It is a tardy post, but I wanted to share a little of my experience at IlluXcon X. I was a displaying artist in the Showcase along side other amazingly talented artists and illustrators at different levels of experience from emerging to established. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so much imaginative realism.
I had lovely conversations with the artists in the Main Showcase. Down to earth people who were easily approachable and eager to talk about their art and process. I spoke with Julie Bell after she took a selfie for her Instagram and discussed her process and her personal goal to change up her color palette from her comfortable warm to an exploratory cool one. I also discussed John Jude Palencar's experience with working on the illustrated covers of the Inheritance Trilogy written by Christopher Paolini who was a successful teenage author in high fantasy. Christopher had even named a major geographical location after the artist.
I also attended a number of seminars including being introduced to One Fantastic Week which is an extremely valuable resource and community of artists who are making a living doing what they love and sharing their experiences and knowledge with others in the field. There were other invaluable seminars that just brushed the surface of the legal realm to human biology and visual composition.
I learned a great deal about myself while I was there. I have come so far in such a short amount of time and will continue to strive for excellence in art as well as remain hungry to learn and to be inspired. I am looking forward to attending IlluXcon again in 2018 and hopefully exploring other cons between now and then as well!