Artists who are also successful entrepreneurs
Our instructors have been selected because they all possess a mastery of image making, a passion for teaching and are all successful entrepreneurs. Their businesses are diverse and range from every part of the entertainment industry as well as into advertising and fine art. Each of them can talk, at length, about their brush preferences in addition to their tax returns.
Allen has taken a full tour of the concept art and illustration world, with a 25 year history that winds through private commissions, gaming, renaissance festivals, conventions, film and television. His path has lead him deeper and deeper into an approach to art that has become dominated by both his intense creative vision and private obsession with craft.
NEN is a concept artist, illustrator, and low brow artist who occasionally dabbles in comics. Her bold art style matches her bold approach to doing business. Branching out from her success selling at conventions she has built a highly successful series of live video streams on Twitch.
Jasmine is a widely recognized artist with her work seen by millions across her many retail releases, gallery exhibitions and convention appearances. Her fanbase is almost unparalleled in size and intensity. Along with help from her husband and assistant Matt, she's created one of the most successful independent art brands in the marketplace.
Lindsey is a consultant for some of the largest brands in the world, focusing on instructional design and user experience. She is an artist; balancing time for her art, exhibits, and lectures. In parallel with her daytime career, Lindsey does not compromise on her artistic voice. Lindsey’s focus is, following your own path while staying professional, leveraging your network, negotiating your needs, and pursuing new opportunities.
- Self Confidence as an Artist - Lecture
For years, when big entertainment companies need someone to help them launch a new brands, Ron Lemen was the man to help them realize that goal. Throughout that time he has acted as teacher and mentor to many artists, helping them not only with craft but also with bringing their personal vision to life.
Vanessa has the ability to turn the painting process into a spiritual experience. By combining years of painting mastery with an intuitive approach to image creation, she has been able to create a body of work that unlocks the imagination by tapping into the undercurrent of the human experience.
Annie Stegg Gerard
The impact of Annie's meticulously crafted rococo painting style is matched only by the immaculate presentation that surrounds them. Having built an art brand that has captured the attention of the private art collection community, she's created a means of building a dream world that is constructed at her specific direction.
Kelly has built a successful business as an art entrepreneur over a very short period of time through smart research and application of social media tools. Her constantly adapting use of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter has facilitated the creation of a unique and personally driven body of work.
- Social Media Marketing - Lecture
Justin has created a style of drawing and painting that encapsulates the expression and emotion of a wonderfully told story. He has dedicated himself to helping to bring some of the greatest stories to life in grand fashion, having helped to illustrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and many others.
Sean is the creator of Gateway, an original world that he's built into a successful IP that has manifested as a book series, tabletop games and more to come. He has worked as a collaborator on many several world building projects for both the game industry and in film, working with some of the industries top luminaries.
- Introduction to World Building - Lecture
- The Art of Observation - Sketchwalk
Sam built his art business in less than five years. Not afraid to reinvent himself from a zombie portrait artist, he now puts great focus into crafting narratives from Norse lore into large and elaborate oil paintings. He's the co-creator and co-host of One Fantastic Week and co-owner of this workshop.
- Salesmanship, The Art of Selling Art - Lecture
Peter has spent the last decade building his art brand Angelarium and has managed to turn it into a successful business with crowdfunding as a key tool. Constantly reviewing and consulting on Kickstarter and Patreon projects, crowdfunding and web sales are his second passion behind creating digital paintings.
- Build Your Audience with Crowd Funding - Lecture
Collector Par Excellence
Catherine has been actively collecting art since 2009. She has over 200 original paintings in her collection and focuses on traditional artists within the Imaginative Realism genre. She joins us this year to provide insight into the collector’s first impressions of an artist’s self-presentation and their works. Catherine will also discuss collaborating with collectors on commissions, many of hers have been featured in art publications.