Spectrum 25 Judging Event Videos and Interviews

The Spectrum 25 judging event was held on February 24, 2018 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, CA. We were joined by the exceptional industry talents consisting of Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz and Chuck Pyle who spent the full day reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions. The group got along exceptional well as they made their anonymous votes followed by the group discussion to select the nominations for special recognition.

I had the pleasure of interviewing four of the judges. I hope you enjoy them along with a video highlight from the day.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 26 Call for Entries is Open!

Spectrum 26 Call for Entries is Now Open!

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 26th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Spectrum 26 Call for Entries Poster was created by the renowned artist, Tyler Jacobson.

To join our mailing list to receive your complimentary poster, please click here.

The Spectrum 26 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin and Kristine Poole. Find out more about the Spectrum 26 jury here

“It is an honor to assemble such a prestigious group of artists for the Spectrum 26 jury,” shares John Fleskes. “I greatly admire the art that these six individuals have created during their careers. I also have a high regard for the educational opportunities that they have provided to others while giving back to the community. I look forward to bringing them together to view the call for entries submissions in February 2019.”

For over twenty-five years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Spectrum! Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,
John and Kathy

Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony Stories and Pictures

Arnie Fenner, John Fleskes, and Kathy Chu backstage while preparing for the Spectrum Awards Ceremony.

Hi everyone!

We have a special treat. This is written by Kathy and John and shares stories and pictures from the Spectrum 25 awards ceremony. The pictures are at the end of the post for those who may not want to read the whole thing.

The Spectrum 25 awards ceremony was held at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 5th. This special venue, owned by LA’s legendary private club for professional magicians, The Magic Castle, made this ceremony exceptionally unique  for Spectrum’s 25th anniversary.

Since we were not hosting Spectrum Fantastic Art Live this year in Kansas City, we took this as an opportunity to hold the awards ceremony in Southern California for the first time. Since it was the 25th anniversary of Spectrum Fantastic Art, we wanted it to be something special. With the help of Bob Self, we were able to get in contact with Erika Larson, who manages and takes care of the Brookledge theatre. Because this venue was so exclusive and was an invite only theatre, we met with Erika several months in advance to see if we could hold our ceremony there. After spending some time taking a tour of the space we instantly fell in love with it. After sharing more about Spectrum and the importance of its community, Erika was gracious in her willingness to let us use the theatre for our ceremony. We are so grateful she did, as it made this year’s ceremony an event to remember.

Every year, the ceremony takes an extensive amount of time to plan, and this year was no different. We normally start planning about a month in advance. The first thing we work on is finding an artist be a speaker for each category. We try to find artists from each specific category because we ask them to do a small introduction that relates to the topic before announcing the award recipient. Some people are excited to have an opportunity to speak and be a part of the ceremony, others who may have no or limited public speaking experience bravely take on the responsibility. We make ourselves available to bounce ideas off of and to help mold their speech when asked. We were lucky this year and found a wide variety of speakers, even pulling in a few shy artists who opened up and did wonderfully once on stage.

During the time we look for speakers, we also start contacting all the award nominees to see who would be available to join us for the evening. We also sent out a newsletter and put out posts on our social media accounts letting people know to contact us if they wanted to attend the event. Because of the intimacy of this year’s venue we wanted to make sure nominees, presenters and those who were included in Spectrum 25 could be there. Due to limited seating, we had to create a wait list for everyone else who reached out. We were grateful to squeeze in all of the nominees, presenters and their guests.

The next thing we did, was reach out to see if we could find people in the L.A. area who could help us run the projector and help take pictures at the event. We were lucky and found a San Jose State University alumni, Justin Vu, and professional photographer, Mark Berry, to work the event.

The next step was making sure we had everything we needed for the ceremony. That included creating the background graphics and videos for the ceremony. We also had to make all the award name cards (including the phonetic spelling for each award recipient) and all the envelopes. These are all made specially for each year’s ceremony. We also created a special 25th anniversary award ceremony print to hand out to guests. We also wanted to make sure we brought our Spectrum office copies to get them signed by the artists who were in the books. We keep one copy of each book (Spectrum 21-24) for display in our office, we take these to all the Spectrum events we attend to have them signed by the artists who attend. Since we were driving down to L.A. from Santa Cruz, we also decided to load up John’s truck with previous Spectrum books to hand out to the guests as well. Everyone who attended received a free copy of Spectrum as a special gift.

