Schedule from October 28 – October 28 – LightBox Expo 2023

Managing Burnout in the Social Media Era

Room 208 | Erika Wiseman
In the age of social media, it can be more difficult than ever for artists to avoid burnout. Join Erika Wiseman (erikathegoober) as she shares her insights and experiences with navigating burnout, imposter syndrome, mental health, the stresses of social media, and finding balance as an independent/freelance artist.

Let’s paint together every day!

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Meppo Art, Pnida Ratarasan, Chatsuda Rattarasan
Let's paint together! I'd be delighted to share my secret technique on how I manage to paint every day, along with the thoughts that inspire me during the process and efficient ways to speed it up. Additionally, I'd be happy to provide you with my personal brush, the one I consistently use for my daily paintings

Into the Hustleverse with Trolls Band Together

The world of the Trolls is bigger than we ever imagined! 2d, 3d, live action choreography, new locations, new characters, and new music are just some of the key ingredients in Trolls Band Together. Join the filmmakers in a candid conversation about the creative ambitions, artistic goals, technical innovations, and production challenges that all came together to prove once again; productions don't have to be perfect to be in harmony.

How to pursue a career as a self-employed artist

Room 207 | Maxine Vee, Poopikat (Kate Pellerin)
We will walk through the process and steps that have helped us transition to a freelancer career in the illustration industry. We will offer advice and tips about how we started and what to expect: brand consistency, building an audience, creating a portfolio that targets your audience, putting yourself out there, and how to schedule and balance your work as a freelancer.

HUXLEY: Creating and Developing Original IP

Room 204 | Ben Mauro, Nikolas Gekko, Steve Chinsuan Wang
In today's fast-paced and highly competitive creative industries, the ability to conceptualize, create, and protect original Intellectual Property (IP) is more crucial than ever. Whether you're an aspiring writer, filmmaker, game developer, or entrepreneur, understanding the intricacies of generating and nurturing your unique ideas into valuable IP is a fundamental skill. Follow along as Ben Mauro and the Huxley Art Department showcase the process of developing an original IP 'HUXLEY' and how it has grown and developed over the years from a graphic novel into cinematic trailers, prequel books, game demo and more!

Creating a Process You Love

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Michelle Ku
I'll paint with acrylics and share some intentions I've set that bring ease and joy into my painting process! There will be some reflection questions you can take home to help create and evolve your own unique process.

Crafting Worlds through Art and Story

Room 209-210 | Naomi VanDoren
Step into the realm of project-focused worldbuilding, where concept, design, and narrative come alive. Learn how to carry your creative ideas from initial concept to a cohesive, finished project. As an artist and author, I'll share the steps behind crafting a universe that’s both narratively rich and visually harmonious. Join me in exploring fresh content from my upcoming illustrated novel and gain actionable tips to bring your own creative projects to life

Art and Law: Empowering Artists Against Ai

Room 211 | Steven Zapata, Harry Jiang, Karla Ortiz, Travis Manfredi (Saveri lawfirm)
Navigate the intersection of art and law in this pivotal session aimed at equipping artists in the age of AI. Explore the increasing challenges of Generative AI scraping and artist identity theft, and arm yourself with the knowledge and tools essential for protection. This talk is designed to empower creatives to safeguard their work and identity, offering practical strategies and legal insights to combat the risks emerging in the digital landscape. Don’t miss the chance to fortify your artistic future in this era of technological advancement.

Coffee Talk: Narrative Costume Design

Room 104-105 | Ashley Swidowski, Alexandria Neonakis, Kris Anka
Join Kris Anka, Alexandria Neonakis and Ashley Swidowski for a casual conversation on their careers in character and costume design for film and video games.

The Diverse World of Story Artists

Journey into the heart of storytelling with a panel of distinguished story artists who breathe life into tales across the entertainment spectrum. From the grandeur of live-action films and the magic of feature animation to the episodic adventures of series animation, discover the nuances, challenges, and inspirations that guide these narrative visionaries. Delve into the artistry behind your favorite stories and gain a deeper appreciation for the creative minds that shape them. Join us for a deep dive into the world where concept becomes on-screen reality.

Craig Mullins: Live Painting Demo

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Craig Mullins
Witness the digital artistry as artist Craig Mullins takes the stage for a live painting demonstration. Known for pioneering the field of digital painting, Craig's influential techniques and captivating visuals continue to inspire generations of artists. Don't miss this chance to learn from one of the industry's trailblazers.

Getting off the ground with creature design

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Audre Schutte
In this presentation I will be covering how to generate ideas and get started with creature design. We'll cover multiple ways to begin the initial idea stage, what to ask for from your employer to help focus your approach, how to find inspiration and create a thorough reference sheet, what typically makes for a successful idea, how to riff multiple concepts from one, and common pitfalls to avoid. This presentation is fairly beginner friendly! Some interest in nature/biology is highly recommended.

It ain’t Magic, just 2D FX

Room 204 | TVPaint Développement, Chad Essley
Secrets of TVPaint Animation and FX with Chad Essley: Chad Essley is an independent animation director located in Portland Oregon. He has owned and run his small animation business for over 25 years, specializing in character driven animation. Software all-rounder, Chad knows everything there is to know about TVPaint and teaches you its secrets. Join him for a Demo session on frame-by-frame animation and FX.

Drawing with a Model featuring Artist Feefal

Room 103 | Feefal
Join the talented artist Feefal for an engaging live sketching session focused on drawing with a model. This interactive experience offers participants a chance to observe, learn, and draw alongside Feefal, gaining insights into her techniques and approaches to capturing form, emotion, and detail. Whether you're an aspiring artist looking to hone your skills or an art enthusiast eager to watch the creative process unfold, this session promises a unique and enlightening perspective on drawing from life.

Celebrating Women Artists in Visual Development

Room 107 | Laura Price, Maureen Fan, Claire Keane, Diana Ling
Embark on a visual journey with some of the industry’s leading women artists in visual development! Join Claire Keane, Diana Ling, and Laura Price, moderated by Maureen Fan, as they share their experiences and insights from working on celebrated films such as "What If", "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish", "Frozen", "Tangled", "Wreck-It Ralph", and the eagerly anticipated "Tiger's Apprentice". This panel is a celebration of feminine creativity and a deep dive into the art of visual storytelling, offering a rare glimpse into the creative processes and artistic philosophies of these visionary artists. Whether you’re an aspiring visual development artist, an animation aficionado, or simply a lover of beautiful imagery, this session is a unique opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the women shaping the visual landscapes of some of our favorite films!

Nathan Fowkes – Staying Relevant

Ballroom F |
We find ourselves in a time of great uncertainty for artists and yet we desperately want to live the dream of being one. Nathan Fowkes really, really wants to continue to be relevant and has spent the past year digging into how to do it. For this talk Nathan will share his thoughts and ideas on finding the positives and the advantages available to anyone ready to work for them.

Blender for Illustrators

Explore the creative process where illustration meets 3D as I share my experiences as a conceptual illustrator who loves tech and traditional painting. Learn how I've applied Blender's tools to my illustrations, including fine art projects for influential figures like the CEO of Riot Games. From crafting picturesque landscapes to dynamic character poses, uncover new horizons with Blender in the realm of 2D illustration!

Hatching A Plan

Civic Auditorium | Peter Lord, Sam Fell
Join Director Sam Fell and Aardman Animation Co-Founder Peter Lord, as they crack open a soufflé of scintillating secrets from behind the scenes of Aardman’s latest stop frame digital kitchen – Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. Foxes strictly prohibited.

Gouache Portrait Painting in a Limited Palette!

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Jess Karp
Ever wondered how to simplify values and shapes with light and shadow using a limited palette in gouache? I will show how to paint over a portrait sketch and bring the portrait to life! Using gouache, I will share the use of layers and building up values working from larger shapes to more details with each brush stroke. I will share my palette setup and gouache portrait process over a pencil sketch on an illustration board. For the portrait demo we will focus on light and shadow and emotion. I will share my process of enhancing vibrancy and accents in your portrait paintings as I bring it to life. Shortly after the demo, remainder of time, I will share an exclusive live inside look into some of my sketchbooks + you'll have a chance to win a brand new sketchbook from me!

The Life of a Shot within the Star Wars Universe

Room 106 | Lucasfilm Animation, Athena Portillo, Andre Kirk, Paul Zinnes, Keith Kellogg, Joel Aron, Akanksha Sahu
Taking a shot from Star Wars: The Bad Batch through our pipeline, from the Script Page through Design, Assets, Animatic, Animation, Lighting, FX and Final Frame(s).

Celebrating Black Excellence in Art and Film

Room 211 | Michael Blackbear Uwandi, Phil Boutté Jr., Malcolm Wope, Marlon West, 9B Collective Studio, Carl Jones, Everett Downing, Tara Nicole Whitaker
Join us for an insightful panel celebrating the contributions and experiences of Black artists across the spectrum of art and film. From costume illustration and concept art to direction and VFX, hear firsthand about the multifaceted journeys and creative processes of these accomplished individuals. This panel offers a unique opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives, discuss representation, and gain insights into the world of live-action films, animation, and more. Whether you’re an aspiring artist, a film enthusiast, or simply looking to learn more about the industry, don’t miss this chance to engage with and be inspired by these remarkable artists.

LGBTQ Voices: Pride in Entertainment Artistry

Join a diverse panel of prominent LGBTQ artists from TV, movies, animation, and illustration as they share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs within the entertainment industry. Featuring Cheyne Gallarde, Angela Sung, Mila Useche, and Sina Grace, with moderation by Greg Hopwood, this discussion promises insights into the unique perspectives and stories these artists bring to their craft. Celebrate the vibrant spectrum of creativity and identity in this enlightening conversation.

Animation for Impact: LUKi & the Lights

Animation has the power to change people's lives. Join the Big Grin team as they share their 2 1/2 year journey of making LUKi & the Lights, the first animated character with ALS. In this panel, we will discuss the steps of creating an independent short film, unexpected challenges, how to work with clients who don’t understand the animation process, and utilizing Unreal Engine, while delivering on a life touching subject. Q&A to follow.

