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Concept Art London Workshop
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This feature will be a special one, having spent two days so far in the Concept Art London Workshop, it was only right to do a review on the event.

Lets have a look at some art work from the artist that were present in this event:

Kekai Kotaki www.kekaiart.com

Kekai Kotaki
Kekai Kotaki
Kekai Kotaki

Kekai just blew everyone away with his awesomeness and his calm and chilled attitude. Kekai has worked under the supervision of Daniel Dociu for the Guild Wars series. He painted a live fantasy environment from loose sketching all the way to colouring the full scene in Photoshop. We had a lot of chance to ask him any question we want and Kekai gave us the most appropriate answers.

You can see a preview of the Kekai's painting in the screenshot below:
Concept Art London Workshop

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Kekai on stage with Jason Felix

If this is the first time you've heard of Kekai, make sure to check out this friendly interview (Some swear words) www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVR7Bq…

Jason Felix jason-felix.deviantart.com

Concept Art London Workshop
Concept Art London Workshop
Concept Art London Workshop

Jason Felix
Jason Felix on stage!

Jason Felix was next and Jason has gone through a whole lot of games and had a lot of different experiences in his long career as an artist and has worked on projects such as 'The girl with a Dragon tattoo' and games such as Dead Space 3. He shared with everyone his journey from a very young age to how he secured some big projects. He really pushed on how important it is to evolve as an artist and keeping up with the current technology and limitations.

His best advice for all artist 'Keep your portfolio relevant to the company you're applying for' and 'Don't show your art studies'. Also you have to look for the motivation within you 'There has to be fire underneath you' in order to get the results you want.

Marc Taro Holmes tarosan.wordpress.com/about/

Marc Taro Holmes
Marc Taro Holmes
Marc Taro Holmes

Marc Taro actually talked to us before the event and went through our portfolio's giving us some advice on how to improve and present our work to clients.

The Event:
Concept Art London Workshop
Concept Art London Workshop
Concept Art London Workshop

I have to admit the schedule and the artist list wasn't advertised as best as it could've been. There were no tickets and everyone was asked to hold on to their paypal receipts.

Concept Art London Workshop

The event took place in Coronet Theatre in London, not the best theatre to have an international event like this. The seats are quite hard and the lighting is quite poor. I remember Bobby Chiu's London Workshop last year which was tightly organised, we all were given t-shirts, tickets and everything was dealt with smoothly in a very bright lit studio. The ticket for that event was only 70 and this event cost just under 400 for the early birds.

Concept Art London Workshop

Concept Art London Workshop
The projectors were cool though!

Concept Art London Workshop

Mr Manley keept us waiting for 2 hours outside the doors and then came out to tell us all to make our way to the nearest Portrait Gallery and get to know each other as the venue wasn't ready.

Concept Art London Workshop
And another one.

Day 1
Jason Manley

The talks started with Jason Manley giving us a walkthrough of his life and reflecting back upon some of the failures and successes he had with the various ventures in his life. This was quite cool and we all got to know Mr. Manley a bit better. I had a chance to speak with Jason Manley myself and he is a cool guy and has some really inspirational stories to tell, but he just isn't organised, he even admits that.

Next up was Phil Holland (aka the ghost) www.artbyphil.com . Phil has worked with producers like James Cameron and has over 30 film titles under his belt. He doesn't like the exposure and is happy to work from behind the scenes.

Day 2
Today was a lot better than yesterday. Having a workshop and a life drawing going on at the same time was super cool Mark Holmes was in charge of the figure drawing class and Levi Petterfy was running a Matte Painting workshop. Levi has worked on projects such as 'The Harry Potter', 'Starcraft 2' and Diablo 3.

Negatives:
Needless to say the event was organised by Jason Manley so we all had to wait for just over 2 hours before we were allowed in. There was no ticket check which was sad for all the people that paid for them. No free food or drinks, only mentioned this one as 400 people paying 400+ makes a total of 40,000. Thats a lot of money, least they could offer everyone was a cup of tea or coffee.
No formal schedule and the events taking place on the day were decided on the fly by Jason Manley.

Positives:
With an event like this, you get to meet a lot of like minded artist. All humble and really friendly. I even met some people who mentioned Sketchathon and them being part of it (So cool).
Although most of the main advertised artist didn't turn up or haven't been around yet, some of the really cool ones include Kekai Kotaki, Jason Felix, Velocity Kendall, Jason Manley himself and Phil Holland (PHFX).
Its in London so it was easier for people to come along from all over the world.

Verdict:
It is hard to say weather this Workshop was totally worth it at this point but it would've been really nice to see the ConceptArt team take more charge of the schedule and in organising the event. Meeting the artist is obviously a really cool experience.

As there are still two more days to go, there will unfortunately be NO SKETCHATHON tomorrow. I'm still in the event for two more days and if you live locally you can still turn up to the event.

As these artists are there for two more days, feel free to ask any question that you may have for them? I'll personally go to these artist and try my best to get your replies to you.

Have a great weekend,

Gagan
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Maripon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have been there too! I pretty much share your opinion on this, but nevertheless it was a great experience!
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Holly-Mellor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is is such a shame to hear the event is not up to par. When I noticed the pricetag a couple of months back I decided it was way too expensive, for any event in fact! Not to mention the things I've heard about conceptart and Jason Manley himself too. I really hope you can get your moneys worth with the event hopefully picking up and having a proper schedule. I'd be demanding my money otherwise..!
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
To be honest I was considering it since yesterday. We still have no Carlos Huante or Raphael Lacoste so its hard to say what tomorrow will bring but the schedule has been all over the place. The price tag is quite high for this event. We'll see.
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Holly-Mellor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I would if I was you. Especially if the main artists haven't turned up! Still, have a good time!
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's too bad about the organisation but enjoy the next two days. There will be great moments no doubt and it is cool to see some pics. Coincidentally conceptart is down as well which basically makes me want to stay away from anything Manly has organised...he's like a train wreck of late.
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, Manley isn't the best when it comes to organising stuff but you know what he's trying to make it up to everyone by having 2 life drawing models and one today. We had some senior artist from MPC London and they talked about all things Hollywood which was quite cool. The networking has been the best part so far.
Cheers man!
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