Saturday, October 21, 2006

Pictoplasma Conference

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the Pictoplasma Conference in Berlin. I remember reading about the one they had in 2004 and so when I heard this one was coming up I bought my ticket and went.

The conference is a great way for artists that work in character design to connect, exchange ideas and learn about what is going on. It realy made me understand what I am trying to do by listening to many of the great speakers talk about the paths they have followed.

The stars of the whole conference were the guys from Friends with You. They have carefully blended pop culture with the fine arts world to create some of the most engaging work artwork in the world today. Their performance/presentation on Friday night was one of the high points of the conference.

Other stand out presentations were given by Ian Stevenson, Jon Burgerman & Sune Ehlers, Phillip Hunt, Akinori Oishi and Shoboshobo(my wife's new hero).

So now I am home and inspired. Time to get back to work.

Drawing at Pictoplasma


Anonymous said...

I've been a fan of "Friends with You" for awhile. They've got some neat toys. It must have been a good time meeting everyone and being part of all the creativity.

Neat suggestion - I like Akinori Oishi's work too.

Can't wait to see more of your work. Anymore events that you'll be at this year?

Dan Goodsell said...

I think I am done for this year. Next year will be busy with NY Comic Con in Feb, LA TImes Festival of Books in April, an Art Show at Nick Studios in May and Comic Con in July.

Also maybe some big news about a Mr Toast book soon....

Anonymous said...

Oooh, new book? Cool. We're happy to have you back, we missed the dily gags and comics! Pictoplasma sounded like a lot of fun, wish I was there...:( Question: What's the blue character in the lower right of the last picture near your hand?

Dan Goodsell said...

I have no idea who the blue character is. they set up gaint sheets of paper on the floor and anyone could draw so there were probably 500-1000 people that drew stuff....