On November 10 I met up with Joe Slucher near Cincinnati, and we car-pooled to Altoona, PA for Illuxcon, 2010! I survived a nasty bit of car-sickness and we arrived at the hotel that evening. The con itself started on November 11 and ran until the afternoon of November 14. The whole experience was, to put it mildly, incredible. I got to see so much beautiful art in person, and got to meet so many fantastic people.
In early 2008 I attended Revelations, a Massive Black/ConceptArt.org workshop, but at the time I had only just gotten into full-time freelancing. Illuxcon was the first opportunity I’ve had to meet my fellow illustrators face-to-face since I’ve been in the business, and I was amazed and delighted by how kind and approachable everyone was. Over the four days of the convention, I had so many enjoyable conversations with artists of all different levels, from masters to students (then again, we’re all students). The small size of Illuxcon certainly helped to foster the sense of friendship between all of the attendees, but I think the individuals involved contributed to the awesome all on their own. 🙂
Networking aside, I received much-needed critiques. Jon Schindehette, Mark Nelson, and Lars Grant-West, as well as many others, gave me some really helpful suggestions and asked pointed questions that I think will help me to improve.
Numerous other Illuxcon attendees have blogged about the con, so rather than repeat what they’ve said, I’ll link to their posts.
I will definitely be attending next year! And now, some mobile photos…
Tomorrow I’ll post some more Sketchbook Project sketches and a finished commission.