The Art of Balancing Kids, Career, and Self

Room 107 | Griz and Norm, Jen Hancock, Lauren Barger, Concept Art Association, WIA, Piper Adonya, Michelle Murdocca, Beatriz Valenzuela
The Art of Balancing Kids, Career, and Self in the Entertainment Industry Come join us for an enlightening and transformative conversation that celebrates the beauty of achieving balance in the midst of life's chaos while working in the entertainment industry. Our panelists will engage in an open and interactive discussion, sharing their personal stories and lessons learned as they strive to balance their creative passions, career goals, and well-being. Through this conversation, attendees will gain practical insights, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of how to achieve balance as devoted parents, successful professionals, and fulfilled individuals. Presented by Concept Art Association and Women in Animation. Panelists: Griselda Sastrawinata, Visual Development Artist  Jen Hancock, Costume Concept Artist, Local 892 Piper Adonya, 9B Collective Lauren Barger, Visual Development/Character Design, Co-host Mermay Michelle Murdocca, Animation Producer  Moderated by Beatriz Valenzuela, Women in Animation

Real Life Wall-E Panel

Room 204 | Jay Shuster, Michael McMaster
Two unique entertainment career paths, one adorable robot. Jay Shuster talks about his growing up in the design and engineering circles of Detroit, his path to Pixar and the process of designing the trash-compacting robot. He shares the stage with Michael McMaster, robot-builder extraordinaire, whose very first build was a full-scale, romote-control Wall-E. Michael will speak to his own experiences growing up in California's central valley and the uncommon course his career took, leading him to gigs such as working on set for Disney/Lucasfilm's current Star Wars projects.

The power of creative sketchbooking

Room 209-210 | Esther Morales
During this talk Esther Morales will be sharing her experience with observational drawing and sketchbooking sessions as a source of inspiration and daily practice for character design and visual development. Finding in your sketchbook a judgement-free space to create and learn is key for amplifying your visual library and improving your drawing skills while having fun and finding your own voice.

Guts, Glory, Transformation and HEART

Civic Auditorium | Troy Quane, ND Stevenson, Nick Bruno
Join Directors Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, and The Creator of the NYT Best Selling Graphic Novel, ND Stevenson as they present a special “Making Of” session that illustrates the process of bringing Nimona’s fearless journey from Graphic Novel to Screen. Uncover the challenges faced and the artistic triumphs achieved while breaking barriers in feature animation storytelling.

Crafting Legends: Live Action Character Designers Panel

Join an illustrious panel featuring Karla Ortiz, Iain McCaig, Constantine Sekeris, Crash McCreery, Christian Alzmann, and Rob Bliss, moderated by Renee di Cherri. Collectively, their groundbreaking work has shaped iconic films such as "Doctor Strange," "Star Wars," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Jurassic Park," "Harry Potter," and many more. Dive deep into the artistry and challenges of live-action character design and gain insights from the creative minds that have defined iconic cinematic characters.

From terrified student to creator and director!

Room 211 | Jorge R. Gutierrez
Embark on a heartfelt and hilarious journey of artistic evolution with Jorge R. Gutierrez, a visionary creator and director in the animation industry. Jorge's remarkable career showcases his multifaceted talents, with notable credits including the Emmy Award-winning Netflix animated series "Maya and the Three," the critically acclaimed animated feature "The Book of Life," the Emmy Award-winning series "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera." Join us as Jorge shares insights into his transformative journey, the lessons learned, and the passion that drives his creativity. This session promises to inspire and enlighten artists and storytellers alike.

Sketching fantastical creatures with pencil and watercolour

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Iris Compiet
Let your imagination run free and sketch without fear. Iris will give you a peek into her process of creating fantastical creatures in her sketchbooks. From the very first graphite sketches to adding watercolours to bring it all to life. Focussing on letting the medium work for you and have fun doing so! During the demo you are encouraged to ask any and all questions you have. Iris Compiet is the creator of Faeries of the Faultlines, illustrator of the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth Bestiaries and clients include Netflix, Wizards of the Coast, Harper Collins, and others. 

Internships at Walt Disney Animation Studios

Room 106 |
Join former Walt Disney Animation Studios interns in a unique inside look at our early career programs and how their internship experiences helped to shape their careers in Animation. We’re pulling back the curtain on the process, the opportunity, and the experience with intimate conversation and Q&A opportunities!

Friendship and Leadership in Entertainment

Ballroom F | Cynthia Halley, Sunmin Inn, Grace Kum, Teny Issakhanian, Kristina Vardazaryan
Join these 5 powerhouse design leads and long-time friends in conversation on how they got where they are, the challenges and rewards of successful careers in entertainment, and the power of fostering supportive relationships. Their combined experience spans over 50 shows in TV and Feature animation at major studios including Disney, Sony Animation, Netflix, and Marvel, with titles in Art Direction, Production Design, Character Design, Storyboarding, Games, Comics,Teaching, and more. They'll share their unique artistic journeys, discuss the differences, expectations, and misconceptions of various leadership roles, and answer your questions about breaking into the industry and moving ahead. Come take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from all 5 of these industry leaders at once and in person!

Drawing/Painting with Intent

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Kalen Chock
In Animation, many different problems can arise in your day to day work. We will discuss the many ways you can approach/present your work so that you can be more effective to your team.

Imposter Syndrome, my dear friend

An artist's career can be full of joy, energy, good projects and the natural ups and downs, but sometimes a deep feeling of being inadequate can creep its way into our minds. You just don't feel you're doing things the right way, and it seems like someone else is always there, judging every step, and defeating your own talent. We put together senior artists, an art director, a production designer and fresh talents to explore a struggle shared by many. We will share some tips and experiences based on our different backgrounds and how we managed to deal with it and, in some cases, overcome it.

Spooky Storyboarding: Live Demo with Cassey Kuo

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Cassey kuo
Join Cassey Kuo this Halloween season for a thrilling live demonstration of storyboarding a spooky sequence! Cassey will peel back the curtain on her preparatory process, showcasing what it takes before even a single panel comes to life on the screen. Dive into the nuances of storyboarding, ask your burning questions, and watch as a short spooky sequence unfolds right before your eyes. Whether you're an aspiring storyboard artist or just a lover of the craft, this session promises a blend of education, interaction, and Halloween spirit!

Brynn Metheney – Cryptids and Creatures

Room 208 | Brynn Metheney
Creature artist and illustrator, Brynn Metheney talks about her process in designing cryptids and creatures. What makes a good monster story? Brynn discusses the nuances of storytelling through design; how evolution and history play into making compelling cryptids.

“Pencils Vs. Pixels” Feature Film

Room 101-102 | Tom Bancroft, Tony Bancroft
This is the California premiere of the live action documentary, "Pencils Vs. Pixels", produced by Tom Bancroft. The film tells the story (from the mouths of the artists, not the executives) of what happened to 2D animation in the 2000s. From a glorious rise in the 90s to the fall of 2D animation in just 10 years. Interviews include: Glen Keane, Bruce Smith, Jorge Gutierrez, Alex Hirsch, Seth McFarland, Mindy Johnson, Andreas Deja, Tina Price, Tom Bancroft, Tony Bancroft, and many more! Q and A afterward with Tom Bancroft and guests, time permitting.

Illustrating the Alaskan Tundra

Room 207 | Francis Vallejo
Francis will detail his experience over the summer of 2022 where he lived and visually documented the Canning River Bird Camp on the Northern Arctic Tundra of Alaska with a team of 11 biologists. In conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Audubon, Vallejo created an illustrated 88 page 'zine based on this expedition. He is currently preparing a speaking tour around his home of Detroit, MI with the goal of connecting very city-oriented youth with the nature in Alaska and other natural lands. Vallejo will discuss how to connect your art with nature and adventure, the residency world, pitching and delivering a project, and the process used to create the experimental imagery in his 'zine.

The Art of Portfolio Creation

Room 107 | ARTSTATION, Maxine Vee, Javier Perez, Iris Muddy, Rembert Montald
Make first impressions count when building a portfolio as your creative calling card to recruiters and clients. Join ArtStation and artists on a panel and Q&A to discuss the art of portfolio creation. Learn the best ways to showcase your skills, highlight your professional experience, and encourage the next steps in the hiring process.

Worldbuilding: A Demo with Finnian MacManus

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Finnian MacManus
Join Finnian MacManus, a renowned concept artist and designer, for an engaging demo showcasing his exceptional skills in crafting visual stories. With credits including prominent projects like "Avatar: The Way of Water", "Thor: Love and Thunder", "Obi-Wan Kenobi", "WandaVision", "Jungle Cruise" and many more. Finnian will share his artistic process, techniques, and insights, providing a glimpse into the world of high-end concept design and worldbuilding. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the industry's leading creatives and gain valuable insights to elevate your own artistic journey.

Breaking into Animation w/ Kat Tsai (+paint demo)

Room 104-105 | Kat Tsai, Adobe
6 years ago, Kat went from being a psychology major to working in animation on projects like SpiderMan: Across the SpiderVerse and Steven Universe: Future. Come listen to her journey and watch her digital painting process in Adobe Photoshop!

Liquid Colour

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Darrell Warner
A brief introduction to watercolour, by way of projected image and practical demonstration.

Animation Superstars

Room 211 | Jorge R. Gutierrez, ASIFA-Hollywood, Eric Bauza, Miranda Dressler, Mike Hollingsworth, Brooke Keesling
A dynamic group of movers and shakers is gearing up to embark on a spirited conversation about the ever-evolving global animation scene, driven by cutting-edge technologies and the transformation of the animation business landscape. The panel will explore how artists can leverage new opportunities and expertly maneuver through the challenges within this rapidly changing environment.

Lighting for Concept Artists and Illustrators

Civic Auditorium | James Gurney
There are five principles of lighting that every artist should understand: direction, proximity, relative intensity, relative color, and diffusion. Applying each of these principles effectively can help create a mood or tell a story. James Gurney, author of the Amazon bestseller "Color and Light" takes you through his explorations of lighting via his plein-air paintings in gouache and oil and his experiments with 'concepting from life.'

Storyboarding: Animation vs. Art Directors Guild

Ballroom F |
Ever wondered about the distinctions and common grounds between storyboard artists in the Animation Guild Local 839 and the Art Directors Guild Local 800? In this enlightening panel, seasoned storyboarders from both guilds will demystify the differences, share their diverse experiences, and explore the unique challenges and rewards of their respective fields. Gain valuable insights into the varied roles and responsibilities of storyboard artists across the animation and art direction spectrum, and join the conversation on the collaborative essence of crafting compelling visual narratives. This is a must-attend for anyone keen to deepen their understanding of the dynamic world of storyboarding!

