Sunday, November 20, 2011

Art Adventures 2011

What's goin' on everybody. Accompany me on this post as I go over the past few art events that I visited: IndieCade, DesignerCon, and a Joe Ledbetter signing. Prepare for a lot of pictures! (I'm going to apologize in advance for the quality of some of the pictures. There was quite a lot goin' on at these events. Lol.)

First, IndieCade. IndieCade was held in early October this year. As a brief background, IndieCade is an independent game festival held in downtown Culver City every year. It's fairly young, this year was it's fourth year. This year was my first, and I was pleasantly surprised. At IndieCade, there's a check-in point where you get the essentials for the event: festival program, event listings, map, etc. From there, you have a number of places that you could go to. The way it works is certain stores/locations in Culver are specifically open as a gallery for game creators to showcase their games.  The whole festival isn't contained to one big location. It was spread out all over downtown Culver City. The best location, in my opinion, was the Fire Station. Check out the pictures below!


There were these enormous Space Invaders replicas all around Culver!

The coolest venue of the festival, the Fire Station. It was filled with great games and independent game enthusiasts of all kinds: gamers, creators, execs, producers, etc.

The best game I saw there was a game called Bridge. We got a chance to talk to the creator, Ty Taylor,  really cool people. The game has a brilliant concept and amazing mechanics. I highly recommend it. I know the picture I took sucks, but you can check the game out here

Next, Designer Con. Designer Con was pretty damn awesome this year. It's held in Pasadena every year in November. It's a convention for Vinyl Toys, Urban Art, and Designers. I've been to a few and it gets better every time. This one was by far the best. There were rows upon rows of booths with amazing toys, artwork, and  artists. Toward the front, they were shooting webisodes interviewing some of the top designers that showed up this year. Towards the back, there was a stage for featured artists to do live painting. This year I picked up some vinyl toy Mp3 players and some prints. Very cool stuff, check out the pictures below!

Designer Con poster designed by Ragnar (sorry for the quality)

Inside the convention hall

Just a couple among thousands of incredible Vinyl Toys that were there.

Spanky Stokes monster! Looks like a cross between Mike Wazowski and Sully!

The very thing that makes time travel possible,the Flux Capacitor.

Ragnar doing a live painting at the back!

A booth with amazing lego displays!
Star Wars Mural

Star Wars chess sets

Lord of the Rings display! This is a recreation of when the Ents marched on Isengard.

Designer Con, until next year!

Lastly, the Joe Ledbetter signing. Poly Imaginative recently released a line of Chinese Zodiac toys designed by Joe Ledbetter. Joe is probably my favorite designer, so when I heard there would be a signing at Munky King LA, I was as good as there. I picked up my respective year's vinyl toy, year of the Dragon. I got that signed as well as a book that I bought of Joe's a while back. Check out the pictures below!

Well, that wraps up our adventure! Thanks for joining me on this trip. Hope to see you all again soon. Until here, Peace! Happy holidays!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Animation Academy

What's goin' on, people. I recently took another trip to Disneyland and visited the Animation Academy again. The character of the session was Tigger. I had already done Tigger and was hoping for someone different, but it's all good. There's always next time. I have yet to post the shots I took at IndieCade at the beginning of last month and DesignerCon which was this past weekend. Look out for those, but until then, enjoy! (Sorry for the wash of yellow over the photos, I shot them at my drawing desk, my lamp's fault.)

Sam's Tigger

My Tigger

Ricky's Tigger