We drove down a day before the event so we could start setting up and have enough time to be ready for the ceremony. On the way, we picked up snacks and refreshments for the ceremony. We arrived in L.A. midday on Friday and picked up the awards from William Stouts house. We had them shipped there as it was easier and safer than shipping them to Santa Cruz and driving them down. We then drove straight to the theatre to start prepping for the ceremony itself. We were able to drop everything off for the show and get the awards set up.

The day of the ceremony was definitely a hectic one. Due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to use the projector provided by the theatre and ended up needing to find something to show all the background art and graphics needed for the ceremony. With the help of John’s smartphone, we were able to narrow down some options and were in and out of Best Buy within 15 minutes with a brand new large screen TV. Because of the different format, we had to figure out how to project the background videos we had created without showing any of the extra video details and be able to time all the videos to each speaker and award winner. Lucky for us, Justin Vu showed up right on time and was able to help us get the computer and TV set up properly. Colin and Kristine Poole were also miracle workers and showed up early to help us set up the snack and refreshment table. We also had all the presenters arrive a little early so they could do a run through and practice their introductions.

After a quick change out of our street clothes and into our formal outfits, finally, we were ready.

The doors opened at 6:30pm and the guests started to arrive. Because of all our pre-planning the ceremony ran smoothly. We are so grateful to everyone who helped us run the event because without them, we would not have had such a successful evening. All the guests were happy and everyone had a wonderful time. For us, this is what makes the months of pre-planning worth it. To be able to create a gathering where the Spectrum community can get together and celebrate is not only meaningful, it helps to encourage others. All the award recipients had an emotional response and made sincere and expressive acceptance speeches. Everyone who attended left with a want to do more to create and inspire others to do the same. This is why Spectrum exists and why we find the awards ceremony to be so important to have and to share.

Below are pictures from the event, thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening and we hope to see everyone at next year’s event!

The Spectrum 25 Awards set out before the ceremony

From left to right: John Fleskes (Spectrum director), Kathy Chu (Flesk VP), and master of ceremonies for the evening, Bob Self (publisher of Baby Tattoo Books.)

Spectrum regular and one of the nicest guys you can meet at a party, Luc Desmarchelier.

John and Kathy talking with Te Hu prior to the ceremony starting. Te ran over his opening talk with us before the show began.

Our magician guest who performed during the event talking with William Stout (left).

Bob Self, Joel Beren and Olivia De Berardinis graced us with their appearance.

Bob Self, Master of Ceremonies, energetically welcoming the guests.

Colin and Kristine Poole, both involved with Spectrum for many years, introducing the Rising Star Award, which they created and announce each year to highlight an outstanding newcomer to the field.

Miranda Meeks graciously accepting the Rising Star Award. She had arrived earlier that day after flying in from Utah. Until an hour before the show we were unsure if she would make it, and we were thrilled when she arrived.

Te Hu, introducing the Advertising Category. This was his first time on the Spectrum stage and he was energetic and charmed everyone.

Laurel Blechman surprised and happily accepting accepting the Advertising Silver Award. Laurel gave an emotional acceptance speech while dedicating the award to Glen Orbik.

Tim O’Brien, the president of the Society of Illustrators, introducing the Book Category.

Victo Ngai, most nominated in a single year and one of the best of her generation, accepting the Gold Award for the Book category.

William Stout, introducing the significance of the Comic category and how much it has changed throughout the years.

Craig Elliott gave a memorable introduction to the Concept Art category.

Anthony Francisco, Marvel Studios senior visual development artist passionately accepting the Silver Award for the Concept Art category.

Wangjie Li was very honored to accept the Gold Award for the Concept Art category.

Arnie Fenner presenting the Memorial to honor artists who passed away in 2017.

Brynn Metheney, who has been in Spectrum many times and has attended many past Spectrum events, introducing the Dimensional category.

Jessica Dalva, gracefully accepting the Silver Award for the Dimensional category.

Paul Sullivan, introducing the Editorial category with an extremely well-researched and educational talk.

Tim O’Brien, who was very surprised, accepting the Silver Award in the Editorial category.

Edward Kinsella III gave a heartfelt speech when receiving the Gold Award in the Editorial category.

Karla Ortiz excitedly introducing the Institutional Category shared a story of her experience while being on the Spectrum 25 jury.

