Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Will attending CTNX improve your art?

So yep, this CTNX post is about 6 months late, haha! I've been a little busy, but it might be perfect timing for anyone contemplating travelling to LA for CTNX this November. 2013 was my 4th year attending, sounds crazy when I say it like this, but I think my life would be very different if I didn't accidentally find this amazing conference as a backpacker, I would still be clueless to this amazing industry of artists.

Over the last couple of years I have been studying everything I can after learning about visual development, completing online courses and countless life drawing classes. But nothing compares to the direct personal feedback you can receive over the 3 days at CTNX, you just have to have the guts and self belief to show your work. 

To list all the amazing artists and friends I met at the expo, would be a blog post in it's self. But instead I thought I would share the feedback I received. I collated all the notes from many portfolio reviews on my Sleeping Beauty's kingdom piece and drew over the piece for you. All of this specific feedback was extremely helpful, and being face to face you can ask any immediate questions for clarification.
Hope this post helps anyone deciding to go to CTNX! I can say quite simply the expo has changed my life, and below it has definitely made this portfolio piece stronger. :)




Also here is a link to my CTNX 2012 review: http://teganclancy.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/ctn-2012.html

10 comments:

  1. It was really awesome meeting you at CTNx the first year I went - that was even before Oatley Academy! Your Sleeping Beauty piece is looking pretty phenomenal too - can't wait to meet up again this year!! It's going to be #COSG ;)

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    1. Beki it's such an amazing weekend! And even more fun catching up with properly with the Oatley Academy! You'll have even more fun this year with a table

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  2. Yay! I can't wait to be there, and see you and have an awesome time in November! Great post!

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  3. I'm hoping there's a possibility for me to come. I'm working hard to figure my situation out! Your Illustration on the other hand, friggin phenomenal! Super proud of your growth Tegan. You're becoming an amazing Illustrator!

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    1. Too kind Edi! Hope the financial stars shine upon you to make it this year!

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  4. This was really remarkable to see. I've enjoyed all of these posts, but until now I've found them quite alien to that which I've learned for writing - which made sense, very different art forms. But that edit screen above is scarily similar to editing a story. Remarkable. Out of curiosity, why did you take away a few of those lights? Not because I think they should've stayed, just that I want to understand the reasons you edited like you did.

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    1. Thanks man! It's funny a lot of the editing in this composition was to show a clearer story in the piece. It's about a kingdom and we want to feel immersed and we want the eye to end up on the castle as everyone is heading there for a reason. The lights were in the foreground, atmospherically they would create the most contrast (rules of atmospheric lighting) and would leave the viewer focusing on details not important to the story, so the decision was to pull back so you eye went from the foreground to the horizon without being distracted. Hope that helps explain it further :)

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  5. If you are ever doing prints of this, please let me know. I love it! I would love to put it up in my daughters room.

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    1. Thanks Em! I'm sure we can find a way to get a print your way! Will be in touch in the new year :)

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