FOX Entertainment Presents Krapopolis

Room 209-210 | Pete Michels (TBC), Miranda Dressler (TBC)
FOX Entertainment is bringing Krapopolis to LightBox Expo 2023! Set in mythical ancient Greece, Krapopolis tells the story of a dysfunctional family of humans, gods and monsters that try their hand at running the world’s first cities – without trying to kill each other, that is. Created and exec produced by Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty), the series features the voices of Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Matt Berry (What We Do in The Shadows), Pam Murphy (Mapleworth Murders) and Duncan Trussell (The Midnight Gospel). Join the creative forces behind Krapopolis for a special presentation as they pull back the curtain on the production process, share exclusive insights, and discuss the unique challenges and triumphs of bringing the animated series to life.

Shorts in Short

Room 106 | Disney Television Animation, Gino Guzzardo, Daniel Siegel, Aliki Theofilopoulos, Jack Ferraiolo
Creative leadership from Disney TVA’s Multiplatform team and ZOMBIES: The Re-Animated Series Shorts discuss storytelling opportunities within successful properties and expanding franchises.

The Best of Animayo International Film Festival – Animated Short Film Showcase

Civic Auditorium | Animayo
Come see the very best international animated short films in one showcase! The Summit & International Film Festival Animayo present the screening premiere of the Animayo 2023 Official Awards, voted by the International Jury of the Festival in May, which resulted in 15 Awards and 16 Special Mentions. The Animayo Official Awards "The Best of Animayo" is a prestigious award and is the first and only animation festival in Spain to be designated a "Qualifying Festival" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Hollywood for the Oscar® Awards in two categories: international animated short film for the 'Animayo International Grand Jury Prize' (since 2018) and 'Best Short Film in Spanish - Animation with Ñ', for countries that have Spanish as an official language, (since 2023).

How to Plan a Successful Career

Sheridan Alumni Tell All! Learn from experienced Sheridan animation grads about the secret to staying versatile and marketable, while learning how to handle multiple roles throughout your career in the entertainment industry. From classroom to studio, these panelists have remained agile and savvy when it comes to navigating an ever-changing landscape, moving easily from television to feature films.

Create, Don’t Scrape: Glaze protection from AI

Join the discussion of Art and Science as we delve into the threats of unregulated generative ai against artists. We will discuss the scraping of art without Consent, Credit, Compensation, and use of generative AI models to target artists through style mimicry. We will also discuss the development of adversarial tools (such as Glaze) to protect artists, their design, usage and limitations, followed by a Q & A"

3D Production Art in ZBrush

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Stephen "SMAARTIST" Anderson
Join Stephen Anderson, Senior Art Outsourcing Supervisor on "Overwatch" at Blizzard, for an enlightening session on 3D Production Art using ZBrush. Stephen brings a wealth of experience from his diverse background working for industry giants such as Marvel, Walt Disney Imagineering, DreamWorks, Netflix, Warner Bros. Games, and Hasbro. As an instructor of Stylized Character Creation at Gnomon School in Hollywood, he will share valuable insights and techniques for creating captivating and stylized characters in 3D.

Crafting Stories: The Portfolio Edition

For story artists at the beginning of your career, how do you craft a storyboard portfolio that will resonate with studios? Tips on where to draw inspiration for ideas, how to structure a successful sequence, and more from artists working in feature animation who were students themselves not too long ago.

The Art of Using References

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Lady Chamomile
Join me as I, a self taught character designer, show how I incorporate references in my workflow to create a piece completely my own.

Watercolor and Vectors, Animated!

Room 207 | Kyle T Webster, Adobe
Adobe Fresco has developed into one of the most powerful and exciting illustration apps in the world. Since its launch, Fresco has had over 100 updates, held a steady 4.75 rating in the App Store, and won over hundreds of thousands of artists with features like live brushes (watercolors and oils that stay wet!), vector brushes, multicolor painting, animation motion paths, no layer limits, and seamless Photoshop roundtrip workflows. Come see what makes this app the new favorite of so many artists in this in-depth demo by Kyle T. Webster.

Anatomy Fundamentals for Artists

Room 103 | Dr. Michael Habib
In this workshop, anatomist-artist Dr. Michael Habib will take you through some fundamentals of human anatomy (and a bit of comparative anatomy) that you can apply widely to character and creature design. Common stumbling blocks and anatomy critical for animation will be emphasized. The workshop will make use of human models, real human skulls, and simple activities that any artist can utilize to make use of their own anatomy as a reference. Participants are encouraged to sketch along during the workshop.

Discovering visual narrative through comics

Room 204 | Marcos Mateu-Mestre, Marcelo Vignali
Dive deep into the art of storytelling with Marcelo Vignali and Marcos Mateu-Mestre, two prolific artists with an impressive array of credits in both animation and comics. Marcelo, known for his work on "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", "Lilo & Stitch," "Vivo," and "Hotel Transylvania," joins forces with Marcos, celebrated for his contributions to "Puss in Boots", "The Prince of Egypt", and authoring the highly regarded book "Framed Ink" amongst others. Together, they will unravel the intricate tapestry of narrative techniques, sharing insights and exploring how the world of comics inspired them into the world of visual storytelling. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the masters and deepen your understanding of crafting compelling narratives.

The Matrix: Relocations

Room 209-210 | Philippe Gaulier
Framestore Art Director Philippe Gaulier discusses the personal and professional journey he took on The Matrix: Resurrections. Relocating from LA to San Francisco with his family for a six-month immersion in the film's pre-production stage, Philippe joined director Lana Wachowski, Production Designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole and the film's talented concept design team. Philippe will shed light on the human experience, and how the personal relationships and collaboration made conceptualizing the film an incredibly enjoyable and motivating creative process.

The Wheel Of Death! Creature Crafting with Crash

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Crash McCreery
Join legendary artist Crash McCreery as he demonstrates the intriguing "Wheel of Death" to combine unique ideas and features. Witness the evolution of a fantasy creature from initial concept, through rough sketches, value thumbnails, to the mesmerizing final rendering. Delve deep into the artistic techniques as Crash emphasizes the mastery of light and shadow to render texture and form, showcasing the creature in its best light. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master and enhance your understanding of character design and rendering!

Navigating Mental Health in the Arts

Room 104-105 | Bobby Chiu, Michael Blackbear Uwandi, Iris Muddy, Drew Hartel
In a world where creativity and mental well-being are closely intertwined, understanding and addressing mental health is crucial. Join our Artist's Mental Health Panel featuring Mike Uwandi, Iris Muddy, Bobby Chiu and moderator Drew Hartel, as they delve into the challenges and solutions associated with maintaining mental balance in the arts. This discussion is a beacon for artists seeking guidance, offering a platform for conversation, support, and shared experiences in navigating the complexities of mental health in the creative industry.

Art Direction 101: Don’t Do What I Did

Room 211 | Sunmin Inn, Lip Comarella
Join the candid and enlightening session with accomplished Art Directors for Animation, Sunmin Inn and Lip Comarella, as they share valuable insights and lessons learned from their diverse experiences in the field. Navigate through the do's and don'ts of Art Direction, gain practical advice, and delve into the stories behind their creative journeys. This presentation is a unique opportunity for budding artists and enthusiasts to learn from the experts and avoid common pitfalls in the realm of Art Direction in Animation // Up till here, Bobby helped me write. But seriously come learn from my mistakes. Lip is naturally way better in this area than me, so he’s coming. This meeting is not recorded, and for the the fourth time, there is no pizza(sorry), but there will be a surprise.

Pioneering Visions: Contemporary African Artists

Dive into African artistry with our distinguished panel featuring Malcolm Wope, one of the directors behind "Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire", and Daniel Clarke, a creative force and one of the directors for "Star Wars Visions", and Jeryce Dianingana, the talent behind environments for games such as “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey”. Moderated by the multifaceted Phillip Boutte Jr., this session promises an exploration into the diverse creative landscapes navigated by these contemporary African artists. From animation to illustration and directing, gain insights into their creative journeys, unique perspectives, and the inspiration behind their groundbreaking projects.

Background Paint Demo with Nicodaboy

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Nicodaboy
Step into the creative universe of Nico and gain a unique insight into the makings of captivating background art! In this interactive demo, Nico will dissect his artistic approach, showcasing the techniques and thought processes behind his stunning visuals. From initial concepts to intricate details, get ready to explore the layers that bring depth and dimension to his work. Whether you're an aspiring artist or an art enthusiast, this session offers a blend of practical advice, creative inspiration, and an open floor for all your burning questions. Join us for an enlightening hangout and delve deeper into the world of background art!

Collaborative Storytelling in Blizzard Cinematics

Ballroom G | Matthew Cohan, Andrew Robinson, Jon Teer, Jake Patton, Mike Koizumi, Marc Messenger, Anna Morgan
Dive into the world of Blizzard Cinematics with Matthew Cohan (Senior Manager, Writing), Marc Messenger (Cinematic Director), Anna Morgan (Cinematic Director), Mike Koizumi (Principal Storyboard Artist), Andrew Robinson (Principal Writer I), Jon Teer (Senior Manager, Previz/Camera), and Jake Patton (Animation Editorial Supervisor). Explore how these talented individuals collaborate across various disciplines to craft enthralling narratives and create immersive experiences. Discover the intricacies of their roles, the challenges they overcome, and the creative synergies that drive them to deliver cinematic excellence in the gaming world.

Your Career Path at Lucasfilm Animation

Room 106 | Lucasfilm Animation, Dawn Carlos, Caitlin Cheek, Tori Niu, Greg Verreault, Miguel Perez, Molly Denmark, Tanha Dil
A group of talented artists from Lucasfilm Animation will be discussing their career path to LAL as well as their roles and responsibilities! This includes disciplines within concept design, digital assets, story, animation, lighting, lighting concepts, editorial and post.

Social Animation Magic: Crafting 100 Shorts

Room 208 | Andrew Gordon, Vince Amarosa
Step into the fast-paced and inventive world of social media animation with Vince Amarosa and superstar animator, Andrew Gordon. In this insightful session, Vince and Andrew pull back the curtain on the creation of 100 animated shorts specifically designed for the TikTok platform. Learn about the unique challenges, creative solutions, and innovative approaches employed to captivate the scrolling audience. Whether you’re an animator, content creator, or social media enthusiast, this talk offers a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to make a mark in the digital animation space. Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable insights from a master of the craft!

Caricature Design with Ricky

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Ricky De Los Angeles
Ever wonder what you would look like as a cartoon? Join caricaturist, Ricky De Los Angeles, where he will draw a caricature from initial sketch to a rough final colored design, all inspired by a few lucky audience volunteers. It could be You! You'll learn how exaggeration, shape language, and simplifying features can create a fun new character inspired by real people.

