I didn't really know what to expect or how to go about it. I think I went with the intention of getting inspired and talking with the studios and meeting and greeting old faces. I saw some of my CalArts alumni there and former teachers too. It was a cool reunion. Also saw some of my favorite artists like Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Cheeks, and lots of new ones too. There were many talented artists.
I talked to several studios like Disney and Titmouse and asked about job opportunities......I came away with the objective that I have to learn Flash....and 3d....if I want to be versatile, which I understand.
|Who's drawing is this?|
|Well Stefan Bucher of course!|
|Artist business cards. My favorite is the Green Peas by Joe Moshier.|
|Studio flyers and some other helpful goodies.|
|Jesse, fellow animator, making magical strokes on the pegless disc.|
There were also companies like Wacom(makers of pen tablets and Cintiqs), Digicel(2d animation software company), some CG and FX companies and Don Bluth.
So, you wondering about what Ghandi has to do with the Expo?
Well, Wacom had (drawing tablets where you draw directly on the screen) a drawing contest... you had to draw something on a Cintiq there on the spot and submit it, and the winners get a free copy of Corel Painter 11!! I know I wanted to draw a caricature, and I had drawn Ghandi two days earlier...so what the hay, I drew Ghandi for the contest. At the end of the day, I had my free copy of Corel Painter 11! Woot! Thank you Ghandi!!
I definitely want to go again next year, and other similar shows....it's a great time to network and see familiar faces and see great work.