Alina Chau, introducing the Unpublished category and the opportunity it presents to artists who challenge themselves to work outside of conventional projects when submitting to Spectrum.

Michael MacRae, who was stunned to find out he won an award, receiving the Silver Award in the Unpublished category

Andrew Hem, gave a moving acceptance speech for the Gold Award for the Unpublished category.

Iain McCaig, exuberantly introducing Claire Wendling as the Spectrum 2018 Grand Master and how she influences others.

John Fleskes making his closing remarks for the ceremony, thanking everyone who was involved and congratulating the award recipients.

A group picture of all the attending award winners.

A group picture during he after party with many of the presenters, award winners and nominees.

View from the stage during the Spectrum Awards Ceremony.

Enjoying the after party that went into the late hours of the evening.

Karla Ortiz and Iain McCaig have are contagious with their enthusiasm wherever they go.

Tooba Rezaei, Craig Elliott, Colin and Kristine Poole.

Wangjie Le and Anthony Francesco and guests during the after party.

Thank you all for reading. We look forward to next year’s awards ceremony!

All our best,

Kathy and John

Text and photos © 2018 John Fleskes. Photos by Mark Berry. Videos © 2018 Flesk Publications. Artwork © 2018 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

The Spectrum 26 Call for Entries opens on October 15th!

Greetings!

The Spectrum 26 Call for Entries opens on October 15th! Join our mailing list to receive a poster.

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing Spectrum news daily on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We will reveal who the Spectrum 26 jury is and the artist who made the latest call for entries poster. We will share videos that include a Spectrum 25 book flip through and interviews with the jury. The Spectrum 25 artist copies will arrive at our warehouse in the middle of October. More news will be coming about Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and the Spectrum 26 award ceremony that is happening next spring.

There are a few ways to stay updated. You can follow us on social media and join our email newsletter. Additionally, you can provide us with your mailing address and we will mail you a complimentary Spectrum Call for Entries poster (U.S. addresses only). If you are already on our list, but have moved, you can use this link to provide us with your most current address.
Here’s the link to sign up:

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/newsletter.php

We look forward to Spectrum 25 hitting the stores this fall. We hope you will enjoy it!

Thank you all for your support of Spectrum and Flesk!

All our best,

John and Kathy

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Spectrum 25 Awards Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz and Chuck Pyle debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The 2018 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Laurel Blechman
ComicBase 2018

Brom
The Night Mare

Victo Ngai
Mixc World Launch

Greg Ruth
Moonrise

Yuko Shimizu
SK-II Art of Travel packaging project: CHINA

BOOK CATEGORY

Tommy Arnold
Red Rising

 

Wesley Burt
A Girl & Her Friends

Gregory Manchess
Above the Timberline, page 118–Heading Home

Petar Meseldzija
The Old Man and the Forest

Victo Ngai
Serving Fish

COMIC CATEGORY

Alex Alice
Castle in the Stars, Book 2, pages 60-61

Xaviere Daumarie
Ugly Cinderwench and the Very Angry Ghost, page 3

Gary Gianni
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, page 11

Erik Gist
Kratos

Paolo Rivera
Shirtless Bear Fighter #4, variant cover

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Wesley Burt
Transformers 5 Autobot Design – ‘Canopy’

Anthony Francisco
Okoye and Nakia the Dora Milaje

Te Hu
Ganesh Gangis

Nick Keller
Geisha Interior (Ghost in the Shell)

Wangjie Li
Battlefield Scene

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Akihito
Statue of Peace

Jessica Dalva
I’ll Need Entire Cities to Replace You

Patrick Masson
Life and Death

DopePope
Cthulhu 22 inch tall statue

Forest Rogers
Octopoid Descending

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Edward Kinsella III
My Whereabouts

Yoann Lossel
The Rise

Victo Ngai
Sports Stopwatch

Tim O’Brien
Nothing to See Here

Yuko Shimizu
Unconventional Way

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Piotr Jabłoński
Moaning Wall

Seb McKinnon
Stasis

Victo Ngai
Three Color Trilogy: Blue

Chris Rahn
Vraska, Relic Seeker

Tianhua X
Dinosaur Hunter

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Scott Bakal
Dim Stars: Firing Back

Andrew Hem
Whirlpool

Howard Lyon
Ella Standing Between the Earth and Sky

Michael MacRae
Tip of the Spear

Iain McCaig
Star Wars Triptych

Congratulations again to all of the Spectrum 25 nominations!