Procreate Dreams with Aaron Blaise

Civic Auditorium | Procreate, Aaron Blaise
Join Aaron Blaise for a demonstration of Procreate's new software, Procreate Dreams, and a look into how he created his latest short film in this upcoming software for iPad.

CAPE Presents: From Comic To Screen

More than ever, comic books and graphic novels are crossing the bridge onto our screens as TV series and films. What are the creative opportunities and challenges for storytelling in these adaptations? What does this mean for the future role of comics and graphic novels in mainstream media? CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) is thrilled to bring you the Asian creators and talent behind your favorite series and films this year to explain what makes a great adaptation from page to screen.

The Power of The Superhero Project

Discover how a global League of Extraordinary Artists is harnessing the power of the arts as a tool for healing and empowering youth impacted by serious illnesses, disabilities, trauma and complex mental health and medical needs. The Superhero Project (a nonprofit organization) interviews kids and teens about who they are beyond their diagnosis and how they make a positive difference in the world. Each child is matched with an illustrator who designs the superhero alter ego they describe - a visual representation of their strength, courage, creativity and resilience. Hear how artists tackle the challenge of designing a child's ideas and celebrating their differences and how this new pantheon of superheroes can change the world. Imagination. Inclusion. Representation. Joy.

Hard-Surface/ Robot Life-drawing session

Room 103 | Jay Shuster, Michael McMaster
An hour long posed robot drawing session featuring the robots of Michael McMaster. Jay Shuster will also be on-hand to talk quick and basic sketch techniques specifically for hard-surface and robotic subject matter.

Level up Your Art Skills

"Talent is earned, not given." Experience firsthand the guiding principle that artist and mentor Anthony Jones (RobotPencil) teaches his students. In this talk, Anthony will share effective skill-building techniques using Infinite Painter to help you challenge your abilities, hone your talent, and accelerate your growth as an artist.

Resilience in Animation: Navigating Transitions

Join WIA and DreamWorks for an engaging and informative discussion on how to thrive and excel in the animation industry, even in the face of uncertainty. Whether you're a seasoned animator seeking new challenges or someone looking to break into the world of animation, this discussion will provide valuable insights to help you navigate the ever-changing world of animation. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from industry experts, learn from real-life success stories, and prepare for a brighter future in animation, no matter the climate.

Struggle to Success: An Artist’s Journey

Room 209-210 | Kamille Rodriguez
Do you feel like you're starting too late? Are you worried that you didn't attend the right school or secure the ideal internship? Do you feel like breaking into the industry is impossible without the right connections? In this presentation, we will explore the inspiring journey of an artist who forged a path to becoming a professional concept artist for clients such as Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros and more. Topics covered will include the artist's personal challenges, tips on maintaining determination amidst uncertainty, and the breakthrough moments that propelled her into an exciting career.

Discovering your Style + Personal Voice

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Francis Vallejo
We all see the world differently and have something to say, but many times it can be difficult refining these experiences into a unique and personal body of work. In a place beyond technical skill, is a unique perspective to share with the world. We are here to find it. Illustrator Francis Vallejo will spend his presentation lecturing on how to leverage your art spirit and discover the medium(s) that will allow you to sing. Learn to manage industry standards, art history influences, and personal experimentation. Embrace standing out and resist fitting in. This presentation will conclude with a demo exploring various media and their possibilities in your style.

Directing the Narrative: Visionaries Behind the Lens

Room 104-105 | Kris Pearn, Jill Culton, Donna Lee, Kristen Lester, Bobby Pontillas
Delve into the world of animated storytelling with an esteemed panel of directors who have shaped the landscape of animation! Join Jill Culton ("Abominable"), Donna Lee (Director at Netflix), Kristen Lester (Director at Pixar), and Kris Pearn ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"), as they engage in a captivating conversation moderated by Bobby Pontillas. Explore the creative journeys, directorial insights, and the challenges and triumphs experienced while bringing animated narratives to life. Gain invaluable insights and draw inspiration from the minds behind these acclaimed films. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, a storytelling enthusiast, or simply a lover of animated cinema, this Directors Panel offers a rare opportunity to learn from some of the industry's visionaries.

A conversation with Dermot Power and Rob Bliss

Join us for a riveting conversation with renowned artists Dermot Power and Rob Bliss, moderated by Renée di Cherri. Dermot and Rob have left indelible marks on the film industry, contributing their artistic prowess to iconic films and series. Their collective credits include masterpieces such as "Last of Us," "Wednesday," "Harry Potter," "Star Wars," and "Fantastic Beasts," among others. This is a golden opportunity to gain insights into their creative journeys, learn about the artistic processes behind some of the most celebrated cinematic visuals, and engage with the minds that have shaped the visual language of modern cinema.

Storytelling through Metaphors, Symbolism, and Color

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Tim Evatt
Tim Evatt Continues his lecture about integrating themes and visual structure into your films. He is an eighteen-year design veteran whose career has spanned both video games and animated blockbusters. His credits include Toy Story 3, Coco, Soul & Lightyear. Join Tim while he discusses his passion for studying visual structure in film and how to give your scenes power.

Directing for Television Animation Demystified

Ballroom G | Monica Davila, Ashlyn Anstee, Violaine Briat, Jess Cuffe
We all know that storyboard directors are an important part of the television pipeline but what exactly does the the job entail? What skills are needed to become a director? And how do you move up from an artistic position into a supervisory one? Directors Ashlyn Anstee (Monster High, Jessica's Big Little World, Scooby Doo and the Mystery Pups), Violaine Briat (Wings of Fire, Loud House, Across the Spiderverse), and Jess Cuffe (Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Legend of Vox Machina, Guardians of the Galaxy), along with moderator Monica Davila (Big Hero 6: The Series, Dogs in Space, Princess Power) will dive into these questions and more.

Storyboard Like a Boss

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Anthony Winn
In this presentation… I will share my process for delivering story sequences and frames with efficiency using the iPad Pro in Procreate.

Concept Art Careers: Animation vs Video Games

Room 208 | ArtCenter, Fernando Olmedo, Moby Francke, Crystal Mora, Evgeni Tomov
Are you graduating soon and not sure whether you want to work in Animation or Video Games? Or, are you working at an animation or video game studio and wonder whether it’s possible to jump from one industry to the other? How do the portfolio requirements differ? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our panel made up of art hiring managers and recruiters from both Animation and Games. Hosted by ArtCenter College of Design

Color and Light with Devin Elle Kurtz

Room 101-102 | Devin Elle Kurtz
Join artist Devin Elle Kurtz as she explores the art of composing color and light in a one hour painting demo. Devin will take you through her process of painting a loose and expressive animal portrait in her signature, colorful style from start to finish. Learn to make saturation shine through context and contrast to create light that truly feels as if it shines. Whether you're a budding artist or seasoned pro, this workshop offers valuable insights to enrich your understanding and application of color and light in your artworks.

The True Power of Story

Room 207 | Randy Bishop
Every human on the planet loves stories in one form or another. Stories are intimately related to who we are and how we view the world. Have you ever felt personally attacked when someone dislikes your favorite book or movie? Have you ever wondered why you feel such a strong connection to the characters and places that stories take you to? This talk dives deep into what makes stories such a foundational part of our lives as well as how the stories we experience affect the decisions we make. In other words, the true power of story.

The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story

Room 107 | Jarelle Dampier, Khaila Amazan, Sony Pictures Animation, David Schulenburg
“The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story” is an original short film from Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks' new mentorship program, "Leading and Empowering New Storytellers" (LENS), which aims to provide high-potential candidates from underrepresented groups an opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience. Through the program, the studios identify four candidates from both inside and outside of their existing crews who will dive headfirst into creative leadership positions and work together to make an animated short film. Join two of the inaugural LENS filmmakers, Jarelle Dampier (Director) and Khaila Amazan (Writer), for a screening of their short and Q&A, moderated by program creator/producer David Schulenburg.

Ambassador Wolf Sketch Session

Room 103 | Allie Vanaman, Julie Hamilton, Steve McCollom, Kari Whitehead
Join Allie Vanaman as she hosts Ambassador Wolf Malia for a unique animal life drawing session!

Grow your career using cross discipline knowledge

Room 204 | Riot Games, Yan Shu
In the evolving landscape of the creative industry, having expertise in a single discipline is often not enough. Join Yan Shu, a seasoned artist from Riot Games, as he delves into the significance of cross-disciplinary knowledge in advancing your career. Drawing from his extensive experience and diverse skill set, Yan will share insights on how integrating knowledge from various fields can foster innovation, enhance adaptability, and open new avenues for professional growth.

Animation Cel Inking and Painting Demo

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Made by Wheeler
From the women of the Ink and Paint department, to classic Anime of the 80’s, hand-painted cels were a huge part of the traditional animation process, and have since become a wonderful collectors item and keepsake. I’ll share my process for creating your own hand-painted cel. This demo covers needed materials, line work methods, color mixing, paint application, and proper storage of the final cel creation.

Voices of Vision: AAPI Artists Shaping Animation

Dive into the dynamic world of animation through the lens of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists who are making waves in the industry. Join Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, Prashan Subasinghe, and Toniko Pantoja in a panel discussion, moderated by Baobab CEO Maureen Fan. This conversation promises rich insights into their unique experiences, cultural influences, and the transformative role AAPI artists play in the evolving landscape of animation. Celebrate diversity and creativity in this insightful dialogue.

Creating an Animated Series Outside of Hollywood

Room 209-210 | Adam Yaniv, Anthony Leo
In 2015, Adam Yaniv wrote and directed the short film SUMMER MEMORIES as part of the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program. When challenged to find the right home for the family comedy series he based on the short, Yaniv set out to finance the project outside the Hollywood system – a journey that culminated in a Canada/Israel co-production between Yaniv’s own A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and Yeti Farm Creative - now airing on Roku, Family Channel, Amazon Prime and other platforms internationally. This panel will showcase the journey from short film to 40 episodes and 20 shorts - including strategies for tapping international co-production models to move animated concepts from development to production.

The Right Fit: How to spot talent

Room 104-105 | The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, Danny Ducker
In this panel discussion, top art directors, artists, and supervisors talk about the hiring process and what they look for in portfolios when reviewing them. They will also share with other creative professionals, how to not only spot talent, but look for key signs that the artist's work will complement the needs of the production and elevate the artistry.

