Had a couple of days OUT of the office at the end of the week.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Red Deer Lake School on the southern edge of Calgary. They had a career day where people of interesting professions came in to talk to the students about the sort of work they do. I had two sessions, spoke about editorial cartooning and artwork in general. Managed to have some coffee time and lunch with the other speakers. Found myself wanting to sit in on THEIR sessions rather than teach my own as they were all quite interesting. This was my second invite to the school and I had a good time. Their keynote speaker was a very inspirational guy by the name of Alvin Law. A gifted speaker and I would welcome the chance to hear him again.
Today, I went back to Calgary to attend the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. My first time at this sort of event.
I’m not much of a comic fan, but I did want to check out some of the artists in attendance, among them Bobby Chiu and Stephen Silver, two of the instructors at Schoolism.com.
Since I’ll likely be taking each of their courses eventually, I wanted to find out a little more before deciding. Both are great guys, I picked up some books from them, and I’ll likely be taking one of their courses in the Fall. Still trying to put into practice everything I learned from Seiler’s course.
Met some other very talented artists there as well. While I’m not into the fantasy genre, two local guys I met from DPI Studios, Embrio and Jaysin really impressed me. A very talented team, they have created some beautiful eye catching stuff.
Another artist I met, Joe Weatherly, specializes in animal drawings and paintings. Enjoyed finding out that he spends time at the zoo every week, working on his craft. Obviously his dedication has paid off. Bought one of his books as well.
Had the pleasure of meeting John Giang who currently works for Industrial Light and Magic, arguably one of the top creative employers around. Not really a surprise they hired him after looking at his portfolio. This guy has some incredible talent and skill…his attention to detail in his digital paintings is second to none, and I’ll definitely be keeping track of his work.
Aside from that, there were toys, comics, and the requisite sci-fi celebrity guests. While I’ve never been the type to go after autographs or get my photo taken with a celeb, it was definitely odd to walk by a booth and see Mr. Sulu (George Takei) sitting there.
All in all, a good time. The folks who organized it did a great job and I’ll plan to attend again next year. I left feeling really inspired by the other artists there, all of whom were very gracious with their time.
But…time to get back to work.