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 25 Call For Entries is Open!

The Spectrum 25 Call For Entries is Open!

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 25th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Spectrum 25 Call for Entries poster art is by the revered illustrator, Scott Gustafson. This poster mails for free in the U.S.A to our Spectrum mailing list. If you would like to receive a poster you can fill out the online form here.

The Spectrum 25 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz, and Chuck Pyle.

“I am delighted to have this esteemed group of renowned artists as the jury for Spectrum’s twenty-fifth anniversary,” shares Spectrum director, John Fleskes. “I am honored to have gathered this exceptional group. Each is respected by their peers, gives back to the community, and are celebrated by art admirers for their superb works. Additionally, they cover all of the aspects that make Spectrum great: its diversity and core message that all are welcome. They embrace all methods and categories featured within Spectrum by artists from all over the world, while having a profound knowledge of the industry. They have my full trust when selecting the works for inclusion into Spectrum 25, along with the silver and gold recipients who will be recognized during the Spectrum awards ceremony held in the spring of 2018.”

For over twenty-five years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Hundreds of copies are sent out gratis with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual. The circulation of Spectrum far exceeds those of other annuals and resource books; we deliberately maintain a price that makes it affordable for every budget. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

The largest of this field’s competitions is also the toughest to make; the act of entering art does not guarantee inclusion in the book. Not everyone gets in. The “excellence bar” is raised every year: the job of the jury to make selections gets increasingly difficult. Not being selected is not a personal criticism of the artist, but having your work chosen by the judges is of significance. Join with us to help celebrate twenty-five years by making this volume the best yet: considering the excellence of the work in the previous twenty-four books, it will be no small task, but we’re confident you all can do it.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Launch and Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco!

Hi, everyone,

Saturday, December 2nd, from 2:00-5:00pm, come join us for a Spectrum 24 book signing and release party at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco!

Sketchpad Gallery is proud to celebrate Flesk Publication’s release of Spectrum 24, the definitive annual of fantastic art and illustration. Come join us for a Spectrum book signing event and celebration featuring some of the most talented artists working today!

Spectrum is the premier showcase of imaginative fantastic arts, featuring artists from the comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art, and videogame genres. We are so excited that over ten featured artists will be in attendance, to meet fans and sign copies of Spectrum.

Confirmed artists include Paolo Rivera, Armand Baltazar, Gal Or, Tiffany Turrill, Choo Waiji, Dug Stanat Art, Alyssa Winans, Tanner Griepentrog, Chris Koehler, Kellan Jett, Steven Russell Black, Jonathan Wayshak, Te Hu and more!

Refreshments will be provided!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/381701595614989/

Sketchpad Gallery website.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Book Signing Event at CTN Animation Expo!

Hi, everyone,

The Spectrum 24 book signing event will be on Saturday, November 18th, 10:00AM-11:30AM at the CTN Book Bar. The Book bar is located at the rear of the Exhibitor Pavilion in front of the convention center.

So far we have 14 artists participating! This includes Akihito, Daren Bader, Julia Blattman, Wesley Burt, Alina Chau, Jeremy Fenske, Burton Gray, Matthew Levin, Andrew Leung, Erik Ly, Brynn Metheney, Matteo Marjoram, Ryan Richmond, Uriah Voth.

http://ctnanimationexpo.com/

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Artist Copies Shipping!

Spectrum 24 artists! Here’s a nice surprise for you.

We’ve mailed out 300 packages today with your complimentary copies. Another big batch of books goes out tomorrow. Last year I gave away over 500 hardcover copies to artists, students, and professionals, all with the incentive to get your work in front of as many industry people as possible to get you recognized for the fine work that you do. In addition, it’s my hope that you get commissions and/or work out of being in Spectrum as well.

You all should start to receive them soon. I look forward to your comments when you do!

Thank you all so much for being a part of Spectrum. Whether you are an artist featured in the book, someone who has submitted, or a fan who purchases the book, you have my utmost gratitude for supporting us so that we can highlight and build upon this amazing positive community each year.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Printer Sample Copy Arrived!

Hi, all,

Look what arrived today! Sample copies of Spectrum 24 from the printer. It printed beautifully! I’ve given the printer the approval to ship the books to our warehouse and to our book distributor. They are scheduled to arrive earlier than usual this year. I can’t wait to get them into your hands!

Pre-order now at a special price on our Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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