to our hosts, Mark Thelosen and Guido de Bue, plus sponsorship from De Stripspecialist. And to the Strip Festival Breda organization and volunteers, plus all of those at Eppo for their help and support and for making our visit a pleasant one. We had a wonderful time!
Watch three hours of the Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony in one minute through a series of time lapse photography. Follow the evening from the audience arrival at the Midland Theater to the closing curtain. The ceremony was held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in conjunction with Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.
Watch the full Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony held on May 10, 2014 at Kansas City's historic Midland Theater. The silver and gold Spectrum awards for the eight categories were announced as was the 2014 Grand Master award recipient. Enjoy this one hour and ten minute event.
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was held on May 9-11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO. We offered a free 11 x 17 inch print at our Flesk / Spectrum booth during the SFAL special guest signing on Saturday from 11:15am to 12PM. Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d'Errico and Justin Sweet were on hand! This video takes you around the Flesk booth and wraps up showing the guest signing.
Warren Chang portrait painting demonstration on November 3, 2012 at the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove, CA. Warren took questions during the session providing the viewers with an intimate experience of his approach to painting.
Terry Dodson stopped to sketch this windmill during our visit to Schiedam, The Netherlands in October 2013. Our group consisted of Mark Schultz, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Jim Reid and myself (John Fleskes). Terry keeps a sketch pad and art supplies handy while traveling in case he sees a subject worth recording. This finished sketch can be seen in Terry’s new collection "Masquerade" available summer 2014.
Helpful Bear Productions has produced a second video highlighting the artists who appeared at the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event last May. Over 200 artists exhibited on the show room floor. This is a celebration that puts the artists in the forefront and provides an intimate and friendly environment for people to meet and greet the creators. Enjoy this small taste of SFAL.
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 9—11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO. For full details and to purchase tickets visit: spectrumfantasticartlive.com
Be a part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live by attending this event that celebrates the fantastic art and its creators. SFAL is a fantasy-focused art fair, in which creators can display, share and sell originals, prints, sculpture, crafts, toys and more to an audience of fans and peers. There is something for everything, including presentations, panels, displays, portfolio reviews, workshops, educational opportunities and the Spectrum 21 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy.
The Spectrum 21 judging event was held on March 1, 2014 at the San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration department building. The five member jury, comprising of Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, reviewed over 5000 entries during the daylong event. A Special thanks to the SJSU faculty for making the space available and to the twenty-plus students who volunteered making the day run smoothly. Watch this video for highlights during the day.
This video was shared midday on March 1, 2014 during the Spectrum 21 judging event. The jury went on to vote on the digital submissions shortly after this was posted.