Expanding Your Brand Outside of Art

Join James and DJ in 'Expanding Your Brand Outside of Art' as they discuss moving creativity beyond drawing to build a broader audience. Explore strategies for artists to grow their presence, unlock new opportunities, and reach diverse audiences, all while transcending the boundaries of traditional art mediums.

Planning your perfect character rotation

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Haley Rose
Character rotations are a pivotal step in character design, aiding in visualizing and understanding a character's form and structure from different angles, ensuring consistency and believability across various media. In this demo, Haley will guide you through her thoughtful approach to crafting character rotations, sharing invaluable tips, techniques, and insights gathered from her experience in the field. She'll cover aspects such as maintaining proportion, ensuring consistency, and addressing challenges that arise when bringing a character to life in three dimensions.

Scavengers Reign: Animated Sci-Fi Series Panel

Ballroom G | Titmouse, Chris Prynoski, Joseph Bennett, Sean Buckelew, Benjy Brooke, Rachel Reid, James Merrill, Rachel Reid
A conversation with the creative voices behind Scavengers Reign, a new adult animated sci-fi series premiering on Max. Created by Joe Bennett and Charles Huettner, and produced by Titmouse and Green Street Pictures, the series, a 2023 Annecy Film Festival award-winner, follows the surviving crew members of a damaged deep-space freighter who are stranded on a beautiful yet unforgiving planet. Meet Joe Bennett, Co-creator and Executive Producer, Chris Prynoski, Executive Producer (Titmouse), Rachel Reid, Episodic Director and Animator, Benjy Brooke, Supervising Director, Sean Buckelew and James Merrill, Co-Executive Producers (Green Street Pictures).

Creating An Art Bible For A Fictional Universe

Room 204 | Neil Blevins
We will be analyzing an art bible for a sci-fi project, discussing how it is formatted, what information/art to include, how to achieve a consistent design philosophy and style throughout a project, and tips you can use when creating your own art bibles for your own projects.

Paint light with color temperatures

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Lynn Chen
For digital painting, often time we are dealing with lighting informations. Lighting unifies the local colors and brings harmony in our painting. In this demo, we’ll paint a character and enhance its volume with three light source that comes with different color temperatures.

Live Portrait Painting with Jonathan Hardesty

Room 103 | Jonathan Hardesty
Join acclaimed painter and instructor, Jonathan Hardesty, for a heartwarming and educational session as he paints a live portrait of his son, Sam. Known for his mastery in both digital and traditional mediums, Jonathan will share his techniques, insights, and the sentimental journey of capturing the essence of a loved one on canvas. Whether you are an aspiring portrait artist or simply an art enthusiast, this session offers a unique opportunity to witness the intimate dance between artist and subject, and to learn valuable skills from a seasoned painter who beautifully melds emotion and technique in his work.

The Brave Locomotive – Screening and Making-Of

Room 207 | Andrew Chesworth
Andrew Chesworth will screen his latest hand-drawn / CG hybrid short film 'The Brave Locomotive' followed by a making-of presentation and Q&A. The film is a love letter to the musical films of the 1940s Golden Age of animation in both look and form.

Balancing Side Gigs

Room 209-210 | Jackie Droujko
Jackie has tons of side hustles, from Youtube to selling her art online to freelance to conventions. How does she do it? Join this talk and learn about her history of side gigs, time management, advice for starters, and more!

How an Online Art Contest Can Change Your Life

Hear from the creators of the muliti-million participant online drawing challenges: "Inktober" and "Mermay" about how taking part in those challenges has changed artists' lives! Sometimes your art can speak for you - and get you a job! Come ready to hear inspiring stories from artists you know and love! Sponsored by Xencelabs.

Constructing Orion with Ash Thorp

Ballroom F |
Step into the imaginative realm of Ash Thorp, a renowned artist in the film industry, as he unveils the intricate process behind creating "Orion". This session offers a deep dive into Ash's creative journey, exploring how he crafts immersive worlds and compelling characters that captivate audiences. From conceptualization to realization, gain valuable insights into the artistic and technical aspects of film design. Whether you're an aspiring artist, a film enthusiast, or simply curious about the world of cinematic creation, this presentation promises a fascinating exploration of artistic storytelling.

Painting an anime-style background in gouache

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Djamila Knopf
In this demo, I’m going to show you how I paint a simple landscape in poster colour, an opaque water-based medium similar to gouache. Since poster colour has traditionally been used for background paintings in Japanese animation, it’s perfectly suited for lush and vibrant environments. I’ll show you how I approach painting clouds and vegetation, how I simplify shapes and colours, and how I create harmonies. I’ll also cover a variety of techniques: from watercolour-like wet-in-wet applications to opaque brushwork. You’ll learn about my favourite tools, go-to techniques, and pick up some tips and tricks.

Creative Command: A Showrunners Panel

Room 104-105 | Toff Mazery, Edward Jesse, Megan Dong, Everett Downing, Drew Hartel
Join an enlightening conversation with an esteemed group of showrunners who have played pivotal roles in bringing some of television's most beloved shows to life. Meet Megan Dong (Centaurworld), Everett Downing (My Dad the Bountyhunter), Toff Mazery and Edward Jesse (Wolfboy and the Everything Factory). Moderated by the insightful Drew Hartel, this panel brings together these visionaries to discuss their journeys, the challenges and rewards of showrunning, and the evolving landscape of television programming. Don't miss the chance to gain invaluable insights from the creative authorities who shape the way we experience TV!

Crafting Worlds: An Art Demo with Ehsan Bigloo

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Ehsan Bigloo
Immerse yourself in a digital art demonstration with Ehsan Bigloo, a seasoned artist renowned for his work on blockbuster projects like "The Lord of the Rings: "The Rings of Power", "Prey", "Invasion", "Ghostbusters: Afterlife", "Free Guy", "The Tomorrow War" and many more. In this session, Ehsan will offer a glimpse into the mastery that has contributed to the visual splendor of some of the most beloved animated films.

Building an Artist Collective

Join the visionary co-owners of 9B Collective, Mike Uwandi, Aldis Hodge, and Phillip Boutte Jr., as they delve into the inspiring journey of forming a studio through the union of diverse artistic talents. This panel will explore the challenges, rewards, and key considerations of building a collective of artists, fostering a nurturing environment for creativity, and establishing a solid foundation for a successful studio. Whether you’re an artist looking to collaborate or an entrepreneur at heart, gain valuable insights and practical advice on how to create a thriving artistic haven and make a significant impact in the creative industry.

Wish: The Art of Costume Design

Room 106 | Walt Disney Animation Studios, Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay
Join Associate Production Designer Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay as she shares her artistic process and inspiration behind the costume designs for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film, Wish.

Dinosaur Anatomy for Concept Artists

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | RJ Palmer
Creature designer RJ Palmer will slash through the outdated pop culture depictions and unreliable google results to give you easy to follow guidelines for creating cutting edge dinosaurs.

How to Break Into Storyboarding for Feature Films

Room 101-102 | Aaron Sowd, Amy Umezu, Bill Thompson, Daniel Lim, Darrin Denlinger, Ken Perkins, Jeffrey Henderson
Join a stellar panel of top story artists Aaron Sowd, Amy Umezu, Bill Thompson, Daniel Lim, Darrin Denlinger, Ken Perkins, and Jeffrey Henderson as they unveil the secrets of breaking into storyboarding for feature films. With collective credits that include iconic movies like "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King," "Inception," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Wonder Woman," "Jurassic World," and many more, these seasoned professionals offer a rare glimpse into the world of visual storytelling in cinema. Gain insights, tips, and strategies from the artists who have shaped the narratives of some of our most beloved films, and discover how you can chart your own path into this exciting and dynamic field.

From Howl’s Castle to Poppy Hill: Yoichi Nishikawa

Room 208 | Nucleus, Yoichi Nishikawa, Charles Solomon
Step into the enchanting worlds created by Yoichi Nishikawa, the celebrated artist behind some of Studio Ghibli's most beloved films including "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Wolf Children," and "The Wind Rises." In this intimate interview conducted by renowned anime author Charles Solomon, who has previously engaged in insightful conversations with the likes of Goro Miyazaki, we’ll delve into Nishikawa’s artistic journey, exploring the creative process, inspirations, and the magic behind bringing animated worlds to life. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of anime's artistic landscape and the minds of those who shape it! Brought to you by Nucleus Gallery.

Horses: Current, Prehistoric, and Fantasy

Presented by co-creators Concept Illustrator Terryl Whitlatch and renowned paleontologist Dr. Michael Habib, this is an Exploration of the Horse as an essential species both in Natural History, human civilization, and profound role in Fantasy Storytelling. A basic overview of the Horse family, its anatomy and prehistory, and--the unveiling of an exciting new fantastical World and Concept--Equus Arcaenum--where horses, from bizarre flying hippogriffs to wild Steppe Unicorns, to predatory equines, to exotic species that can blink in and out of quantum space, rule!

Transforming the Mundane to Magical: Art Demo

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Naomi VanDoren
Discover the unique alchemy of transforming inspiration from daily life into compelling fantastical digital art in this interactive demo. I'll take you behind the scenes of my creative process, from finding inspiration during everyday hikes to mastering the tools of Photoshop and mixed media. Learn how I channel the world around me into story-filled illustrations that captivate the imagination. Gain practical insights and techniques to elevate your own digital storytelling.

Women of Concept Art in Film and TV

Join us for an open and insightful discussion featuring concept artists working in film and television. These talented artists share their perspectives and experiences as women in entertainment on unique paths and at different stages of their careers. These women have worked on projects such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Boys, She-Hulk, Yellowjackets, The Wheel of Time, Haunted Mansion, Star Trek Picard, and Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Attendees will have a chance to win a Wacom Cintiq 16, and 1 of 3 Wacom One creative pen displays courtesy of Wacom! Moderated by Costume Designer Mairi Chisholm (The Orville - New Horizons)

Sketch Club Panel

Room 207 | Wouter Tulp, Stephen Silver, Marcelo Vignali
Join us for a captivating panel featuring three masters of the art world, Stephen Silver, Marcelo Vignali, and Wouter Tulp. With credits that include designing characters for "Kim Possible" and "Danny Phantom" (Silver), contributing to the visual development of films like "Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse" and "Hotel Transylvania" (Vignali), and renowned illustration work across various mediums (Tulp), these artists bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. Dive into their sketching secrets, and gain insights into their creative processes. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this panel offers a treasure trove of artistic wisdom and inspiration.

