Art Track

April 20, 2018
  • Artist Check-in

    April 20, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Art Show Closed to Public. No panel due to Opening Ceremonies.

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  • There Will Be Faeries

    April 20, 2018  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Azalea

    If there’s one thing you can count on in fantasy art, it’s this: there will be faeries! But have you ever wondered how these depictions came to be or why they differ so widely from one era to the next? This panel examines faeries of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions through the ages. From classic fairy tale illustrations by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac to the work of Alan Lee and Brian Froud, to today’s modern and steampunk faeries, we want to hear what you love (or hate) about all of them! 

    Panelists: Stephanie Law, Edsel Arnold, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Andrea Fornero

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  • Women in Illustration

    April 20, 2018  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Azalea

    Join our panel of talented and inspirational artists, including Artist Guest of Honor, Stephanie Law, for a look at the art and experiences of women in the field of fantasy and sci-fi illustration. Our panelists will talk about the opportunities and challenges they have encountered as women working in a predominantly male field and celebrate the accomplishments of women all over the globe who are changing the dynamics of the sci-fi and fantasy art industry. 

    Panelists: Stephanie Law, Angela Sasser, Ariel Burgess, Amanda Makepeace, Melissa Gay

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  • Charity Art Jam

    April 20, 2018  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Azalea

    Archetypes are much more than just the definition of a character; their true beauty is in the different ways they manifest in our lives, in the stories we read and tell, and in the artwork we create and admire. Each has a journey and a story of their own, a symbolism that reaches millions. Join us for this year’s Charity Art Jam to watch these atoms of storytelling come to life as our artists understand them. Each piece created will be available for you to bid on in Saturday’s Charity Auction. 

    Added Bonus: The artists don’t know which archetype they will be drawing or painting until the clock starts!

    Panelists: Melissa Gay, Michael Bielaczyc, Joe O'Hara, Paul Bielaczyc

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April 21, 2018
  • How to Prepare for a Con for Artists and Vendors

    April 21, 2018  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Azalea

    We heard you loud and clear: this is a must-attend panel for artists and vendors on how to navigate the convention experience, set up your displays and tables, and make the most impact in a small place over the course of a three-day event. With handy tips on how to survive the weekend, including how to enjoy the fun without feeling leashed to your space, we have a stellar lineup of JordanCon veterans to answer all your questions and more!

    Panelists: Charles Urbach, Nat Rodgers, Ariel Burgess, Billie Pierce

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  • Win, Lose, or Draw

    April 21, 2018  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Azalea

    Stop in before lunch on Saturday for a chance to join forces with one of our two teams of artists as they face-off in what will easel-y be the talk of the con: WiLD: the Battle of The Return. Even if you don’t compete, this wacky game is a chance to cheer on some of our favorite artists as they let their hair down (especially Amanda!) and cut loose for a wild hour of frantic scribbling and amazing, knee-slapping fun. A good time is guaranteed to be had by all.

    Panelists: Paul Bielaczyc, Kelly Keuneke-Marts, Amanda Makepeace, Charles Urbach, Jeff Jarvis, Billie Pierce

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  • Stephanie Law Retrospective

    April 21, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Azalea

    One of the most influential and recognizable artist in her medium, Stephanie Law has delighted the world with her watercolor art through a myriad of formats, including cover art for novels, Magic cards, RPG artwork, and her Shadowscapes Faerie Tarot Deck. Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with personal symbolism and her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. Attend this session to embark on that journey with her.

    Panelists: Stephanie Law

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  • The Bird Whisperers Live!!

    April 21, 2018  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Azalea

    Melissa Gay & Amanda Makepeace are at it again! This time it’s a BirdWhisperer paint-off for your enjoyment and amazement. The bird for the month of April is the valiant and lovely Bullfinch, and we promise you will be wow-ed as you watch our artists’ creations unfold, especially since they won’t see each other’s work until the big reveal at the end! If you don’t already follow ‘The BirdWhisperer Project’ on Facebook (@birdwhisperer.project), you’ll want to after this panel...maybe even during.

    Panelists: Amanda Makepeace, Melissa Gay

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  • Stephanie Law Watercolor Demo

    April 21, 2018  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Azalea

    From inspiration to tools to techniques, our Artist Guest of Honor Stephanie Law walks us through the creative process she uses to bring her unique view of the world to life. Come see for yourself, up-close and in-person, the depth, rich colors, and whimsical creatures that characterize our Artist Guest of Honor’s beloved watercolor paintings.

    Panelists: Stephanie Law

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April 22, 2018
  • 101 Art Ideas Walk

    April 22, 2018  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Azalea

    Are you an art-lover who finds inspiration in the great outdoors and the natural beauty that surrounds us? Grab your coffee and join Amanda Makepeace and Melissa Gay on a morning walk through the Ravinia gardens for some fresh air and a creative perspective on the natural world. Participants will first gather in the Art Track room and then venture out together. Inspiration is only a walk away…..

    Panelists: Amanda Makepeace, Melissa Gay

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  • 101 Art Ideas in an Hour

    April 22, 2018  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Azalea

    Artists are often asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" The answer is everywhere! Ideas can come from nature, books, a daydream in chem class, or a conversation with your best friend. The imagination knows no limits. Come join Amanda Makepeace and Melissa Gay on this fun and interactive panel to cultivate your very own list of 101 art ideas. We can’t wait to hear where you get your great ideas!

    Panelists: Amanda Makepeace, Melissa Gay

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  • Navigating Patreon

    April 22, 2018  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Azalea

    There are a lot of things to consider before launching your Patreon project: How often will you reward your Patrons? How will you market your project so potential supporters can find you? Will the income stream be worth the hours you will have to put into delivering perks? It can be daunting to support an artist without knowing exactly what type of content they'll receive in return. Our expert panelists will help you avoid the pitfalls and plot a course toward Patreon happiness and success.

    Panelists: Stephanie Law, Angela Sasser, Ariel Burgess

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