Not a run-of-the-mill seminar...
This March 3, we had an extraordinary gathering in Toronto.
With incredible speakers & guests, it was a celebration of the many flavors of inspiration! This was the first dedicated SketchBook event that we've held in our Toronto facility, so we were determined to make it a good one!
The event was filled to capacity and we weren't able to get anyone else in. Luckily, we were able to get a few people from the wait-list into the event.
This event was fueled by amazing people and partners... so a special thanks to these friends who so enthusiastically pitched in to support SBT 2012!
Skottie Young has been an illustrator and cartoonist for over ten years working for entertainment and publishing companies such as Marvel, Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, Mattel, and many more. He is currently illustrating the New York Times Best Selling and Eisner Award Nominated adaptions of L. Frank Baum's OZ novels with writer Eric Shanower. The series has gained acclaim from both fans and critics.
Bobby Chiu is a Toronto-based artist and the founder of Imaginism Studios. He is known for his creature concepts and other fantastical, quirky characters. Some of Bobby’s favorite themes to explore are disguise, irony, and duality. Bobby Chiu has worked on feature films for Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Sony, Universal Studios and is best known for designing creatures for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. He owns Imaginism Studios in Toronto and teaches on Schoolism.com
Nick Pagee consults on Gaming and New Media initiatives for TIFF Bell Lightbox, and is a programmer for Sprockets, Toronto International Film Festival for Children, specializing in animation. Previously, Nick developed Family and Youth Education programming at TIFF and programmed for Sprockets, the Toronto International Film Festival for Children, specializing in animation and student film.
Miguel Sternberg is a veteran of Toronto’s indie game scene. He is one half of Spooky Squid Games, a former co-founder of Capybara Games and helps run The Hand Eye Society a videogame arts and culture group. His pixel art has enriched the movie Crank, the back cover of Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together, the web game Legends of Zork, as well as countless unplayable cellphone games based on major movie franchises. He is currently working on They Bleed Pixels, a fast-paced, gothic lo-fi, platforming beat'em up and producing the Comics Vs. Games artshow.
C.B. Cebulski is just a guy lucky enough to be working in comics. After a decade of editing in the Japanese, European and American comic book markets, Cebulski now serves as Marvel Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Creator and Content Development where he scouts for talent on an international level. Crisscrossing the globe month after month, C.B. is always on the hunt for the best and brightest new artists the world has to offer.
Francis Manapul is a Toronto-based comic book artist currently working for DC Comics. His list of credits include The Flash, Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. Previous works include titles such as Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, Darkness, G.I Joe and of course Witchblade. Francis also co-hosted History Television's Beast Legends, a series that investigates and creates incredible creatures.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a Toronto-based freelance writer and illustrator with a focus on content for young people. She recently illustrated I'M BORED, a picture book by actor/comedian/author Michael Ian Black, due out this Fall (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012), and has an illustrated short story coming out in YA fiction anthology, TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012). Previously, she was the founder of Inkspot and Inklings, one of the very first online writing communities and electronic newsletters.
Benjamin Rabe grew up in the realm of HP-Calculators, Activision games, Beaker and Douglas Adams. He painted his first 4-part-series of comics at the age of 12, started programming Pascal and Assembler on his Atari 600XL at the age of 14. He studied Physics and Math for 2 years and switched to Graphic-Design later. He has helped pioneering the ideas of web2.0 in Germany during the startup phase of qype as the lead designer. He has become a major ‘evangelist’ of the art of ‘fingerpainting’ aka mobile art. He is also founding board member of The International Organization of Mobile Digital Artists, iAMDA.org.
The event took place at Autodesk's Visualization Studio, located at the downtown Toronto office, giving a rare glimpse into the facility where products like Maya, SketchBook, Alias, Mudbox, 123D, and Pixlr are developed. The event was bullfrogpowered with 100% clean, green electricity!
The afternoon was interlaced with inspirational talks and breaks to allow for impromptu demonstrations, meetings, signings, and social networking.
Eddie Murphy is part of the design, development and marketing team with Epson Professional Imaging. SBT 2012 was equipped with Epson printers, and Eddie shared his knowledge, as well helped print artist's work on canvas, fine art papers, and photographic media... real archival prints!
Kyle Runciman, along with other members our team were available to share tips and tricks with using SketchBook.
Attendees and media had a change to tour our office and see our Digital Art exhibit. Susan Murtaugh, Wisconsin-based artist, was a guest of honor, having curated multiple SketchBook collections. She's a master of all forms of digital art (mobile and otherwise) and helped out with sharing the story behind many of the art pieces we had in our collection.
Chris Cheung was the SBT 2012 host & MC. Chris is the Product Line Manager for SketchBook/Digital Art, which proves to be a great match for his background & interests in design, art, technology, business and storytelling. He is based in Toronto.
"The default is to make this event into something great, but considering this is the first time we've brought people together in our hometown, we are compelled to take this one over-the-top and make it mouth-watering and extra-memorable!"
March 4, 2012 - 5½ hours of afternoon programming & more than 4 hours at Lee Restaurant in Toronto, we are all done.
It was truly an amazing day celebrating creativity. With the reveal of internationally acclaimed Chef Susur Lee as the opening speaker, the tone was set for a day & evening filled with surprises and comradery.
We could not have asked for more with such exceptional speakers and incredibly talented guest (really, virtually everyone in the crowd could have gotten up on stage to speak!). Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and contributed to making it such a magical experience!
Here is a post by Debbie Ridpath Ohi about the event! http://bit.ly/A00A2y