Exploring the Multifaceted World of Comics

Ballroom F | Deb JJ Lee, Victoria Ying, Mario Alberti, Jazzlyn Stone, Jen Bartel, Molly Knox Ostertag, Violaine Briat
Journey through the diverse and dynamic universe of comics with a stellar ensemble of artists! Our comics panel, moderated by Jazzlyn Stone, brings together an eclectic mix of artists: Deb JJ Lee, Victoria Ying, Molly Knox Ostertag, Mario Alberti, Jen Bartel, and Violaine Briat. Each panelist brings a unique flair, having worked across web comics, major comic companies like Marvel, and graphic novels. Engage in enriching discussions about their creative processes, experiences in various comic realms, and the evolution of storytelling through illustrations. Whether you’re a budding comic artist, graphic novel enthusiast, or a lifelong fan of the medium, this panel offers a unique opportunity to insights and inspiration from the minds that have shaped and continue to innovate the world of comics.

Facial Mechanics and Appeal with Michal Makarewicz

Room 209-210 | Michal Makarewicz
Unlock the secrets of crafting compelling and emotive characters in this insightful session with Michal Makarewicz, a seasoned character animator known for his work on acclaimed Pixar films such as "Up," "Inside Out," and "The Incredibles 2." Michal will delve into the nuances of facial mechanics and appeal, sharing valuable tips and techniques to bring characters to life through expressive facial animations. Whether you're an aspiring animator or a seasoned professional, this session offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of character animation and learn how to convey emotion and personality through the subtleties of facial movement and expression.

Empowering Creations: Voices of Women in Animation

Step into a world of creative brilliance with our Women in Animation Panel, featuring a group of distinguished artists whose collective works have enriched the animated film industry. Join Jill Culton, Emily Xu, Chrystin Garland, and Gloria Felix as they discuss their experiences and insights. Their combined credits span acclaimed projects including "Abominable", "Open Season", "Big Hero 6", "Zootopia", "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power", "Niko and the Sword of Light", "Rio" and many more. Guided by moderator Renee de Cherri, this discussion will offer a unique perspective on the evolving roles of women in animation and the dynamic interplay of creativity and representation. Gain inspiration from their stories and explore the diverse tapestry of animated storytelling!

Megan Brain’s Papercutting Art Demo

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Megan Brain
Dive into the intricate and mesmerizing world of papercutting art with Megan Brain, renowned for her exceptional skills in this delicate craft. In this live demo, Megan will share her techniques, insights, and stories behind creating detailed and expressive artworks entirely from paper. With credits including feature films like "Kubo and the Two Strings" Megan’s expertise in papercutting has played a pivotal role in visual development, contributing to the unique aesthetics and storytelling of some of your favorite animated worlds. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a master and explore the possibilities of storytelling through papercut art!

The Production Designer’s Notebook

An insider's look at film style and design. Justin K. Thompson (Director, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse") moderates this round table discussion and takes you inside the minds of animation's most exciting Production Designers for an insightful look into their personal approach to designing incredible looking films and the unique challenges of the role within this ever-evolving medium. Panel guests include Production Designers: Linda Chen, Paul Lasaine, and Patrick O'Keefe.

Concept Art Awards

Civic Auditorium | Concept Art Association, Nicole Hendrix, Rachel Meinerding
Join us for the Concept Art Awards at LightBox Expo, where we honor and celebrate the remarkable talents and achievements of artists in the fields of movies, games, and animation. This prestigious event shines a spotlight on the creative minds whose visionary works bring our favorite stories and characters to life, showcasing the depth, diversity, and innovation of concept art. Be part of this inspiring celebration, witness the recognition of artistic excellence, and connect with the vibrant community of creators and enthusiasts!

Unleashing Magic: Decoding the Art of Storytelling

Room 101-102 | Kris Pearn, Vani Balgam, Rita Street, Jay Fukuto, Jan Nagel
An engaging exploration of the evolution of storytelling in the modern era. The panel discusses the historical journey of storytelling, from ancient oral traditions to the influence of technology on contemporary storytelling forms. The panel will delve into the power of storytelling in the digital age, considering its democratization through social media and its fusion with visual arts and interactive mediums.

Painting Urban LA with Mark Anthony

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Mark Anthony
Embark on a visual journey through the vibrant streets of Los Angeles with visual development artist, Mark Anthony. In this short painting demo, Mark will skillfully bring to life an urban setting, showcasing his techniques and sharing insights into his artistic process. Whether you're an art enthusiast or an aspiring artist, this session offers a unique opportunity to observe, learn, and be inspired by the dynamic interplay of color, light, and structure that defines urban LA through the eyes of an industry expert.

Sketching in Clay

Bring your inner child for some serious play. This will be a hands-on clay sketching workshop with Colin and Kristine for artists working in all mediums. Participants will get to dive into a clay sketch of their own, following along with the Pooles. Learn how to translate your idea into a quick 3D sketch, use rough drafts to inspire and problem solve your next creation, make your own 3D reference for concept development and accurate lighting. Selecting materials/processes to achieve the best results and desired outcomes will also be covered. Info will be applicable to 2D, 3D, digital and traditional mediums. Clay supplies included for each participant (MonsterClay generously provided courtesy of MonsterMakers)

Asian Queens in Animation: Changing the Narrative

Join AQIA as we hear from some Asian Queens on how they broke into the industry, approached building connections, stood out in interviews, and what life's been like as a working professional in the animation and gaming fields. Despite society's expectation to lead or follow a certain path hear how the panelists changed the narrative and chose to write their own.

Figure Painting Demo – Digital Alla Prima

Join this painting demo featuring a live model! Discover the art of quick sketching to capture life's fleeting moments and atmospheric nuances from a posed figure. See how digital art can emulate the beautiful 'wet into wet' technique of Alla Prima oil painting, and speed up your figure painting abilities to capture more in less time. Don't forget your sketch pads or tablets – everyone's invited!

Form Language: Twisting the Familiar

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Lola Yiting Zhang
Dive into a realm where the often-overlooked nuances of nature take the spotlight. Imagine the unique texture of a pinecone, those intricate mineral formations, and the weirdest insect structures serving as our core design ingredients. Experimenting with form, texture, and color, blending the mundane and familiarity with unexpected twists, our aim is to craft fresh character designs that are inspired by the essence of those nuanced natural elements. We don’t know what we’ll come up with, but that's the fun part.

The Technology of Animation

Room 209-210 | Skydance Animation, Erik Smitt
When vis dev and story artists see the finished product on the screen, the difference between a result they can be proud of and which reflects their hard work and one that falls short of their expectations often comes down to the creative pipeline and how it’s structured. Skydance Animation’s Director of Creative Production Erik Smitt will discuss the methodologies, tools, and considerations that go into making sure a feature or series delivers on the vision that its creative teams had at the outset.

Creative Coalition

Room 211 | Deana Igelsrud, Kevin Yee, Sam Tung, Tiffy Wang, Jessica Cheng
Creators from various disciplines (Writing, Acting, Color Design, Storyboarding) come together to discuss against automated labor theft/exploitation, generative Ai scraping, and strategies we can use to form a united front.

Chalk Pastel Demo with Artist Ashly Lovett

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Ashly Lovett
Join Ashly as she shares her materials, techniques, and love of dark fantasy with a live chalk pastel demo. Ashly is known for her captivatingly ethereal artwork inspired by folklore. Clients include FOX Searchlight, SEGA, Boom! Publishing, and others.

The Art of Visual Development in Animation

Room 104-105 | John Nevarez, Robert Kondo, Yael Givon, Chrystin Garland, Grace Kum, Marcelo Vignali
Join us for an enriching panel discussion featuring the creative minds behind some of the most beloved animated films and series! Our esteemed panelists, John Nevarez, Chrystin Garland, Grace Kum, Robert Kondo, and Yael Givon, moderated by Marcelo Vignali, bring a wealth of experience from their work on projects such as "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "Lilo & Stitch", "Mulan", "Ron's Gone Wrong", "Coco", "Inside Out", "Monsters University", "Cars 2", "Niko and the Sword of Light", "My Dad the Bounty Hunter", "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power", "The Dam Keeper", "Oni: Thunder God's Tale", "Ratatouille", and "Rick and Morty". This session offers a unique opportunity to delve into the artistic processes, challenges, and innovations in the field of visual development for animation.

Diverse Roles Explored in Series Animation

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on some of the most iconic animated series? Join a versatile group of creators, character designers, story artists, production designers, and art directors, as they pull back the curtain on the dynamic world of series animation. Our panel features industry talents Dustin d'Arnault, Kelsey Eng, Jeffery Thompson, Sandra Equihua, and Yuhki Demers, with Bobby Chiu steering the conversation. With experiences spanning shows like "Maya and the Three", "Samurai Jack", "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Gravity Falls", "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power", "My Dad the Bounty Hunter", "Rick and Morty", and "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera", this panel is a treasure trove of insights. Whether you’re an aspiring animator or a devoted fan, don’t miss this opportunity to explore the creative realms and learn from the masterminds behind your favorite series!

A Panel on Live Action Costume Design

Ballroom G | Greg Hopwood, Imogene Chayes, Luca Nemolato, Imario Susilo, Jerad Marantz
Dive into the imaginative world of costume design with Greg Hopwood, Imogene Chayes, Luca Nemolato, Jerad Marantz, and Imario Susilo as they showcase their journey of conceptualizing and illustrating iconic looks for the screen. With a shared portfolio featuring designs for "The Boys," "Ahsoka," "She Hulk:Attorney At Law," "Avengers: Infinity War," "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," and many more, these artists will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process of envisioning costumes that shape characters and narratives. Join us for an enriching discussion on the art and impact of live-action costume design!

Behind the Scenes with Marvel Studios Vis Dev

Room 106 | Disney Television Animation, Ryan Meinerding, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Rodney Fuentebella, Jana Schirmer, Ian Joyner, Holly Myer (moderator)
Artists from Marvel Studios’ Visual Development team explore the inspiration, process, and fundamentals of creating concept art for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Art of Networking

Room 204 | Peter Paul "P2", Rachel Marx
Networking is a skill valuable for personal and professional growth in animation. In a very competitive field, how do YOU learn how to properly build connections? In this talk, we discuss the art of networking: the do's & don'ts, how to catch a professional's attention and what resources to use for in-person and online networking and how to overcome your fears in reaching out to people.

Miguel Baltazar – Photoshop Storyboarding Demo

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Miguel Baltazar
In this 1-hour demo, I will share with y'all my storyboarding process and how I use layer comps to efficiently craft story panels. This demo will be a sneak peek into my routine of boarding a sequence from start to finish, with all the messiness, second guesses, and chaos that goes into this whole thing! So get ready to learn all the tips, tricks, and techniques that I use to make my storyboards "feature ready!"

Advanced Photoshop Techniques You Need to Know

Room 101-102 | MSI, Jesús Ramirez
Unlock the full potential of Adobe Photoshop with Jesús Ramirez, the expert instructor from the popular Photoshop Training Channel (PTC) on YouTube. This advanced session will reveal the pro techniques he uses in his professional work in the Hollywood industry to speed up workflow and productivity. You will also learn how to combine the new groundbreaking. AI-powered features, with traditional tools to take your creativity to the next level. This information-packed session will leave with at least one “Wow, I didn’t know Photoshop could do that” moment!

3D for 2D Artists: Characters and Creatures

Join Gnomon (3D art college in Hollywood, CA specializing in training artists for careers in visual effects, games, and animation) as we discuss how 3D tools are used by 2D artists to create characters and creatures for films, shows, and video games. We'll be joined by Gnomon alums and instructors Ashley Stegon, Kyle Brown, and Daniel Zeni, who will talk about their education, artistic journey, and career path.


Room 107 | Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim, Robert Smigel

Dos and Don’ts for an Animation Portfolio

Room 207 | RyanLangDraws
Tips on what to put in a portfolio geared towards animation. Join the acclaimed visual development artist, Ryan Lang, known for his work on blockbusters like "Big Hero 6," "Moana," and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," as he sheds light on crafting a standout animation portfolio. Dive into this illuminating session where Ryan shares invaluable tips, highlights the essentials, and warns of common pitfalls in portfolio creation.

Paul Lasaine: A Work in Progress

Room 204 | Paul Lasaine
In a world where if you throw a rock in any direction, you’ll hit a production designer…only one can say, “I designed The Eye of Sauron!” With a career spanning more than three decades, Paul Lasaine is one of the most awesome guys you’ll ever meet, and he’s a pretty good artist too. From Dick Tracy, to The Prince of Egypt, to The Spider-Verse, to What If…?, Paul Lasaine has worn a lot of different hats, and he’s seen a lot of s#*t go down! Come hear him talk about his storied career, his artwork, and quite possibly his adventures living in New Zealand, working on those little films about Hobbits.

How to make Hand-Painted Character for Games

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Riot Games, Annie Kwon
Join us for an immersive demonstration led by a skilled artist from Riot Games, focusing on the art of hand-painting characters for the gaming world! This session will unveil the secrets and techniques behind creating compelling and vibrant characters, highlighting the steps to refine and elevate your designs. Whether you’re a budding artist or an industry veteran, this demo is packed with insights and practical tips to help you level up your character creation skills for the competitive gaming industry. Don't miss the chance to learn and get inspired!

Inside Look: The Day I Became a Bird

Room 209-210 | Andrew Ruhemann
Join us for an intimate discussion with Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Ruhemann as he delves into his journey returning to the director's chair for 'The Day I Became a Bird'. Ruhemann will share the inspiration behind the story, the challenges faced during production, and the personal significance of this project. This is a rare opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the creative process of a cinematic maestro and to understand the depth and passion behind every frame of this compelling film.

The Art of Costume Design in Entertainment

Step behind the scenes of the entertainment world with a panel of artists dedicated to the craft of costume design. Featuring industry talents Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, Greg Hopwood, Maggie Chan, and Gina DeDomenico, this discussion, moderated by Marlon West, will delve into the artistry and intricacies of creating iconic looks for TV, movies, and animation. Discover the inspiration, challenges, and stories behind some of the most memorable ensembles on screen in this illuminating conversation.

Studio Owners Round Table

Join an illuminating panel featuring the owners of a diverse array of studios spanning animation, art, gaming, and more. Hear firsthand from Frank Falcone of Guru, Maureen Fan of Baobab Studios, Chris Prynoski of Titmouse, Finnian MacManus of Terraform Studios, Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants & Scattered Brains, and Kris Wimberly of Studio Smokescreen. Delve into the minds of these creative leaders as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a studio, and gain invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of the creative industry. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of those at the forefront of artistic innovation.

Concept Artist Tips for the Current Game Industry

Room 211 | TB Choi
Join TB Choi, a seasoned character concept artist currently contributing her talents to Blizzard's Overwatch, as she shares valuable tips and insights on thriving as a concept artist in today's dynamic game industry. This session offers a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and rewards of being part of a major gaming studio and to learn practical strategies to excel in the realm of concept art. Don't miss out on the chance to gain industry-specific knowledge from a pro!

Traditional Anime Painting demo: Yoichi Nishikawa

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Nucleus, Yoichi Nishikawa
Join the esteemed Yoichi Nishikawa for a captivating demonstration of traditional art. Known for his meticulous technique and vibrant use of color, Nishikawa will share his insights and tips. With credits including Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, From Up on Poppy Hill, Wolf Children, The Wind Rises and many more. Yoichi brings a wealth of experience and artistic flair to this enlightening session. Don't miss the chance to learn from a master and elevate your gouache painting skills!

Taking a character from sketch to color

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Emma Cormarie
In this demo, I will take you through my process of designing a character from scratch. I will take the sketch all the way to final color, and demonstrate my coloring process with textured brushes, using procreate.

Get the Gig

Ballroom G | Skydance Animation, Annwhitney McCombs, Alison Mann, Sam Goff, Deb Stone, Brooke Keesling, Ariel Goldberg
Candid discussion with recruitment experts on how to best stand out as a candidate and land the job. Each of these panelists brings years of experience from across multiple studios. They’ve seen how the industry has changed and how it’s remained the same, and they’ve seen just about every mistake and success that a candidate can make while trying to get the gig.

Using Color: Nature and Beyond!

Room 101-102 | Marco Bucci
Using color well is a two-step process. The first step is unlocking nature's secrets. Through study, we can learn what nature's color recipe is, and how things react under different lighting conditions. The second step is to identify color patterns from our findings, and establish nature's 'cookbook'. With this knowledge in-hand, we have the power to extend it as far as we like. We can mimic natural color, go beyond it, understate it ... whatever we want! In my Lightbox talk, I will reveal critical aspects of how to effectively study nature, the secrets I've learned from it, and how I apply it in my work both broadly and subtly. This will be a semester of art school condensed into a single talk!

How to Build and Work Your Network

Room 208 | ArtCenter, Alysia Alex, Debra Blanchard, Alejandro Sandoval
Your network can be one of your most valuable professional tools. ArtCenter alumni share their experiences building and working their networks to find and land new opportunities. They’ll cover topics such as building relationships in college, how to “cold call” someone for advice, developing relationships with recruiters, the fine line between being persistent and being a nuisance, and the role of social media. Hosted by ArtCenter College of Design

After 30 Years Animating @ Disney- STILL Evolving!

Civic Auditorium | Andreas Deja
Following an acclaimed 30-year career with Walt Disney Animation studios where he created classic characters, including 'Gaston' in Beauty and the Beast, 'Jafar' in Aladdin and 'Scar' in The Lion King, Andreas Deja left Disney in 2010, to spread his wings. With the creation of an all-new 28-minute short MUSHKA, he assumed responsibility for ALL facets of production. In this presentation, he shares why and how he started and completed his directorial debut, including inspiration from newly discovered artists like Wilhelm M. Busch and others; team gathering; developing a 2-D animation pipeline and the musical gift of Academy Award-winner Richard M. Sherman. Deja shares the path of this challenging growth journey, that was both exciting and scary… but ultimately very rewarding.

The Power of Thumbnailing

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Jason W Scheier
Designing a composition or shot can be one of the most challenging exercises there is. In this demonstration, Jason will discuss the way to really enjoy the process of creating shapes, and finding form through thumbnails. Keeping observations limited to reference can sometimes hinder the outcome. Using your imagination often by abstractions, gut-checks, and dynamic linear understanding. Learn the composition and language of shape from design instructor, Jason Scheier. Jason covers the structure of shapes, and how to think about shapes to create compositions that move the viewer’s eye through the picture plane. He covers the fundamentals of creating storytelling in images, including: -The rule of thirds -Depth cues -Contrast lead lines -Area of emphasis -Framing -Following shapes

The Making of Once Upon a Studio

Room 106 | Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dan Abraham, Trent Correy, Yvett Merino, Bradford Simonsen
Directors Dan Abraham and Trent Correy will be joined by Producers Yvett Merino and Bradford Simonsen for this behind the scenes presentation on the making of Once Upon a Studio, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short film. Filmmakers will share the creative challenges and accomplishments the teams achieved in this unique collaboration celebrating the studio’s 100 year legacy.

Quick BG’s with Blender and Photoshop

Demo Area 2 - HALL C | Nicolas Gardeazabal
Working as a Background Painter in the Animation industry can be very demanding. This demo will focus on how to increase your workflow from creating a simple scene in Blender and taking the 3D geometry to a final animation friendly painting. Final painting will be completed in Photoshop.

Artivism: The Power of Art to Change the World

Room 204 | Nikkolas Smith, Wacom
Artivist, Author, Film Illustrator, and former Imagineer Nikkolas Smith shares his journey and how he has transformed his passion for Art into Artivism (Art+Activism) with a mission to bring social justice awareness to a global audience through the power of art + social media.

Background Paint: Touching Grass and Painting It

Room 207 | Aprilyn Cunanan, Grey Chen, Qianjiao Ma, Victoria Orolfo
AAPI women and background painters in indie, TV and feature animation will discuss finding the balance of painting for a fast pace production and making the necessary time to follow athletic passions such as marathon running, backpack hiking, roller-skating and outdoor/indoor rock climbing. In this panel, we'll explore the benefits of pursuing outdoor sports and its application to our craft. We will demo and lead our audience in our favorite hand and body stretches that will benefit any artists and office workers!

The Artistry of Gaming with Top Game Artists

Room 107 | Viktor Kalvachev, Airi Pan, Dela Longfish, Banks Boutté, Laurel D Austin, Jennifer Wuestling
Unlock the creative realms of gaming with a panel of distinguished artists who have crafted visuals for an array of games, from mobile to colossal AAA titles! Featuring Viktor Kalvachev, Laurel D Austin, Jennifer Wuestling, Airi Pan, and Dela Longfish, and moderated by Banks Boutté, this session promises a deep dive into the diverse spectrum of game art. With experience in renowned studios such as Blizzard, Moonshot, Riot, Sony, and Moon Active, these artists offer a treasure trove of insights and stories. Join us as we explore the challenges, triumphs, and evolution of artistry in the gaming industry. Whether you’re an aspiring game artist, a gaming enthusiast, or simply curious about the artistic process, this panel is your gateway to understanding the art behind the game!

Pitch Dev Studios and Magma Unveil Moon Kontrol

Witness how Project Moon Kontrol's artwork developed within Magma's realtime collaborative art platform, feeds the 3D pipeline, culminating in a stunning Unreal Engine trailer. This game-changing workflow highlighted throughout this presentation, explores the real-time virtual collaboration in Magma ( through practical applications in creative development pipeline. Dive into the world where visionary designers and artists, spanning global locations and time zones, leverage Magma's transformative power in their daily production. Showcasing the remarkable toolsets and seamless collaborative workflows. Experience the future with Magma's presentation mode, dynamic video conferencing, and integrated comments in the creation and review process.

Mastering Complexity with Simple Shapes and Color

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Kamille Rodriguez
Join us for an inspiring demo, where you'll learn how to confidently approach any environment, from serene landscapes to bustling city scenes, with simple techniques. Bring your notebook and watch as Kamille goes through her practical methods using intentional design principles to create striking images that have attracted clients such as Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros and more!

The Art of DreamWorks CURSES!

When a generations-long family curse turns Alex Vanderhouven to stone, it’s up to his two kids, Pandora and Russ, and his wife Sky, to return artifacts stolen by their ancestors to their rightful homes to finally lift the curse for good. Join artists from the show as they dive into the art of this brand new spooky adventure series CURSES! debuting on Apple TV+ October 27.

Drawing Demo with J. Scott Campbell

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | J Scott Campbell
Join renowned comic book artist J. Scott Campbell as he takes us on a captivating journey, demonstrating his unique drawing process. Witness firsthand the techniques and nuances that have made his artwork iconic in the comic industry. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the masters of the craft.

Designing Characters from Gestures

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Anastasiia Platoshyna
In this demo I will be sharing my process of visualizing a character using gestures as a jumping off point! We'll be discussing what key elements to look for within the reference, how to extract them and infuse this essence into the initial sketches and subsequent final design. I use this approach whenever I work on early character development or if I cannot decide on the look and energy of a particular design. I hope this demo shines some light on how to keep character designs fresh, unique and alive!

Hacks of Writing for Animation

Open for early writers and artists alike, this presentation breaks down the key components of storytelling and writing your first pilot from an artist's perspective. We'll dig into what makes stories compelling and how action and art translate to the page.

Crafting Virality: the Social Media Panel

Delve into the dynamic world of social media with a stellar lineup of renowned artists: Feefal, Loish, Even Mehl Amundsen, Timothy Von Rueden, Tasia, and Devin Elle Kurtz, moderated by Renee di Cherri. Each artist brings a unique perspective, having successfully navigated the digital realm and amassed followings of 300,000 or more, with some reaching over a million. Discover the strategies, challenges, and rewards of building and maintaining a substantial online presence. Gain valuable insights into content creation, audience engagement, and personal branding from artists who have mastered the art of digital influence. Whether you’re an aspiring artist looking to grow your digital footprint or simply interested in the intersection of art and social media, this panel offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. Join us for a conversation that explores the multifaceted relationship between artistry and the digital realm.

Disney TVA’s Big City Greens

Room 106 | Stephen Sandoval, Nate Federman, Kiana Khansmith, Nick Sumida, Gabi Rodea, Carl-Edward Mongan
Entering its 4th season on Disney Channel, Big City Greens’ crew members share what it takes to create and sustain a hit series.

The Future of 2D Production

Room 207 | Toon Boom Animation, Dana Cameron, Bobbie Page, Mike Schnier
The animation industry experienced profound changes over the past five years, accelerated by economic trends and the necessity for remote work. What trends can animation artists expect to see over the next decade? In this panel, celebrating Toon Boom Animation's 30th anniversary, we will hear from leading production executives in the industry who have worked with artists at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Discussion topics include trends in 2D animation, overcoming challenges in hybrid 2D/3D pipelines, the changing landscape of remote work, as well as the skills that studios will be seeking for years to come. This panel is a must-see for animation artists who want to stay ahead of the curve!

VIS DEV for series: From Concept to Greenlight

Developing art in today’s animation climate requires patience on a superhuman level; innovating, iterating, pivoting quickly, rinse, and repeat. The road forward can feel murky, and the development cycle endless. In this talk, artists Liz Artinian and Evan Palmer discuss their approach to visual development for series; how they ideate with design, communicate with executives, target audiences, and steadily guide a difficult project from concept to greenlight. Q & A to follow.

Live Gesture Session with Normand Lemay

Room 103 | Griz and Norm
Esteemed story artist, Normand Lemay, guides you through a gesture drawing session. With a live costumed model, attendees have the unique opportunity to sketch alongside Normand, gleaning insights from his expertise. Whether you're an aspiring animator or just love the magic of drawing, this session promises a wonderful event not to be missed. Grab your pencil and join us for this interactive and enlightening experience!

3D Character Visual Development for Animation

Leticia and Charles welcome you to join them in discovering how 3D Character Development plays an integral role in feature animation. Learn insights to the process in which designing characters in 3D helps evolve a character concept from 2D design, by discovering the language of 3D shapes and look-development that help bring a character to life, and how these discoveries help spearhead the efforts downstream into production. Through thoughtful examples and discussion, Leticia and Charles will elaborate on their experiences, sharing their love for the craft, and hopefully inspiring those who dream of a career in 3D character development.

Breaking the Mold

We will discuss many of the hurdles we have had to personally overcome, encouraging those embarking on the Industry, to reflect on their own hurdles. We will also touch on generational expectations of success, coming from Black, Asian, and minority communities. Talk about the importance of creating and being a part of a supportive community and the importance of visibility while getting and staying connected in the Industry.

Diverse Talent Hiring in the Animation Industry

Room 211 | Bryan Dimas, Nicole Hendrix, Jo Meuris, Katie Dizon, Austin Faber, Bobby Pontillas
Provided by Asians in Animation, Black n Animated, BRIC Foundation, LatinX in Animation, Legends Animated, and Rise Up Animation, this panel would deeply discuss the challenges of getting diverse talent hired and supported in both the major animation studios and the independent animation community, as well as explore promising solutions for addressing those challenges.

Masterminds of Live Action Concept Art

Dive into the visual universes of some of the most iconic live-action films and series with a panel of esteemed concept artists! Join Sean Hargreaves, Phil Saunders, Tim Flattery, Harald Belker and Neville Page, as they are moderated by Banks Boutté in a discussion that spans their incredible works on "Avatar", "Spider-Man: No Way Home", "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker", "Avengers: Endgame", "Star Trek Beyond", "Iron Man", "WandaVision", "Watchmen", and countless others. This session provides a unique opportunity to explore the artistic process of translating imagination into cinematic realities. Whether you're an aspiring concept artist, a film enthusiast, or simply fascinated by the creation of visual worlds, this panel promises a wealth of insights and behind-the-scenes tales from the minds that have visually shaped some of the biggest blockbusters in film history!

The Hustle is Real

Ballroom F | David's Doodles- The Art of David Colman, Deb Stone, Angela Leptio, Carlos Vasquez
So much focus is on the talent as your priority trait for being hired but what about your integrity and how does that measure up?. Your skills will get you hired but your reputation will keep you employed. This talk will address many of the small things that make a big impact on establishing your foothold in the business. Specifically networking and fostering good chemistry with your peers and the entire production.

From Lines to Life: Drawing Demo with Jefrain G.

Demo Area 4 - HALL C | Jefrain Gallipoli
Join Jefrain Gallipoli, a talented professional character designer known for his unique use of shapes and vibrant colors, as he unveils his work process. In this demo, he'll walk you through transforming a simple sketch into a stunning final artwork.

Animation’s Character Design Maestros

Ballroom G | Prem Sai GS, Chris Sasaki, Stephen Silver, Sam Nielson, Max Narciso
Step into the imaginative world of character design with a panel of industry luminaries who have brought life to the animated screen! Join Max Narciso, Prem Sai GS, Sam Nielson, and Chris Sasaki, whose combined portfolios boast contributions to acclaimed films such as "Luca", "Inside Out", "Monsters University", "Luck", "The Boys", and the "Super Mario Bros. Movie". Guided by the seasoned moderation of Stephen Silver, this panel will offer a rare glimpse into the creative process, challenges, and triumphs of designing memorable characters for animation. Whether you’re an aspiring designer, animation enthusiast, or a cinema lover, this session is a golden opportunity to learn and be inspired by the minds behind some of your favorite animated personalities!

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Kai Lun Qu
Within this informative oil painting demo, the key concepts on how to approach values, colors and edges within a portrait painting will all be covered in an easy to digest manner. Kai will be sharing his tips and tricks on everything he knows about the subject of painting in the alla prima techniques, allowing students to gain a level up on their skills no matter the experience. Will be giving away the demo painting to one lucky attendee!

Write for Animation! The Superpower of Story

Join Peter Ramsey, Jorge Gutierrez, and Pietro Schito for a must-see panel focused on enhancing your storytelling skills in animation. These industry experts will offer practical advice, insider tips, and real-world examples that can turn your storytelling skills into a career superpower. Whether you're a newcomer or an experienced professional, don't miss out—your story starts here!

Breakthrough! The Art of Getting Hired in 2024

Room 101-102 | Michael Blackbear Uwandi, Jude Smith, Drew Hartel
Navigating the industry's formidable barriers is no easy feat, especially considering the looming perils of AI and intensifying competition. How does one successfully penetrate this landscape? In a candid discussion, Jude, Mike, and Drew unveil their personal odysseys, shedding light on foolproof strategies for securing and maintaining employment in this ever-evolving field.

To Study Faster (3 speedpaints in 30 mins)

Demo Area 1 - HALL C | Esther Wu
Studying taking too long? Studying and not seeing improvements? Then it's time to introduce a 10-minute timer! This demo will go over forming good habits for studying shape-identification, painting (color and light) and over-all composition all with only the round brush. Here's the not-so-secret about studying-- it's not about copying! All levels welcome and questions regarding industry or digital art can be answered throughout demo .

Meet the Disney Recruiters

Room 106 |
Our teams want to help you put your best foot forward, with tips on networking, applying, interviewing, and more. Featuring recruiting team members from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Television Animation, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.